Status of Women in India

She was regarded as a decree of Millions of Rupees on the parents. Further as a wife she always had to obey her husband, "They were not allowed to reason something wrong, but only to serve and die" was the motto for them within four walls, the noble professions of the outside world were considered to be of no concern for them. Whether their husbands were good and bad, they were always forced to consider him as their lord and god.

In the past, women were treated as they were slaves. In the past, it was believed that as they belong to the weaker sex ( a very false belief) they should always follow men's orders and should always remain under the thumbs of men. They were denied from freedom.Women's condition was really not good. In those times, no one felt happy in the home at the birth of a female child. And the things were that much worse that an only girl child in a family was supposed to be a curse for the family.

The current picture is entirely different when we look on the urban areas of India, but in majority of rural areas, the status of women is still same as mentioned above. The changes which took place in the urban areas are very good and beneficial which came gradually. India is changing politically, economically and socially, at a swift speed. The condition and status of women in India is slowly changing and rising. They have begun to take due place in free India.

Men and Women are just like the two wheels of a chariot. They are equal in importance and they should work together in life. The one is not superior or inferior to other. Unlike ancient times, though currently in majority of rural areas of India women are treated well, but with the orthodoxy they are cut off from the main stream of social life. The rural society did not respect them and give them the due position. They have to suffer and work inside the houses. Thus they are completely depended on men.

In the present world, time has changed. This change in time and the process of upgradation of status of women in India started from the time of freedom movements in India. Women effectively and actively took part in the freedom movement of the country along with men. They fought hand in hand with men for India's independence. Female leaders like Sarojini Naidu, Kasturba Gandhi, Lakshmi Bai and plenty of others raised their voices. Women of all sections and societies revoluted against the purdah system. They did not like to live within. They did not like to live within the walls of their houses. As time went on, the status of women in India kept on evolving. They came out and showed to the worlds that women in India could do as much as men, and even better.

Soon after independence, Indian women got back their honour and dignity. The Indian constitution also grants full equality to women. They started taking part in the system and political setup of the country as a full time job. A large number of India women are social workers. Many of them are working as doctors, scientists, engineers, police officers and magistrates. A huge number of women are in teaching profession today. More and more women are getting jobs in MNC's and offices today and nowadays they are even outperforming men. Now women compete with men in All India Services. They capture most of the merit in univeristy and other exams and have proven that if they are provided with sufficient opportunities and resources then they can show some serious talents. Even our Prime Minister was a women and she had been in office for a long time. Our current president is also a women Mrs 'Pratibha Patil'. One of the most famous female names of India i.e. 'Sonia Gandhi' has proved her talent and power at the global level and she is one of the members of the list of 'Most Powerful women of the World'.

But women have still to face several problems in our society. The dowry system makes a woman's life miserable. Though this kind of practice is diminished to a great extent but still some work is required on this prospect. The problem of child marriage is now almost solved. Divorce is now made easy, so that a women should not suffer at the hands of devilish men. Marriages of widows are now more popular and more acceptable in our society than ever before today. Women are given respect in society, they get facilities for education and jobs.

It is for the first time in the history of our country that women have been given equal voting rights with men. It clearly means that women will now take active part in external and outside affairs also. Their voice will now be as forceful and important as that of men. No politician or leader can now afford or neglect or oppose their rights. They are becoming equal parteners in the making, or the dismissing of a government.

Our constitution has given equal rights to women. No distinction has been made on the basis of religion, caste or sex. Plans have already been framed for the reservation of seats for women in State Assemblies, Parliament and the Upper House. Plenty of government as well as private NGO's are working for the upliftment and development of the status of women in rural areas of India too. These organizations works actively for women and they look after the issues like employment, education, rights, and maintaining honor and dignity of women.

Apart from this, India girls have bagged plenty of beauty crowns at international level. Models and actresses like Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta etc. Have won many beauty titles at international and national level. These titles includes the name of prestigious 'Miss Universe' and 'Miss World' titles.

We celebrated 1975 as the International Women's Year. Women's Day is also celebrated with ful joy and respect towards the dignity and honor of the status of women in India. But women should not misuse this freedom and position. They must know their rights and duties. They must also not forget their duties and responsibilities towards their family, society and nation. If this is done successfully along with the exponentially rising women development, then surely our society can be happy and prosperous and the nation and the world happier.

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justom 5 years ago from 41042

This seemed like a good and positive hub until I read that last paragraph. Sounds like you're saying you're all for womens equality but they still need to "know their place" so I guess the old ideas are still in the heads of Indian men. Until you get those thoughts out of your head you will continue to be part of the problem. Peace!! Tom


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Am@n, Interesting hub! I think the women of India can continue to move forward progressively when this concept as stated is consistently embraced: "Men and Women are just like the two wheels of a chariot. They are equal in importance and they should work together in life. The one is not superior or inferior to other."

Thank you for sharing, In His Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I am so glad to hear the women of India have made some progress as I imagine many women led miserable lives in the past. Your hub was very informative.


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Dame Scribe 5 years ago from Canada

I think people overall irregardless of nationality who conduct themselves with dignity and social grace are to be celebrated. It's wonderful to hear women of India are being allowed more freedoms from oppression. Good information.


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RandomLife 5 years ago from Nashville TN

I have to say I agree with Justom. I enjoyed this until the very last paragraph. Power to the women of India, I say! It will obviously take a lot longer for people to stop viewing those women as property it seems after reading the end of your post. It was informative in more ways than one.~


havocspark 5 years ago

@randomlife-

@justom - not only men are having old ideas in mind alongwith them the women also pursue the same ideas in India, the only concern is that they must be equally efficient in all the chores, they shouldn't misuse their freedom and position means that they must not run away from their responsibilties.


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am@n 5 years ago Author

@Justom & Random life : sorry if you have found the last para as a negative point... but i think that you have interpreted it in a wrong way... I meant to say that women should develop and their status must improve but not at the cost of the rights of 'men' who are equally deserving and hardworking and the development of women should not adversely affect the healthy and prosperous 'family' system which exists in India ... that's what i meant to say...


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DRG Da Real Grinc 5 years ago from All over the USA

It's good to hear that things are changing for woman in India and other countries where religion has a stronghold on women's rights.

Good Hub.


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am@n 5 years ago Author

@DeBorrah K. Ogans : thanks for appreciation :) :)


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am@n 5 years ago Author

@Pamela99 : It's my pleasure that you liked it. Thanks :)


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am@n 5 years ago Author

@Dame Scribe : i completely agree with you.great thought and thanks for appreciation :)


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am@n 5 years ago Author

@DRG Da Real Grinc : thanks for reading it and appreciating :) . God Bless


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A very well written hub and interesting to read abot the progress. It is high time that men realize that women are not slaves. Even in the western world. They only have different methods.


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am@n 5 years ago Author

@ Hello, hello : thanks for appreciation... I completely agree with you... :)


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

Regarding the comments on the last paragraph: some people are just looking for trouble.

Here's a little thought experiment: substitute "men" for "women" in the last paragraph. Obviously men have responsibilities to society and should not misuse their freedom and position. Everyone, including men, in a free society has rights and duties.

Just think it through.


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am@n 5 years ago Author

@nicomp : Wow!!! that was really great... thanks for sharing such great and 'creative' thoughts :)


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

nicomp, looking for trouble? I call it telling the truth. If that stings so be it. Indian men, like the rest of us men, need to stop this repressive way of thinking. am@n, we know what you're saying and however you say it that way of thinking is not right. I mean no malice toward you, old habits die hard and I think you're trying. Peace!! Tom


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am@n 5 years ago Author

Well i agree with you but with a few amendments and modifications...


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Tell me what amendments and modifications. I think we can have a fair discussion on this subject so tell me.


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am@n 5 years ago Author

first of all i would like to clarify that I am the one of the biggest supporter of women development and i respect them a lot... for instance suppose a 50% reservation policy has been made as a development in top educational institutions for women... then suppose i got 160/200 and a female candidate got 125/200 , as there are more no. of male candidates than female candidates (which is obvious in India) then my chances of getting in the institute would be very very less as compared to the female candidate... and if there wouldn't have been any reservation than i would have got admission to the institute... So, i just mean to say that women should develop but not at the cost of the opprtunities of 'deserving' male candidates... Yes, they should be given opportunities but they must also prove their excellence using these opportunities... Their rights must not overcome any other individuals rights and opportunities... :)


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

That seems like the same thing they said in this country about black folks. They can be anything they want to be, as long as they know their place. That my friend is a backwards way of thinking. All opportunities should be for all people and based on knowledge not on the color of your skin or if you're a man or a woman. Just because you happened to be born male doesn't, by that criteria, make you entitled. I know those old ways die hard but in order to appreciate women you must give them a fair chance, without stipulations.


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am@n 5 years ago Author

yes that's what i am saying about... but you are not understanding it.... you yourself have mentioned it - "you must give them a 'FAIR' chance", I completely agree with that... but fair means fair... no discrimination to either men or women... that's what i am talking about... please don't take it in a negative sense...I am in favor of development of women but in a healthy manner without affecting the functionality of existing system


tanmay 5 years ago

@aman : very nyc article n research!!!!

@justom: listen dis article is about the status f women n of upliftin it... n u r gettin distracted frm d topic....n d last paragraph u were talkin about just mentioned dat there shud be some sense f responsibility in women so dat she could manage her life well since no nanny can replace a mother.....now dont take it otherwise n say d same old thing of backwardness n all!!!!!!


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am@n 5 years ago Author

@tanmay - thanks for appreciating :)


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

I know you're trying to do the right thing here and I think that's great. I'm just trying to explain that while it might seem that women are coming on too fast, they're still trying to catch up. tanmay, I know well what this article is about, I don't think you're understanding my intentions. I am a supporter of freedom and equality and truth. I hope we can all agree on that. Peace!! Tom


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GusTheRedneck 5 years ago from USA

am@n - Your call that men and women are like the two wheels on a chariot should make sense even to dummies. Custom and culture, plus a great deal of religious beliefs, can get in the way of clear thinking. The whole world seems to be changing a lot in our current times, so perhaps their may be equality of a sort in both urban and rural places. Nice article, am@n. Thanks.

Gus :-)))


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

@justom, No, you're just looking for trouble. It's a shame that am@n can't write words that obviously apply to any sentient human of any gender in any civilized society without being pounded for it.

Did you try my thought experiment? What were your results?


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am@n 5 years ago Author

@nicomp - I didn't got your words

please explain if u don't mind


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

@am@n: my words said that everyone has the same rights and responsibilities that you described in your hub. Your detractors are sufficiently narrow minded to assume they can read your mind and they are only too happy to assign misogynistic thoughts to your composition.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

It is good to read about the progress that has been made for the women of India and I hope it will continue with rapid development! India will benefit from it! Interesting read!


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GreenThumbLady 5 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

This was very interesting. I actually learned something today. It's great to hear that there is some positive progress being made!


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am@n 5 years ago Author

@thoughtforce and @GreenThumbLady : Its my pleasure that you liked it and thanks for your valuable comment. May this positive progress of women increase exponentially :)


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sonia05 5 years ago from india

three cheers to women emancipation and liberation! great hub Aman!


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am@n 5 years ago Author

@sonia05 : thanks for appreciation :-)


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Emily40 5 years ago

This is great and well written.. very interesting too. Thanks for sharing!


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am@n 5 years ago Author

@Emily40 : thanks for reading :)


wendy87 5 years ago

i dont know much about india...but for gk your hub is informative..thnks for sharing


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am@n 5 years ago Author

@wendy87 : thanks for appreciation :)


Confused 5 years ago

I think I understand what Justom is trying to say. Aman when you say fair chance what exactly do you mean?? In a country like India where gender discrimination is prevalent in every section of the society, where atrocities are never accounted for, how do you expect it to be a so called FAIR chance. Regarding the reservation issue i completely agree with what you have said but a competition is fair when both come from a similar society. How do you expect a women who was never given a chance to grow and compete with a man who has been enjoying the power since time immemorial? First let us reach to a stage where we can safely say men and women have enjoyed equal opportunities since birth and then a fair reservation policy can be sought. We men need to face the heat for what we have been doing in our Indian society. I endorse the reservation policy. Also when you say a deserving man should get his due then please explain how can you judge that the girl who got lesser marks is not deserving? You need to understand that many factors must have worked negatively for her to not to perform to her potential. We still need to come out of the pre-conceived notions we carry along. No offences...


Akshita 4 years ago

Women is no longer shy and can confidently move in this man's world.


manish pandey 4 years ago

it gives me oppertunities to know more about the present and past status of women


pushpavalli,A&N Islands 4 years ago

The prominent feature of the article that i liked is understanding one's duty is more important than knowing one's right.


Pahal 3 years ago

Nice and helpful article .nicely written . Did u use some website for help? can u gimme its URL?


tarika 3 years ago

i completly agree wit above status i am very happpy that still women r growig n can make india a great country as gandhiji dreamed......?


parvez aslam 3 years ago

I had also agreed by the progress of women ...the above status is very helpful and nicely written.......

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