The position and status of a woman is low despite the myth of her being considered a “GODDESS “and “SHAKTI” personified. Besides being an embodiment of POWER OR SHAKTI but this power gets controlled by a man.
If you peep back during earlier times in the Vedic period, Indian women enjoyed a relatively comfortable position. Gradually violence against them beggar to be practised; the doors of educational, economic, social, political and cultural opportunities were gradually closed for them. Even their personal freedom in respect of movement, diet, dress, marriage, etc. comes to be curtailed. Every effort was made to make them meek and docile. Physical abuse is common in all parts of the world. Dowry system has been with India society for a long time. But today’s bride-killings have increased. Today violence against women in India has assumed an alarming proportion. According to one estimate, there are about thirty specific forms of violence being committed against women from the pre-natal stage to their death.
Women are the victim of kidnapping, molestation , humiliation , sexual abuse of the girl child, forced marriages, rapes, prostitution, sexual harassment, pregnancies at small intervals, wife-battering, bride-burning, cursing the widows, witch-hunting, neglect of the old women, etc. For example one of the gang rape that shocked the entire nation in the year 2012 is the nirbhaya gang rape in Delhi .Violence against women is further complicated by other factors in society. Caste, religious, communal and class factors also play a role in the violence against women. Violence leaves a big scar in the victim’s life .She loses her individuality, her very right to exist for herself Even the celebrities are not spared from this violence like rihanna ,ashwariya rai .
No doubt women have come a long way where you can witness how women are climbing the ladder of success but still somewhere a gap prevails and that is the torture a woman face. There is a need to raise voice and fight against atrocities committed on women, as women are full circle within themselves, they have the power to create, nurture and transform .So respect women and say no to violence.