October is Domestic Violence Against Women Awareness Month

No matter how much we progress, the true growth of a country is measured by looking at how a country treats its women.  Sad to say that India lags far far behind most of the nations in this respect.  In this day and age, when we have no qualms forwarding silly and pompous mails purporting the greatness of India, women are being beaten, raped, molested on the roads or burnt in the name of dowry. Also sad is the instance where a senior minister in the central cabinet, Sriprakash Jaiswal, the Coal minister gets off with saying that “once a wife gets old, she loses her charm“.  And he hardly gets chastised in public by his boss (Prime Minister) or the leader of his party (Sonia Gandhi) who herself is a woman. The fact that he can get away saying that he was just repeating an old proverb is sickening.

Also a so called Gujarat ka Sher (lion of gujarat) gets away by saying that the pathetic level of malnutrition in his state (after he being in power for more than 10 years and being hailed by all and sundry that he has turned Gujarat into a land of milk and honey but scores worst in the human index) is because “Gujarat is …a middle class state. The middle class is more beauty conscious than health conscious – that is a challenge. If a mother tells her daughter to have milk they have a fight. She will tell her mother ‘I wont drink milk, I will get fat.

These are the kinds of uneducated, uncivilized louts we elect to power; who win elections even after abusing their own citizens.  Heck, the so called sher has been in
power even after lording over mass killing of his citizens. He is not Gujarat ka sher, but Gujarat ka geedar (Jackal of Gujarat). Also, there have been at least 4-5 gang rapes in Haryana in the past 1-2 weeks.  We are yet to hear any of the perpetrators either being booked or being even caught. Such is the state of women in India.

Pic courtesy: http://vawprevention.org

Its more to do with the patriarchal system of society in India where women are supposed to keep their counsel and be subservient and obedient to the male head of the family.  This happens more in North India where still most of the society is feudal.  Hence you see more of honour killings and violence against women.  This has led to skewed sex ratio in the country.  Some of the worst performers are

For every 1000 men, the number of women in each state are given below

The best performing states being

Pic courtesy: http://www.indianexpress.com

Within the United Nations charter, this October marks the 25th observance of the Domestic Violence Against Women Awareness Month”. The first sign of unity towards this
cause was in 1987 when thousands around the world agreed that millions of women worldwide were being abused physically and mentally inside their homes. Decades later,
this is where we stand. In the world’s largest economy — the United States — a woman is attacked every nine seconds. In the world’s largest democracy, “a woman is raped every 22 minutes, and a bride burnt for dowry every 58 minutes”.

News source: Deccan Chronicle