Status of Women in India Essay

1920 WordsJun 8, 20148 Pages
status of Women in India: Peeping into the Grey Areas “However much a mother may love her children, it is all but impossible for her to provide high-quality child care if she herself is poor and oppressed, illiterate and uniformed, anaemic and unhealthy, has five or six other children, lives in a slum or shanty, has neither clean water nor safe sanitation, and if she is without the necessary support either from health services, or from her society, or from the father of her children”. The words of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, reflects the then prevailing conditions of women in India. Much water has flown down Ganges. Today, when we look back at the changing horizons of the role and status of women in Indian society, we could witness that despite having done much towards empowerment, majority of their lives give a dismal picture. From pastoral society to contemporary information and global society, the role of women has changed drastically. The role of a typical “Grihani” (house wife) who catered to all the requirements of the households including the rearing and upbringing of children in various sub roles of daughter, daughter-in-law, wife, mother, aunt etc. has been played quite efficiently. The continuity of changes in socio-economic and psycho-cultural aspects of human living has influenced the role of women. With the process of Industrialization, Modernization and Globalization showing its deep impact on the human society all over the world, the role and responsibilities of women has attained new definition and perspective. Further, this has also led to addition of responsibilities and widened the role of women who also shares the financial responsibilities. The existing lacuna in the formulation and execution of the policies has not changed the grass root situation to a great extent. On the encouraging front, in India there have been relatively increasing

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