women’s place in indian society today

It is believed universally that a girl child would one day get married and live with her in-laws. 50 parents in poor households do not encourage girls to go to school, as it would be a definite waste of time and money. Instead, a girl is taught lessons in home management, ‘ cooking and, in general, looking after the house and the family.

The first question that comes to everyone’s minds upon hearing the birth of a new-born in the family is whether it is a boy or a girl. Instead of inquiring about the child’s health, we wish 0 know the gender of the new-born in the first instance. A child’s upbringing depends much on whether it is a boy or. a girl. Society tells us that the boys and girls can do and cannot do.

This fact is not restricted to our society only. Most societies more or less follow similar patterns of behaviour. Some scholars are of the View that the behavioural patterns of boys and girls are different because they are determined by their respective societies and the values they. Different attitudes and behaviour patterns f boys and girls are influenced by schools, religion, caste, family and “the society as a whole. the distinction between the gender creates inequalities between boys and girls in their work fields and day-to-day life.

discrimination between boys and girls are (a) family (b) school (c) society as a whole (d) workplace and (e) dress code.


This situation is fast changing in towns and cities. Girls prefer to take up various careers and work in offices. Indeed women are working shoulder to shoulder with men in almost all fields. But still, women do not have the same that housework comes naturally to women a lot of physical exercises

a lot of physical exercises.

A housewife has to carry firewood from the forest, which is heavy and difficult to gather. Then she has to fetch water from far-away places. Odd jobs like washing clothes, sweeping and cooking required. Household work drains out a lot of energy due to standing for long hours in front of hot stoves. The work of a housewife is no less than that of a man in terms of strength and stamina, physical labour and toil. some families, women work both inside as well as outside the house.This is referred to as is the double burden of a woman work.

woman as domestic helpers The life of a domestic worker is quite tough.  She is employed in many homes. Her duty begins at five o’clock in the morning and continues till late night. She has to sweep, mop floors and scrub utensils. She also has to cook, cut vegetables, wash clothes and look after children. Despite her hard work, she gets a low salary, about Rs 300-500 per home. A domestic servant’s work is looked down upon in our society) There are no provisions for leave and other benefits. She has to work in several homes, and in between rush to her home, to do work.

 Lack of education: Girls are kept away from school so that they can help in the household.

school so that they can help in the household work and look after siblings.

 Malnutrition: The age-old tradition that women eat last and the least, result in malnutrition.

a Poor health: Being a woman leads to getting less attention from the family where males are given preference to females in diet, medical attention etc.

Our Constitution does not discriminate against women. Everyone, male or female, is equal in the eyes of law. Same fundamental rights are I guaranteed to women too, as to men. In actual practice, however, there is discrimination against women in the family, at the workplace and in society at large. Let’s look at the form and substance of inequality between men and women. 

The government has taken many steps to help women and bridge the inequality To help WOmen go outside and work, the government has set up Anganwadis or child-care centres “in several villages. Here working women can drop their children when going to work. Other activities at Anganwadis are giving education and training to women. The government has made it mandatory for organisations having more  These steps Will certainly encourage women to cross the four walls of their home” and venture out.

The government has also reserved thirty-three percent of panchayat posts for women. Recently a law has been passed to enable women to inherit their father’s agricultural land. A law has also been passed making domestic violence as a punishable offence. The Ministry of Women and Child Development is considering a proposal under which poor families will be given money for certain milestones in their daughter’s lives.

The image of an Indian woman is fast changing. and finding an equal opportunity for all women. 



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