Gender, Discrimination, Oppression, Degradation, And Humiliation

2267 WordsSep 5, 201610 Pages
All over the world, 8th March is celebrated as International Women’s Day. In fact, gender equality is proclaimed as fundamental right by the United Nations’ Charter in 1945. However, the status of women is not at par with that of men in India. Ages have come and go, but the plight of women is not likely to change. From aeons, time has helplessly watched excesses done on women in the form of discrimination, oppression, exploitation, degradation, and humiliation etc. gender based discrimination represents the ugly face of the society. This is global issue with varying degrees and India is not an exception to it, especially Haryana where it’s a patriarchy society. Patriarchy is social organization has been the dominant reality to define the nature of gender relations in human society that rendered it male-centric in most parts of the world since the dawn of human civilization. Much has changed since the primitive times but the male dominated ethos still holds sway. In spite of all the advances made in the field of woman emancipation, male hegemony is still the dominant reality.1 Haryana is primarily an agrarian society and its towns too are like villages with modern facilities. In male dominated social ethos, the quest for a male child is incessant while the female child is treated as a curse. Haryana folklore crudely depicts female child as highly unwanted. The mindset is reflected in the declining social status of women in Haryana.2 Magnitude of female foeticide in
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