The Truth of Woman's Emancipation
by Srirupa Choudhury
Are women really free in today’s world?
This is a question which comes to the mind of many of us. Emancipation in true sense means to let a woman free from artificial barriers and to let her nurture everything within her that craves for assertion and activity.The emancipation for women is a struggle that has gone on for generations and is still going on as women and men are working diligently towards achieving a better future. There have been many movements which have tried to bring forward equality and liberty for the women as guaranteed in the Constitution of India, but these words are better said than done.
Since the Vedic times women have constituted a major section of the society and their contribution is immense in every sphere, however since time immemorial women have been denied of their basic needs which include freedom as well. The Rig Veda accorded the highest social status to the women. During the time of the Rig Veda the society had a completely different outlook with widows getting the chance to remarry, women getting the chance to be educated and appointed in higher positions and also helping the men in every activity and so on.
As we all know, superstitions were very prevalent in the earlier times and even today some are practised in this country. The Sati system was one of those, which denied the widow to live her life after her husband's death as she was also forced to die along with him. Dowry deaths, child marriage, slavery, female infanticide and foeticide are some major examples of how cruel society has been to the women community. With the modernisation of the world and the culture the importance of women has only deteriorated as obvious since cases like Nirbhaya are occurring almost everyday in every part of the country.
Time has progressed and so have we, but real progress would only come when rights that are guaranteed to every mankind are actually given to every human being, not just one section of the society. Man and women are two different sexes representing organic differences which was created by God for the progress of the society. Both the sexes were made harmonising to have a progeny and thus help in the natural development on an equal footing, but over the years we started attributing a lower status to women.
All nations have attained their zenith of glory only when women in these nations have been free, cultured and pure; because they were the main transmitters of culture. Society has slowly started recognising the immense contribution of women in every sphere despite the atrocities that they were subjected to over the years. Now, women are becoming not only a significant unit of the society but also influencing the course of social change in society. But still there is a long way to go before women can call themselves independent and happy.***