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Even after seven decades of Independent India, women still find themselves shackled by society's orthodox outlook.

By Prakhar Patidar

Historically men have been considered to be worldly, and women, on the contrary, homely. Thus they are raised to fit these identities. While men are raised to run the world, women are expected to grow up and run homes. Our society is patriarchal in nature, i.e. it favors men and considers females to be subhuman, and despite the legal recognition of each citizen as equal by our constitution, the freedom gap between the two is far from being bridged.


Freedom from poverty is what she demands

social exclusion is a truth of Indian society

Has Freedom Come For All? Photo by V Srinivasan on Unsplash

Photo by V Srinivasan on Unsplash

Even after seven decades of Independent India, women still find themselves shackled by society's orthodox outlook towards them. Some might argue that things aren't as bad as they once were. We have taken leaps from social evils like female foeticide, child marriage, and exclusion from education but, this defense is as dated as is the victory over these particular social evils.

Her eyes are glimpse to the past 

social security for old aged women

Old aged woman with floral dupatta scarf hold black leather cover book

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What I mean is, no doubt it was important to do away with these and deservedly celebrate when done away with but it's time we move on to what presently troubles our women. It is foolish to bask in the glory of the sun that rose and set in the past. Yes, far more girls get to live, marry at legal age, and get educated than what was the case decades ago. The discussion could have ended if these were the only criteria to be able to live truly as a free citizen of the country, but sadly there is a lot more to freedom.

Participation of women in farming

Income disparity

women working on farm field during daytime. Photo by Deepak kumar on Unsplash

Photo by Deepak kumar on Unsplash

Freedom can be only enjoyed when it comes with a sense of safety, inclusion, acceptance, support, and a choice to live life as one wishes, On paper, everyone has equal rights. In reality, one's rights are determined by a number of factors such as caste, class, gender, ethnicity because while we may have been able to break free from colonial rule, social biases still prevail.

Girls performing traditional dance

\u200bIndependence day is a bittersweet day.

Teenage girls performing traditional dance. Photo by pavan gupta on Unsplash

Photo by pavan gupta on Unsplash

Independence day is a bittersweet day. While it brings the pride of the successful fruition of the freedom struggle, it also brings the reminder of the battles India is still fighting. It is easy to tell that men and women enjoy different degrees of freedom. One need not look beyond our own homes, immediate circles, and social reality to find examples of gender inequality.


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