Women in India

india flagAccording India’s constitution, women are legal citizens of the country and have equal rights with men. Because of lack of acceptance from the male dominant society, Indian women suffer immensely. Women complete the all of the domestic work,  and most of them are uneducated.

India is a society where the male is greatly revered. Therefore women, especially the young girls, get very little respect and standing in this country. The women of the household are required to prepare the meal for the men, and only after the males are finished eating can the females eat. This creates a major problem with malnutrition, especially for pregnant or nursing women.

Starting from birth, girls do not receive as much care and commitment from their parents and society as a boy would. For example a new baby girl would only be breast fed for a short period of time, barely supplying her with the nutrients she needs. This is so that the mother can get pregnant as soon as possible in hopes of a son the next time (Coonrod).

Even though the constitution guarantees free primary schooling to everyone up to 14 years of age, very few females attend school. Only about 39 percent of all women in India actually attend primary schools. There are several reasons why families choose not to educate their daughters. One reason is that all the females in a household have the responsibility of the housework, so even though education does not financially burden the family, it costs them the time she spends at school when she could be doing chores. In addition, even if a woman is educated, especially in the poorer regions, there is no hope for a job. Most jobs women perform are agricultural or domestic which do not require a formal education.

proposed by Aditya B.

from http://global_india1.tripod.com/current.htm