Status of women in India has been a matter of concern since long, there was a decline in their status from ancient to medieval times. In modern India, a lot has been changed women are holding high offices including that of President, Prime Minister, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Leader of the Opposition, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, and Governors. But still lot of challenges are to be met and discrimination and violence keep on continuing, that is the price for being a woman in India.
Our constitution has secured many rights for women, but still women in India continue to face numerous problems, including violent victimization through rape, acid throwing, dowry killings, marital rape, and the forced prostitution of young girls.
Preference of son and fear of raising girls have resulted in girls abortion a trend in India. Girls are considered as a financial liability, female foetuses are aborted baby girls killed after birth, many of those who survive face discrimination, prejudice, violence, and neglect all their lives, as single or married women.
Domestic violence is also a common problem among Indian women as society makes it justifiable to beat a wife under certain circumstances. In remote villages life for women is very tough, women empowerment is nonexistent.
Women in India are suffering from malnutrition, neglected health ailments, domestic and sexual violence so celebrating Women’s day is only for female bureaucrats, journalists or business tycoons. Going with International Women Day theme #BeBoldForChange, for normal women, social circumstances are such that women are too Bold but society is not ready to change.