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Are women safe in today's society?
In childhood days, we have all heard tales of birds once trapped in a cage, set free to fly high, and the underlying moral of the glorious significance of freedom for all. However, sadly freeing birds everywhere would be too hard a task, and someplace else another group remains trapped within the miserable confines of another cage.

Every day while going through the newspaper we find one or more news story on atrocities committed on women including outraging their modesty, appearing either on the front page or the following pages depending upon the seriousness of the happening. It is an obvious question as to how these incidents of crime take place almost on a daily basis when stringent laws are there to deal with crime.

Unlike the past when women were confined to the four walls and treated as slaves in the male dominant society, there has been radical change in the social order and women are now treated equally. In present times, women are more conscious about their rights and most of them are highly educated too. In spite of all this, the women are still subjected to humiliation and torture of different dimensions at various stages of their lives.

News reports appear regularly in the media of women being made targets of attacks for pleasure, fun, comfort, making money or avoiding unnecessary burden right from the womb before birth till old age.

In the Vedas, women are glorified as mother, meaning the one who is the creator and nurturer of life. But on the other hand, they have found themselves suppressed and subjugated by the men in the patriarchal society.

According to the UN Women reports, 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives. The reports also say that 43 per cent of women in the world have experienced some form of psychological violence. Furthermore, more than 1 in 5 women have experienced some form of harassment in public transport. Adult women account for 51 per cent of all human trafficking victims detected globally and 2 in 10 women experience cyber harassment daily, the reports inform further.

Interestingly, crimes against women have more than doubled over the last ten years according to latest data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). As many as 2.24 million crimes against women are reported every hour. 

Women, a neglected gender from early times, have always been the driving force of any developed or developing country. The spate of killings and abductions in Abuja and Nigeria; the attack on Malala Yousafzai, gang rape victim Nirbhaya and many more horrifying incidents in different parts of the world point not only to the callous insensitivity that has pervaded the worldly laws and order system but put our own self proclaimed morals and tradition to shame.

 

Social media and other platforms of interaction are filled with advice, opinion and reasoning over such cases. Male chauvinistic culture through the ages may be one of the major causes. The female role is still limited to child bearing and taking care in the domestic realm. The feeling of superiority built into male subconscious culturally could be tempting for some to take advantage of the weaker sex in satisfying their ambitions, greed and sexual needs. In the drastically changed context of modern society and lifestyle, this mindset of society though has reduced but is yet to completely wither away.

There is also a need to change the judiciary for speedy redressal of cases concerning women and it must work in tandem to slow down, if not halt the swelling growth of such crimes.

These proclamations may sound in tune with the wild musings of a hardcore feminist. The hallow promises of vote seekers, the contemptible use of women empowerment as a tool to reap greater political dividends, empathy and sympathy showered in heaps over victims of abominable crimes and a quick amnesia with it comes to deliverance and accountability, spell out the writing on the wall.

The only solution can be a quiet introspection to gauge the magnitude of the havoc wreaked. Let us hope that the gilded cage of even the modern and empowered women holds strong against the atrocities of a free world. Freedom can be when a woman can move freely in the streets at night. Freedom for them might be sweet but that is how all forbidden fruits seem.

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