It is a well-known fact that women in India do not enjoy the same position as men despite being granted equal rights in the Constitution. This is partly due to historical reasons and partly due to the apathy of all the governments since independence to take suitable measures to correct this problem. Starting from birth, girls do not get as much attention from their parents as do boys. The age old customs and beliefs of the patriarchal structure, heir to property, the fear and burden of dowry etc, continue to dictate both the urban and rural people to favour and pamper the male child.
Despite laws against gender determination and discrimination, parents continue to avoid having a girl child. Many take the extreme step to even kill the girl child after she is born.
Literacy among women is lower in India as compared to men. It is believed that a girl’s ultimate destiny is to get married and work inside the home. Thus, she is often deprived of the right to education. In some cases, women are discriminated against by being paid less than their male counterparts for the same work.
Thus, everyone should join hands to shun gender discrimination. People should realise that their daughters are as competent as sons and could be the next Kalpana Chawla, Kiran Bedi or Indira Gandhi.