"A Woman is like a tea bag you can't tell how strong she is until you put
her in hot water".- Eleanor Roosevelt
Starting with the fact of safety and security of women in India, if we look at
our ancient times, the security of women was never an issue in ancient India.
Women were being treated with full respect and equality as men. Women's safety
does not only mean their safe travels and protection, but it is also a very
broad concept that includes their respect, equality, opportunities, distribution
of power, employment, and other basic treatment which they deserve.
In India Sati, Sabitri, Durga, and Laxmi are worshipped by people treating them
as goddesses where as there is an increasing number of violence against women.
The amount of violence against women has increased by many folds due to the
greater exposure of women in every field of life.
By the way of my article, I will try to explore some of the issues faced by
women in our country.
History Of Women In India:
India is a country having diversities in every person living, talking about
women, India has a glorious history if we consider women in India.
Let's start with women in history:
- Rani Lakshmibai
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As the queen of Jhansi, Rani Lakshmibai fought fiercely and ferociously
against British rule during the Great Indian Rebellion of 1857. Having a
young adopted son did not stop her in the slightest, and many accounts
depict her riding into battle wielding two swords, the horse reins in her
teeth, and her son on her back. Though Jhansi eventually fell to British
rule, Lakshmibai was able to rally her troops and, against all odds, hold
onto her land for over two weeks. Despite being forced to evacuate her city,
Lakshmibai fought to the death, dying in battle after refusing to surrender.
Her strength and bravery made her a legend in Indian culture. She has been
honored with numerous statues, and the Indian National Army's all-female
infantry was named after her during World War II.
- Usha Mehta
A freedom fighter and devout follower of Mahatma Gandhi, Usha Mehta and a
few of her associates organized the underground radio station Secret
Congress Radio during the Quit India Movement of 1942. Her efforts got her
arrested and sentenced to prison for four years for conspiring against the
British government. In 1998, the Indian government honored her with the
Padma Vibhushan Award, one of India's highest civilian awards.
- Kiran Bedi became the first woman to join the Indian Police Service (IPS)
in 1972. She voluntarily retired from the force in 2007 as the Director
General of the Bureau of Police Research and Development. In May 2016, she
was appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, a position that she
still holds today. In 1984, she launched the NGO Navjyoti India Foundation (NIF),
whose mission was to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of drug addicts
and has since expanded to tackle illiteracy and women's empowerment issues.
She also founded the India Vision Foundation in 1994, which works to reform
police forces and prisons, empower women, and develop rural areas within
As we have seen what Indian women are capable of. They are nowhere behind the
men in any field of life and work. Still, women are considered inferior then men
in different fields of work, they are generally considered weak and also are not
treated and respected properly as they deserve.
Cases Fearing Women's Safety:
Many cases give very unpleasant feelings to hear as they involve very heinous
behavior and cruelty to women. In our country no age girl is properly safe, a
child, teen, or adult all fear going out alone.
- The Nirbhaya Case:
The incident occurred when Jyoti Singh, a 22-year-old physiotherapy intern,
was beaten, gang-raped, and tortured in a private bus where she was
traveling with her male friend, Awindra Pratap Pandey. There were six others
on the bus, including the driver, all of whom raped the woman and beat her
friend. After the Nirbhaya Rape Case, where a woman was brutally raped
solely because she was out late at night and was enjoying her life and
freedom our Government has taken steps to improve the condition but it has
not helped the woman much still, the Nirbhaya Rape Case known to be the most
horrific case of a crime against women in the history of India has a lasting
impact on the Nation.
- 2019 Hyderabad Rape Case
In a horrific incident, a 26-year-old veterinary doctor from Hyderabad was
brutally gang-raped, murdered, and later dumped on the side of a road.
According to the Telangana Police, the victim had stopped at a toll plaza at
Shamshabad, near Hyderabad with her scooter. Two lorry drivers, along with
their assistants, deliberately punctured her vehicle and pretending to help
her, took her to the side of a road and pushed her into the bushes. She was
later brutally gang-raped by the rapists and later murdered. The rapist was
killed in an encounter as per the Telangana Police.
- Unnao Rape Case
In a soul-shaking case, a 17-year-old young girl was raped in Unnao, Uttar
Pradesh, on 4 June 2017. The rapist was none other than a former member of
the ruling party BJP, Kuldeep Singh Sengar. He was convicted in the rape
case on 16 December 2019. On 20 December 2019, he was sentenced to life in
prison. During the trial, he was also found guilty of the murder of the rape
Some Responses By The Girls When I Asked Them About Their Safety:
- Safety of women matters a lot whether at home outside the home or
working place. The last few crimes against women especially the rape cases
were very dreadful and fearful. Because of such crimes, women's safety in
India has become a doubtful topic.
- Our government should work on making our streets extremely safe even at late
night or anything� also sex education is a big taboo in India though it is
extremely important and plays an important role in right and wrong.- CHAHNA
- I think women's lack of safety is directly related to the patriarchal
mindset that men grow with.
- Men think that women are their property and that they are superior to them, so
they think they are free to do whatever way they want to behave, and they denial
of consent.-ALFIA NOOR
- I had quite a few experiences where I didn't feel safe and 99% of it was
because of men, staring at you whenever you are out in public or making some
weird noises when you are alone in public made me feel so uncomfortable and
disgusted at the same time.
I feel like it is very hard to feel safe in India because of the amount of
ignorance people have for these kinda "MEN".-TANISHA NAHATA
Today woman is unsafe while walking on streets, roaming in the market, and even
in educational institutions. Facts say brutal crimes like rapes are increasing
every year. Yes, there is N number of punishments for these in our country but
the problem is "justice delayed is justice denied".
I feel the reason for the insecurity of women starts at home when the male
dominant family asks her to wear full clothes instead of teaching their boy how
to respect every citizen. Nowadays, eve-teasing is becoming a fashion. A group
of boys or I must say uneducated boys could be easily found in the locality,
standing in herds for passing cringe comments on the girls passing by.-RATIKA
Here Are Some Of My Views On The Safety Of Women In India:
Starting with the fact that I am a brother of two sisters older than me, I know
what is to be known as the safety of girls. Whenever my sisters go out there is
always some kind of fear in our hearts until they safely come home especially
when they go out alone at night. Our country especially in the following years
has become very unsafe for women. There are regular crimes and harassment faced
by women in their daily life. In India, we worship women's gods and on the same
hand, we treat the ladies with disrespect and bad behavior.
Women are the building blocks of our society, you think about a world without
women, The answer is no there is no future without a woman there. Women play so
many roles in our lives, she is a mother, a sister, a wife, a grandmother, and
much more, they do not demand many things in return for their sacrifices, just
respect and equal treatment is what they all want in return.
Still, we fail to give them what they naturally deserve and want. Women are
nowhere behind men In any field of life still women's safety does not gather
much focus of our government as well as our society. Almost all the girls want
the laws to be strict so that in case of any misbehaving with them the person
will be given a tough punishment to set an example for other offenders. I from
the pages of my article want to request all the readers to treat and respect
women as their sisters and never make them feel uncomfortable around anyone.
I do not think this issue could get a conclusion, I also kept the article short
because this issue is not about more writing and facts it's about our way of
thinking and the education we get. Women's safety should be given topmost
priority not only in India but in the whole world. Government can play a very
important role by making stricter laws for women's safety and crimes against
Parents should teach their children about equality and also society should treat
a girl as equal to a boy in every aspect. Boys should be taught to respect every
girl and to protect them in need. All of us should try to ensure that every
woman in our country should feel safe and secure.
Together we can make women's safety possible and make society a safe place for
them to live freely and independently. Let's take an oath to not disrespect
women and provide them respect and protection and always support them in their
decisions and motivate them to do all the things they wish to achieve.
"Let's Be The Voice Of All The Women And Girls"
Written By: Aryan Trivedi, (Law student)