IN order to contain the threat of COVID-19 or Coronavirus , Various Countries including India imposed a nation wide lockdown , Staying in the ‘ safety and comfort’ of our homes was the only option to battle the crisis.
Unfortunately , Home did not turn out to be a safe haven for everyone! A record number of 1,477 cases of domestic violence were made in the period of 25th march to 31st may ,2020 , this number is higher than the past 10 years figure in the same period.
This despite the Fact that around 86% of women who experience domestic violence never seek help and about 77% do not even mention it to anyone.It was also found that out of 14.3% of victims who sought help only 7% contacted the relevant authorities – police , doctors or NGO’S while 90% only informed their immediate family members.
In Vadodara , a young woman was thrashed by her husband for defeating him in an online ludo game , While in Hyderabad a women and her teenage son from earlier marriage were facing the brunt of her second husband aggression as he could not get alcohol during the lockdown , this is just the tip of the iceberg , horrifying videos from various parts of the country have emerged highlighting the brutal assault over women
A Substanial proportion of Urban Indian women today are economically independent but a major chunk of women both from urban and rural India are still dependent on their husband for their economic needs and thus find it difficult to walk out of an abusive marraige , and try their best to make things work mostly for the sake of their children.And Since Women here are often Considered ‘ paraya dhan’ they even hesitate to ask for help from their parents.The stigma attached to divorce is such that women find it easier to stay in a violent ,abusive relationship rather than walking out of it.
With the advancement of medicine we will sooner or later find a cure to COVID-19 , maybe someday life will return back to normal but I wonder who will Find the cure to this equally alarming and dangerous pandemic.
When will the Society learn to see women as the equal gender , who is no way less than men, when will they learn to treat women with respect and dignity , and allow her to breathe freely?
Women are not possessions of men , before being a daughter , sister, girlfriend/ wife ,mother they are their own individual self , they have an identity of their own which needs to be cherished and respected.There is no bigger coward than a man who beats up his women in order to satisfy his male ego, these men are a shame for the entire human race and undoubtedly the worst kinds of human being.
It is said that change begins from within ,let us strive to make our homes the safest place for not only the woman in our houses but for all the girls and women out there.
Let us teach our Sons that he is in no way superior to his sister and he ought to respect not only her but all women.Let us pledge to make India free from all kind of viruses , together we can ,together we will!!