Patriarchal bias

Encompassing Phoolan Devi and Bhanwari Devi to Ruchika, Arushi, Fiza, Geeta Sharma, Shivali, Shruti and many more anonymous and unreported fatalities, the list of victimised Indian women is neverending.



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Published: Tue 30 Oct 2012, 8:29 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:48 PM

Patriarchal bias

Encompassing Phoolan Devi and Bhanwari Devi to Ruchika, Arushi, Fiza, Geeta Sharma, Shivali, Shruti and many more anonymous and unreported fatalities, the list of victimised Indian women is neverending. While the impact of westernisation on Indian society is undeniable, it is still shackled by an old patriarchal mindset. Women who are learned, intellectually inclined and empowered are not allowed to survive in society. They are, in fact, often exploited and repressed.

Instead of defending them, the society charges women for these crimes and casts aspersions on their clothes and free movement. Fast-track courts should be institutionalised to give timely justice to the traumatised victims and their distraught families, and exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of criminal violence against them. Last but not the least, all possible financial and legal help should be provided to rehabilitate these victims who have to live with the indignity of sexual abuse and the social stigma attached with it.

A reader, by email

Patriarchal bias

Encompassing Phoolan Devi and Bhanwari Devi to Ruchika, Arushi, Fiza, Geeta Sharma, Shivali, Shruti and many more anonymous and unreported fatalities, the list of victimised Indian women is neverending. While the impact of westernisation on Indian society is undeniable, it is still shackled by an old patriarchal mindset. Women who are learned, intellectually inclined and empowered are not allowed to survive in society. They are, in fact, often exploited and repressed.

Instead of defending them, the society charges women for these crimes and casts aspersions on their clothes and free movement. Fast-track courts should be institutionalised to give timely justice to the traumatised victims and their distraught families, and exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of criminal violence against them. Last but not the least, all possible financial and legal help should be provided to rehabilitate these victims who have to live with the indignity of sexual abuse and the social stigma attached with it.

A reader, by email


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