Note: This is not a pan-India case. It mostly differs from family to family, most of the families have come into the developed era with access to technology, liberalisation, and globalisation of the world at large. However, some parts of India, actually, it’s not a geographical thing, so let’s say, some families in India — it could be in rural areas or even in a thriving metropolitan city — still live in the dark; untouched by the progressive mindset. Stooped in their own ignorance, they continue to believe things that they deem real and true.
Come to think of it, gender discrimination is prevalent across the world. But the sign of a developed country is that it would accord the same amount of equality and respect to anyone, irrespective, not despite, of one’s gender. On the other hand, women in India have either been revered and worshipped as Goddesses, (being sat on a pedestal and viewed as chaste is no fun, it comes with a whole different kind of pressure), or been treated with contempt, as a second-class citizen just because of their gender.
Even though as I mentioned in the opening note, things are changing, and changing at a rapid pace in India, still, there are a lot many day-to-day incidents that makes one wonder and question the mindset of people who don’t view equality as a birthright. Years of patriarchal culture and traditions don’t get challenged and upturned within a day. It’s a gradual process, but we are getting there.