Women living conditions in India

Violence and even rape against women in India is considered normal. If we add to this that they suffer a disability and therefore cannot contribute anything to the family, they are treated as human waste

Our group of girls suffered polio and either cannot walk or are deaf and dumb. We do not give them alms, we give them a decent job to feel valued and that they are part of society

Below I share an article on the subject

“In India, different forms of marginalization still persist, acts against human rights continue to be committed, such as child marriage, the practice of burning the bride for dowry issues or selective abortion based on sex, which demonstrate the roots of the old women traditions and the deep resistance to change that still prevails in the country. In addition there is the fact that modernization, in the short term, can be very harmful since, in some cases, it exacerbates practices against women.

The legal age for marriage in India is 18 for women and 21 for men, but the reality is that in this country the rate of child marriage is very high. More than 40 percent of the world’s child marriages take place in India, and in eight of its states, the rate of married women before the age of 18 is over 50 percent. The gap between law and actual practice is evident. There is no shortage of statutes prohibiting child marriage in the country: the Child Marriage Restriction Law entered into force in 1929, and was updated in 2006 with the Child Marriage Prohibition Law. Even so, only 111 cases were investigated by the authorities under the law, and only 11 were convicted. Poverty and customs are factors that contribute to the practice of child marriage, which often forces girls to interrupt their education and that inevitably leaves a mark on the health of women who start having children at an early age.

India suffers from a significant gender imbalance as a result of the preference for having male children, which the widespread use of ultrasound techniques and the increase in income have helped to facilitate. Today, the ratio of men to women is the highest since the country gained independence in 1947. In 2011, there were 914 girls per 1,000 boys. The increase in this imbalance shows how a changing India is still struggling with the gender issue.

As has already been shown, laws are not enough to stop mistreatment of women. For this reason, this country has implemented extreme measures to try to protect women from possible male abuse. One of them is the use of women-only train cars, an increase in the number of female police officers, the availability of more police officers at night, the revision of public transport drivers and the prohibition of tinted windows. A helpline was also set up for women in trouble.

In addition, various organizations – including UN Women – consider that the approval of the draft reserve law for women is necessary, which would allow a third of parliamentary seats to be occupied by them. The women who inhabit the country can only hope that the announced policies begin to bear fruit, to be free of the mistreatment that haunts them and overshadows the economic and political achievements that India has developed in recent times.

I leave you a phrase to remember

“Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, leaves you satisfied and brings you joy. This has more power over our well-being than any other economic factor ”Paul Hawken