Vol. 3, Issue 7, Part P (2017)
Being women, poor and old in the 21st century India
The expressions such as, "Unequal", "Unwanted", "Discriminated", "Humiliated", and even "Outcasted" are especially well acquainted with a particular segment of the society which constitutes the half of Humanity. Yes, we are obviously talking about “the Women of India". Oppression of women in India has deep roots in religious and social practices. Abuse of women, insult of women, persecution of women, male dominance in the different walk of life, patriarchy and related issues can often be seen in popular media discussions on women. Women's position in society has undergone from moderate to significant transformations. Though, “Women's empowerment” in itself is a very ambiguous term. The term “Women's empowerment” is one of the most "politically-correct narratives". Well, the empowerment of women for the pride of men makes women just a third class citizen inside the home as well as outside home. The journey from womb to tomb of women is an oppression based life story and unfortunately, is the fate of the majority of women of India. The science of prenatal diagnostics has facilitated the start of oppression of girls/women right from the womb. Even for educated women, life at home and the life at work place is far from ideal. The story of the rural women is obviously extremely depressing. Women live often longer than men. They get married at a very early age in the Indian scenario. Due to male female age gap in Indian marriages, often women end up as the widow. Widowhood is historically most difficult thing for women of India. The scale of mental health issues of aged women is beyond imagination (and also due to the lack of scientific studies in this area), but their hardships, poverty lead malnutrition and diseases etc are visible to any sane person. The story of negligence, insult, abdication of aged women in holy cities like Vrindavan and other religious places are a matter of great concern. This paper is trying to explore the linkages between gender, womanhood, poverty, and aging in the Indian scenario.
How to cite this article:
Chandan Bharadwaj. Being women, poor and old in the 21st century India. Int J Appl Res 2017;3(7):1112-1116.