Sexism Mindset: The Biggest Obstacle In Women's Fight For Equality
reema rai 4 Jan 2017

Sexism Mindset: The Biggest Obstacle In Women's Fight For Equality


The Indian women fight nearby misogynistic patriarchy is a symbol fraught behind regressive practices, discriminatory laws and openly sexist comments. Women have been combating for justice , equality, and adulation rights which they are entitled to as per the Constitution of India.  The recent victories in Haji Ali and Shani Shingnapur have brought women one step closer to equality but their journey has not been easy, it has had to travel through landmines of regression and feudal patriarchy of male chauvinism:

January 2017: As the world was making merry and celebrating the New Year, Bengaluru witnessed a horrific scene as women were molested during the celebrations at MG Road and Brigade Road in the Karnataka Capital.

Karnataka Home Minister defended molestation and blamed a “western” sense of dressing for crime against women.“On events like New Years or Christmas, women are harassed and treated badly. These kind of things do happen,”he said.

Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi has gone a step forward and stated that women should make themselves “less available” for men so that they are not molested.If the police are unable to stop rapes and molesation, and if such cases are increasing, we have to come together and think as to how this can be done. One way to stop this is that there is no availability of ladies for them

“If you go to Dubai,  Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, where the law is very strict, such things don't happen there. And there, women don't roam around alone at night”

“Women should not go out with a man who is not their father, brother or her husband. If you follow the system of boyfriend and girlfriend, these things are happening many times”

“If a girl agrees to it, then there is no crime, there will not be a case, and if the same girl disagrees, then it becomes a rape case”

Azmi earlier had compared women to “sugar” and men to “ants,” as an explanation of crime against women in India.

November 2016: A 32-year-old gangrape victim in Trissur, Kerala, who mustered the courage to come out and fight her perpetrators was humiliated and harassed by those meant to protect her. When the victim approached the police, the police personnel asked her “who gave you the most pleasure?” After popular Malayalam dubbing artist Bhagya Lakshmi narrated the ordeal of a rape survivor in her Facebook post, the story of the victim, a 32 year old housewife, came to light.

July 20, 2016: Dayashankar Yadav said: “Mayawati's existence is coming to an end. The score made by Kashiram, his dream is being shattered by Mayawati. Today she is selling tickets.  Even when a prostitue makes a contract with a man, she doesn't break it. But today, such a big politician of our state who has been the chief minister thrice, if she finds someone paying one crore for the party ticket and then if someone offers her two crores, she gives him the ticket. And if she finds someone offering her three crores, she gives the ticket to him. Today her character has become worse than that of a prostitute." The BJP faced massive protests after their leader in Uttar Pradesh made derogatory remarks against BSP chief Mayawati. The BJP leader was expelled from the party over his remarks.

March 2015: JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, a habitual offender when it comes to remarks against women, made this statement in the Parliament: "The body of women from south is as good as beautiful they are. They (women) in our region are not that good as those (in south) know dancing.”

April 2014: Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had invited massive criticism over his statement when he opposed capital punishment for rape, saying “boys will be boys… they commit mistakes.”

August 2013: SP leader Naresh Agrawal faced massive criticism over his sexist remarks against women, where he said that “law cannot be the only solution to reduce crime against women.”
“I have always been saying that reworking on laws is not the only solution to this problem. If law was the best solution, there wouldn't have been any crime happening....I don't think law is the only solution to reduce crimes against women,” Naresh Agrawal had said.

January 2013: When 23 year old Nirbhaya was brutally gangraped in a moving bus in December 2012, self styled godman Asaram Bapu suggested an absurd suggestion that he claimed could have saved her from being brutalised. “5 or 6, However many there were, had she taken God's name and fallen at any of the men's feet and said, 'I consider you my brother.' Had she told two of the others, 'Brother, I am helpless. You are my brothers, my brothers in faith' Had she taken God's name, had she prayed to them, fallen at their feet, then such a heinious crime would not have taken place. The fault is not one person's,” he had said.

December 2012: When thousands of women stormed the streets to Delhi to protest against the Nirbhaya gangrape, son of President Pranab Mukherjee, Abhijeet Mukherkjee, had this to say: “The events that are happening in Delhi are like the 'Pink Revolution'. These protests have no link to the reality on the ground...All those extremely beautiful women who are dented and painted and come for protests, I seriously doubt if they are students. Women of that age cannot be students at all.”


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