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Copy of How safe is the Modern Emancipated Woman?

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Harsh Gupta

on 10 August 2014

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Before asking that question we might want to ask , "Who is the Modern Emancipated Woman
The modern emancipated woman can be described as one who is independent of any controlling influence and free from the restraint of others.​
But how can we say that the Modern Emancipated Woman is safe in our society?
The incidence of rapes recorded by the police during 2008 varied between 0.1 in Egypt per 100,000 people and 91.6 per 100,000 people in Lesotho.
How safe is the Modern Emancipated Woman?
The custom of dowry, which is common in South Asia, especially in India, is the trigger of many forms of violence against women.
Rape was committed during the Bangladesh Liberation. Over a period of nine months, hundreds of thousands of women were raped.
Such heinous deeds take place every day, can we still say that Emancipated Women are safe?​
If you are still not convinced, let me show you some excerpts from stories by modern working women.
A 27-year-old professional woman sleeps every night with a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber police special under her pillow.​
`When I`m alone in the house at night, every night just before I fall asleep I think I hear someone,`` she said. ``I try to tell myself `No, no, it`s just the house making noise, it`s just the cats.` What am I afraid of?
A 34-year-old designer sometimes returns to her home studio during the day, while her husband is at work, and senses that something is out of place. Something. Hard to tell what. Maybe just a door blown shut by the wind. Her standard response:​
``I`ll pick up a knife and tuck it in my waistband and go real casually about my business.``
Can this be called being safe even when they have equal rights?​
If we were to answer the main question.​
Judging from the above examples the answer would be –​
“Not really”​
But even taking examples from earlier eras.....
Witch trials in the early modern period (between the 15th and 18th centuries) were common in Europe and in the European colonies in North America. Those accused were killed one way or the other. There was no going back.
Women were supposed to be docile and submissive in the Victorian era.
The famous English poet John Keats described the ideal woman as, “like a milk-white lamb that bleats for a man’s protection”.​
Honour killings, the killing of women who disobeyed the society norms or broke the status quo by their relatives, were prevalent.
Women were considered material possessions and were distributed as spoils of war to soldiers.
If asked the same question now, “How safe is the modern emancipated women?”​
What would we say?
The safety of women is still not adequate enough for a healthy working society but the changes that have taken place are certainly in the right direction.​
What we dream of, is a utopian society. I agree we are still miles away from achieving those dreams but at least we are carrying on.
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