India is the worst country to be a woman among the world’s biggest economies and ranks even lower than Saudi Arabia, where women are deprived from all civil rights, a global poll of experts released a report.
As India is the worst place to live as a female the report indicates Canada is the best country to live as a woman, while even Indonesia, South Africa and Mexico fare better than India. ‘ Infanticide, child marriage domestic violance against women and slavery make India the worst’, the poll concludes, women rights in India are non-existent it adds.
‘ In India, women and girls continue to be sold as chattels, married off as young as 10, burned alive as a result of dowry-related disputes and young girls exploited and abused as domestic slave labour,’ one of those polled was quoted as expressing.
The Gender Inequality Index ranks India among the worst places for women
Gender Inequality Index shows, countries with unequal distribution of human development also experience high inequality between women and men, and countries with high gender inequality also experience unequal distribution of human development. Indian women fare worst.
India ranked at 141 among 165 countries analyzed by Newsweek magazine in the treatment of women and women rights which was published in September.
The birth of a girl, so goes a popular Hindu saying, is akin to the arrival of Lakshmi – the four-armed goddess of wealth, often depicted holding lotus flowers and an overflowing pot of gold.
Indian women : Under risk with her very first breath
India’s women are discriminated against, abused and even killed on a scale unparalleled in the top 19 economies of the world, according to a new poll by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed issued a statement regarding the status of female Indian citizens and argued that although India was on track to become a global power, but her new power and prosperity had remained evasive for many, especially women. Despite economic miracle, women in India continued to face inequalities in opportunities which blocked them from fully participating in the growth process. It was blight on a country, which prided herself on having joined the league of fastest and biggest growth economies.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted: We needed to empower Indian women; provide them better treatment under the law, better access to health-education-politics, and more opportunities for workplace participation; and open up more economic potentials for them.
Indian Women suffer a dillema : Are they only homemakers and childbearers ?
Rajan Zed mentioned that ancient Manusmriti scriptures show :
‘ Where women are revered, there the gods are pleased; where they are not, no rite will yield any fruit.’ Number of Rig-Veda (oldest existing scripture of Hinduism) hymns were said to be composed by women, and Aditi, who was sometimes referred as ‘mother of the gods’, found mention in Rig-Veda as a goddess.
Many of the crimes against women are in India’s heavily populated northern plains, where, in parts, there is a deep-rooted mindset that women are inferior and must be restricted to being homemakers and childbearers.
The Foundation reportedly asks aid professionals, academics, health workers, policymakers, journalists and development specialists with expertise in gender issues to rank the 19 countries of the G20 in terms of the overall best and worst to be a woman.