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Gender Discrimination a Curse on Mankind

Looking for a Better World One of the major interests is the equality of women in all societies.

Gender bias is as hurtful and destructive as any other bias. Gender discrimination a sin on the lives of females, even though 300 years of British rule can’t change this. In the olden days some duration matriarchal families prevailed, but those also disappeared. Females have been exploiting and suppressing by males. They are treating as second grade citizens.

In Indian Society females are often discriminated against. Their health, education, prosperity and freedom are all impacted. The problem is worse in conservative Rajasthan than almost anywhere else in India.

For example, because girls carry the liability of dowry and leave the family home after marriage, parents may prefer to have male offspring. Many babies are aborted, abandoned or deliberately neglected and underfed simply because they are girls. This can be seen in the fact that female mortality rates amongst 0-4 year olds in India are 107% of male mortality rates, whereas the comparable number in Western Europe is 74%. The rate is 119% in Rajasthan. Further evidence of the imbalance is that the female/male ratio within the general population of India is unnaturally low at 927/1000, and even lower in Rajasthan at 909/1000.

Gender discrimination is particularly evident in education where boys are more likely to attend school and to do so for more years. The traditional place of the woman is in the home and so many parents and children consider education for girls to be a waste of time, especially when the child can instead be working or performing domestic chores. Only 38% of Indian women are literate and, at 64%, the gender parity between literacy rates amongst Indian women and men is one of the most unequal in the world.

Child Marriage is another way in which girls are disadvantaged. In addition to limiting educational possibilities and stunting personal development, early marriage carries health risks. A girl under 15 is five times more likely to die during pregnancy than a women in her twenties; her child is also more likely to die.

Valmiki emphasizes care and opportunity for girls. Girl education is more important, most probably a educated male can do the job and survive but he has no control of all the things regarding the family . If a female is educated apart from job she can handle so many things, she can take personal care of her children and elders also. So if women are being educated it will be a light to entire family.

Now a days in this modern and Industrial age the position has some what changed, the government has also introduced reservations and different schemes in favor of the females, but still the discrimination is going on. There is a great need to come out of all the myths and misconception and treat them equally with men.