Sunday, July 22, 2007

India gets first female president

India got its first female president on July 21 in a victory hailed as a special moment in a country where discrimination against women is often deep-rooted and widespread. Pratibha Patil survived a bruising campaign against her to emerge victorious. Well I guess this is good news!!!
While India has had several women in positions of power – most notably Sonia Gandhi and her mother-in-law Indira Gandhi, who was elected to the more powerful position of prime minister, women, still face rampant discrimination. Many Indian families regard daughters as a liability due to the tradition requiring a bride's family to pay the groom's family a large dowry of cash and gifts. Therefore, their education is often neglected and many do not get adequate medical treatment when ill. International groups estimate that some 10 million female fetuses have been aborted in the country over the last two decades.

It was indeed, so shocking for me to find so many details about rapes, molestation, female feticides, tortures and so on against women and the more shocking part was that nothing was being done. Even the media does not consider it news anymore unless they can make it into a big hype and expose the victim and her family. Eventually the public torments the victims and they make it look like her fault that she was raped or whatever.

Well I am not telling that the scenario is going to change very soon. Nevertheless, I feel that India is slowly moving forward. Well it does not hurt to be optimistic right…
Well I do hope and pray that India will become a better place for females to live in!!!
well this is not a feminist version or anything,just true facts that shocked me...i really dont understand why shuch a huge hype was created for this presidential election and for the first time ever,it was so politicised and lots of hidden agendas, vote leaks and what not!!! i just hope that all this has some value or whatever....

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