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Roshni B.. (For justice and dignity)     13 December 2010

Are Indian women really GETTING ANY RIGHTS in true sense??

Else where
Sheela Ramanathan
Do you know your rights?

Do all women have access to their rights in India? Veena, a senior advocate from Chandigarh, says: “It is difficult for most women to learn and demand what is rightfully theirs.The Constitution and a variety of laws guarantee right to equality, right to life, right to employment, right to a violence-free life but women are not yet equipped to be independent and in control.”

Activists agree that it is seldom easy for a woman to file a complaint. When she files a complaint with the police or court against her husband, she has to be prepared to be served with a divorce petition. While the case continues to collect dust under the ‘Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005’, the real victims of domestic violence end up losing precious time, money and emotional energy fighting, just to hold their heads above the water.

With cases of s*xual harassment at the workplace, women are afraid to approach a senior for help for fear of a bad reputation, etc.

Young girls from backward districts in India are often moved from state to state as  domestic help. Despite child labour being listed under the Indian Penal Code as a crime, does it stop the abuse? 

The Immoral Traffic Act says only a brothel owner or a person living on the wages of a s*x worker can be prosecuted, but we find there are scores of women s*x workers being arrested.

Despite having the Dowry Prohibition Act, women report that ‘Streedhan’ is never in their possession.

Anna T, a software professional involved in Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, says  that women only seek the help of the judicial system when left with no choice. Highly qualified women employees in the IT industry put off motherhood for fear of receiving the pink slip. Does this mean that women must give up their statutory rights? “No,” says Haseena, an acid victim who got justice after a long legal battle, “the fight for rights must go on.”


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Vishwa (translator)     13 December 2010

It is very easy to fall into clichés and keep harping on sterotypes. There is a huge media mill grinding out hype and it is more or less self perpetuating. It is necessary to shed this urbanised sheep mentality and reach out where real women are coping with their lives. There is a lot of joy in their lives and also a lot of sorrow, admittedly many of them are maltreated. The point is that each of us is responsible for our own lives and it is this fact that we need to recognise.

I would love to spend a few days without TV, newspapers, cell phones, internet... May be a nice desert island will do for me.

Bhartiya No. 1 (Nationalist)     13 December 2010

It is true that law is in books only and it is very difficult to fight for their right in the prevailing judicial system and condition.


Police not only arrest women s*x workers but also harasses them, In Mumbai local cops  even raped them.

Condition of female domestic help in Indian and in middle east is worse.

Female migrant laborers who works in brick kilns also faces s*xual abuse.


Ignorance of law does not excuse.



Impletation of law is an excuse for our indian govt.and judiciary.

Bhartiya No. 1 (Nationalist)     14 December 2010


Adv. Kushanji,

"Ignorance of law is not an excuse. " is a presumption.

 Do all the people know all the laws? Or can anyone say that he knows all the law?

Even i suppose most of the lawyers too would not be knowing all the laws of this country.

Vishwa (translator)     16 December 2010

"Ignorance of law is not an excuse"

Another notion propagated by our British rulers in the part to exert their iron authority on the populace.

When our goverment promulgates a new law, what efforts does it make to educate the public about its effects. It is stupid to imagine that an illiterate villager can get all the legal information he needs just by watching TV in a chai shop/

Bhartiya No. 1 (Nationalist)     16 December 2010

Most of the people of this country including legislators and govt. may not be knowing the Preamble of Constitution.

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