Monday, 2 March 2015

Educate Our Girls-Monjit Roy, Assistant Professor, Department of Commerce


Educate Our Girls


Education is a must for everyone. Without education people are like an empty glass. In 1950,the British government established an education system but after independence the real effort for education in India started. Even after so many years of independence, women in India continue to suffer socially as well as economically at different levels and in different forms. One of the most horrific of violence's against women in different parts of India has been the branding of them as witches. Scores of women are regularly killed on charges of witchcraft across the country. This largely happens in states like Assam, Bihar, Jharkand and West Bengal annually. Women, mostly widows, are beaten and often paraded in the village and sometimes forced to eat excrete. According to a recent report by NGO Association for Social and Human Activities, between 2001 and 2008, 452 women were killed in Jharkhand’s economically backward classes, and a low literacy rate of 53.6% and 38.9% for women have led to prevalence of superstition and violence against women.Women have been the victims of violence all through the ages in all societies, cultures, regions and religious communities of the world. The doors of educational, economic, social, political, and cultural opportunities were gradually closed for them. The birth of the son is an occasion to rejoice and that of a girl of grief. Women’s personal freedom in respect of movement, dress, diet, marriage came to be dominated by man.  As time progressed several ills began to creep up in the society.Violence against women further increased when young girls began to be forced to serve as the Devdasis in the temples, which encouraged prostitution in the religious life. Girls began to be married off at a young age and in certain communities the newborn girls are killed by the parents themselves. Women are perceived as the weaker sex and dependent on man. If she is uneducated, unskilled and economically dependent, she seldom has any choice but to bear all the atrocities heaped on her.

According to the report of the National Committee on Women’s Education (1959), it cannot be denied that the general picture of the education of women was the most unsatisfactory and women received practically no formal instruction whatever, except for the little domestic instruction that was available to the daughter of the upper class families.The education system of India, like many other social institutions has long been discriminatory towards the women. It was believed that women should aspire to become good wives and mothers, not intellectuals, doctors, lawyers etc. Women used to wash clothes, cared and served meals. They were forbidden to speak in public. However, the proportion of women students have increased steadily and mostly in the last decade. The society needs to be sensitized to the fact that women are not meant to be treated as a doormat or a punching bag.The government also took the responsibility to promote education for women in general. In the year 1870, training colleges for women were opened to train the girls to become a teacher in girl’s school. As a result of these efforts, great progress was made in girl’s education in the last few years. Though women have made much educational advancement in recent years, they still have a long way to go before their historic educational disadvantages are eradicated.

Today, the education system for women has improved a lot which has a large impact on the health and economic future of young women, which in turn improves the prospect of the entire community.Education of women is more important because I believe that if you educate a man you educate an individual but if you educate a woman you educate a family. The mother is the first teacher of a child and when the mother is educated, the child gets the best education for life.As we all know the saying that behind every successful man there is a woman.We can make our country a developed and prosperous nation if both men and women work together towards the nation’s progress.Women’s education is a must for the family, society and country. Therefore, we should educate the women and work together as a team then only we can develop our nation.So let us help them, guide them, support them, trust them and believe them but never destroy them (Padega India tabhi toh badega).As the U.S President Barack Obama mentioned in his speech during his visit to India that if countries wanted to develop effectively, they must educate and empower their daughter as much as their sons.
 
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