Andhra Pradesh

‘Status of women not changed’

Raising their voice: Members of Prajaswamika Rachayithala Vedika take out a rally in Visakhapatnam on Friday.

Raising their voice: Members of Prajaswamika Rachayithala Vedika take out a rally in Visakhapatnam on Friday.   | Photo Credit: K_R_DEEPAK

Women are still the prisoners of caste system, says senior journalist

Despite achieving Independence seven decades ago and issues pertaining to LGBT getting positive response, the status of women has not changed. They are still confined to the age-old idea of ‘Chooser and the choice’, where women are the choice of the chooser (men), said senior Journalist Satish Chandra.

He was speaking at the inaugural session of the two-day seminar on women issues organised by Democratic Women Writers Forum, here on Saturday.According to the senior journalist, women are still the prisoners of caste system.

Honour killings

“The caste system and religion stereotypes have been the major hurdles for emancipation of women. Because of this we still see infanticide, foeticide, rapes and honour killings. The recent honour killings in Telangana, substantiates my statement,” he said.

He felt that the status of women have not improved much since the ‘Sati’ (bride burning ritual) days. “We still have rapes, child marriages and dowry deaths,” he pointed out. Highly critical of the way the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, he said, “When Nirbhaya happened the entire country stood up for her, but in these two cases, which were equally brutal, the response from the Union government and people were not as desired.” Briefing about the seminar, National Secretary of DWWF, K.N. Malleswari said that the seminar was organised to observe the 10 years of completion of the forum.

Various pertaining to women atrocities and issues such as rapes, caste, suicides and honour killing, will be discussed.

Over 150 women writers, journalists and activists from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will be participating in the two-day event, she said.

Forum president Anishetty Rajitha, Ms. Lakshmi of Progressive Organisation for Women and Vivina Murthy spoke at the inaugural session.

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