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Gender cruelty, discrimination: Why are there so many restrictions on women's daily lives?

By Harasankar Adhikari 

Violence against women is always a serious and dangerous crime, and it causes social and psychological pain to every society, as well as a stigma to all civilised society. This discriminatory act is always a debated issue in every society. Women's physiological weakness (sex, body, and desire) is the fundamental reason behind it. In the men’s world, women are considered as erotic capital, consumable items, and a medium for all sorts of illegal acts. Infanticide, genocide, etc. is purposeful evidence of conscious torture. So, they are women, but they are not human beings in the male world.
Our old mythological scriptures (i.e., Sankhya philosophy) teach us to treat them as 'Prakriti'(nature), and their strength and beauty are respected to make generations alive. Without women, society would not exist. Their procreation and nurturing qualities are respected forever. And at the same time, seeds of violence are hidden within these qualities. Women's bodies and sex have become the most tangible platform of violence against them. We worship female deities cheerfully and pray for peace, wealth, and other happiness. But we neglect our living deities at home and outside. Isn't it a case of dual diplomacy/hypocrisy? Where are our religions, humanity, and "Adaitism'? Where is our equity and justice? Swami Vivekananda preaches "Adaitism" which means we are only a soul (according to C.Jung, soul is a substance that has independent existence). There is no gender, religion, race, or any other differences among souls. We are the only sons of the one-great father. When we treat others differently in respect of gender, religion, caste, class and other demands, we are making hail of our own. It is the only vice.
Freud’s theory of psychoanalysis says libido-sexual pleasure is the energy of life. He was criticised for this comment because the aim of life is not only the fulfilment of sexual pleasure. However, "Advaitism" teaches that we are born with a specific purpose in mind: to know ourselves. Our spirituality with the performance of all duties in family life can renunciate us. It is a system to respect each other and to live together peacefully. It is the only way to control our sexual and material needs and demands. It teaches equity and justice. No difference is being facilitated through this system. It is the way to make oneself a Sattva guni from Rajas and Tamas. This simplicity in life can control the level of mental life (unconscious, preconscious, and conscious) and the dynamics of the mind (Id, Ego, and Super ego).
Why are there so many restrictions on women's daily lives? Why are they being criticised for their dress, style, interaction with others, and so forth? Have they made their own choices? Is only the male political mind the responsible factor? Perhaps males have inferiority complexes because they are afraid of their creativity, nurturing power, and strength.
Will Hindutva politics ensure the liberty of women at home and outside? We are observing 75 years of independence. But our women are not free from male domination and male torture. Some laws, programs, and policies are not enough because they are for the fulfilment of political politics. The current President of India is an honourable woman from the most backward community. It is a matter of glory. But what would be the case for others?



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