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The Status Of Women In India

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RE: The Status of Women in India, Universal v. Relative Human Rights, Sovereignty

Within four years, from 2009 through 2012, India's sudden economical improvement was an interest of many countries, including the United States. Due to its seven percent annual increase in GDP the Goldman Sachs predicted India to become one of the top five global economies by 2030, each comment on the country was in regards to its new potential. That is until December 16, 2012 on which India was the source of an international social media outrage, as protesters demanded the conviction of six men. Not soon after this negative media, India's economy began experiencing inflammation almost as rapidly as its increase in GDP. In the article, "How India Stumbled" Mehta describes India's vast increase in economic standing as an unintentional facade that hid its true problems. However, instead of discussing potential economic policies that could have maintained India's progress, I would like to analyze the Indian government's violation of its citizen's constitutional rights. As the protesters went to varies social media sites they told the world about a young medical student that was gang raped on a public bus by six men; she later died on her way to the hospital, due to severe injuries sustained from the attack. This news would not have been as disturbing if an Indian politician had not responded to this tragedy with a comment that blamed the victim for provoking her assailants with her clothing. The incident put a perspective on the way in which a female is perceived in India. The deprivation of human rights, both universal and relative, is a violation of each woman's constitutional right as an Indian. This begs the question: Does India still hold sovereignty if they are not protecting their own population?
Unlike most developing countries, where women are still seen as property or have the main goal of marriage, in India women have made the leap into the modern world. Indian women can pursue an education, have a career, and wear modern clothes. India elected a female president into office in the 60s. Even though women are presented with each of these freedoms, taking advantage of any of them could possibly result in a sex crime because women are seen as sex symbols no matter what position they hold. The lack of protection and sympathy that women experience in India is because each man believes that in any situation the rape was essentially the woman's fault for her position in society or the clothes that she is wearing. Even though women in higher positions have been accepted by India's modern society a women having a higher salary than her husband's can result in continuous spouse abuse. As the government continues to ignore brutal crimes and choose not to prosecute the assailants, they are denying the female population simple human rights and security. Not only does their blatant negligence demean relative human rights, the Indian Constitution and the Indian...

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