In a country that believes in gender equality and where women constitute half its population, it is absolutely pathetic to witness women are often subject to inhuman torture, violence, abuse and execution by males. Women’s existence is sometimes ignored and often neglected in a patriarchal society. The egotistical attitude of men — as ‘governors’ of society — forces womenfolk to keep their eyes down. News reports on women repression, run by newspapers every so often, speak of how masculine arrogance has subjugated our society to its very roots, and has taken a formidable shape to unclothe the society’s insubstantiality in fighting the very term.
People’s ignorance about the laws of the land and their lenience toward the fatwas, which the High Court of Bangladesh has banned, has created room for local religious leaders or influential people to put before society their flawed, inhuman and twisted views about women. It has also made them more indomitable and made women ‘save’ their faces and of their families, and in a broader sense of society from further humiliation due to them. Reports are evident that men go on the primordial line of satisfying their distorted intention by mortifying women through caging the ‘bird’ for alleged adultery. This is a clear indication of presenting women as sex symbols in the men’s world. And at the end of the day when night falls in, women pick out the best option to hang themselves from the ceiling with their sarees fastened around their necks or some other similar means of committing suicide. The men who are behind all the happenings get a scope to pull the political strings to stay out of the legal reach.
Here also lies our failure to educate the society as a whole. The country has blissfully improved itself in the sector of education, but seemingly in a numerical sense. The authentic principle of education, that is enlightening one’s self, is yet to be served to the root. We have done a lot to make our women empowered and financially involved to pull out the best of them for the country’s sake, but have bizarrely forgotten to provide them with their foremost necessity — security. Gender discrimination has taken its roots so deep inside us that we at times fail to realise we are subconsciously doing it against women. It is not that protests do not arise in the streets or in civil society, but to what use? When such incidents occur innumerably in society, to which no solution is sought at all, these gradually but definitely get merged into the common lifestyle, which is quite impossible to sort out later.
But that should not continue. Unless we provide our women with security they require, gender equality will not sustain in this country.