The Devi Sukta Hymn of Rig-Veda declares the feminine energy as the essence of the universe, the one who creates all matter and consciousness. The woman is celebrated as the most powerful and empowering force in Hindu mythology.
However, women have always been exploited in the Indian Society. In past there existed rituals like sati pratha and child marriage (which still exists by the way) and today, well India is second most unsafe place for women in the world, worse than even Saudi Arabia where women are not allowed to drive and are stoned for being a victim of rape.
Forget about other things like going out at night, eating and drinking whatever they like, partying etc women can’t even pray wherever they want. Sabrimala Temple in Kerala does not allow women in after they attain puberty. Post menopause women are allowed though. Why? because they are impure because of a biological process in their body designed by God which leads to the creation of other human beings.
Shani Shingnapur Temple has the same case. Before August 26, 2016 women were excluded from the inner sanctum of the Haji Ali Dargah by the Dargah Trust until the court intervened.
This is just a single problem we’re looking at. Women face innumerable difficulties in their day-to-day lives living in the patriarchal society.
First they face difficulty in taking birth itself (I’m pretty sure female foeticide still exists), then they are not treated equally to their male siblings in their own house, they are not given proper education or no education, face problems in finding employment, aren’t paid at par with the male workers and so on.
Instead of all this there are women who manage to shine in the society and I’m overwhelmed. I could just bow down to them in respect. I could give both my kidneys to be like them.
“Woman is a ray of God. She is not that earthly beloved. She is creative not created.”