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'Women rights violation is still on the rise.' How far do you agree?

Note: This post is not a complete essay but will help you brainstorm to write one.

At a glance, it seems that the question is tilted towards the increasing women rights violation. But, you also have the option to not agree with this statement because the latter part, “how far do you agree?” gives you that flexibility. What you should understand is that there is no concrete answer in GP. If you say that ‘women rights violation is increasing’ with valid points to support your argument you are right. And again if you deny that statement and prove that women rights violation is not increasing, then also you are right.

Because of the high occurrence of rape cases in India, an Indian student can agree with this question and give answer accordingly. However, another student in some developed country, where women rights are safeguarded by the law and the government, may argue disagreeing with this topic.

Acid attacks in India hit the headlines frequently. Such attacks lead to grievous consequences upon the victim. They have to bear physical, mental, and psychological pain of the highest level. Their beautiful life turns ugly within the blink of their eyes because of such cruel and inhumane acts. Such acts are the proof that the women’s life is considered worthless and can be played with brutally in some societies. Such, acid attacks and rape cases in India are the evidences that women’s rights violation has not yet slowed down and is still on the rise.

Generally women’s status varies from society to society. The treatment towards women is based upon how women are viewed in the particular society. If they are considered worthy and useful to the society, they are generally respected. If they are considered worthless and invaluable, then they are generally not treated well.

The chances of women rights violations are high, generally, in the societies where women are considered cheap and worthless. That is because the children are brought up and conditioned in the way that promotes gender discrimination and low worth of women. Men in such societies are even encouraged to dominate women. In such societies, there is no question of women rights. The problem is even more severe because women have to depend upon their husband and sons for income.

However, in the countries where women have achieved financial independence, women no longer need to become the slaves of their single husband. In such societies, husbands no longer feel superior because their spouses have also earned their living and have achieved equal or similar status. Therefore, they do not try to dominate their wife. Moreover, because of work and prestige earned through work, women are given equal or even higher status compared to man. As a result, women are not only confident about themselves, but also emotionally strong. In such societies, the cases of women rights violation are also rare.

Similarly, because of education, awareness level, availability of job and the resulting economic independence, and similar other factors the cases of women rights violation are more in the villages as compared to urban areas. Even if we hear more cases of such violation in urban areas, that is because of the reporting in the media which is high in the urban areas. Many many cases of such violations in rural areas go unnoticed. Even the country people don't have enough awareness to report against the crime being done upon them. That is the reason for low level of reporting of such cases in both police office and media.

Similarly, when the culprit is from the same family, the reporting is equal to non-reporting. For instance, if a women reports her husband for abusing her and in case fails to prove it in the court, she will have to face the additional torture at home from her husband. And even if she is successful to prove it and imprison him, he will try to take avenge after completing his sentence. But in many cases she wouldn't do that, because without her husband, she will have no source of income to support herself and her children. So, she is bound to compromise her rights. Eventually, she will have to live in the same house and with the same husband. The police case will only make the relationship bitter, it does not ensure better quality of life.

According to the report of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the women are twice as likely as men to be illiterate, considering worldwide data. Similarly, "as a consequence of their working conditions and characteristics, a disproportionate number of women are impoverished in both developing and developed countries. Despite some progress in women’s wages in the 1990s, women still earn less than men, even for similar kinds of work. Unequal pay is also a very serious kind of discrimination. Another data relating to the gender-based violence is that it kills and disables as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as cancer. More often than not, perpetrators go unpunished. And many of the countries that have ratified CEDAW (Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women) still have discriminatory laws governing marriage, land, property and inheritance.

Because of all these conditions, women rights violation still exists in many societies and is even on the rise in some societies. However, it is decreasing as well in the other societies. Since the world is progressing towards living in the urban areas, where both men and women go to work, we can expect the situation to improve with time. Until and unless the women are empowered financially, their rights cannot be safeguarded.


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