Sexism In India

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A birth announcement should be a proclamation that should bring happiness and joy. Instead, an annunciation of a baby being a girl has become dangerous. In India and many other parts of the world, thousands of girls are victims of abuse, negligence, and murder, simply because they are girls. Similarly, to genocide where a specific group is deliberately exterminated, gendercide is a sex-selective killing where men or women are victims disproportionately (Carpenter). The war against women in India goes back centuries with the deeply rooted, sexist cultural dynamics as well as the ineffective and unfair government policies that have led to the increase rates of gendercide.
Girls become victims of female infanticide due to the financial and social
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Due to years of the systematic devaluation of women for centuries, sexism has become woven into their culture and therefore normalized. According to the International Men and Gender Equality Survey, although many males in India support the few policies that have been passed for women’s rights, 65% of the survey takers also believe women sometimes “deserve to be beaten” (Gaynair). In relation to this, a study called “Masculinity, Intimate Partner Violence and Son Preference in India”, found that due to the discriminatory gender attitudes as well as men’s controlling behaviors in the Indian society plays a significant role in the preference of boys over girls as well as the commonality of violence against their partners (Priya et al.,). This also creates a barrier for women. Since every aspect is controlled and dominated by males, females are forced to partake in tradition female roles such as being a …show more content…
If the groom’s family is not happy with the dowry payments, women become at risk for physical abuse and murder. According to the Indian National Crime Record Bureau, India has the highest rate of dowry murders (2013). This report gives the horrifying statistics which follows: 18,233 dowry death cases were reported which means that a bride was burned or attacked every 90 minutes due to dowry greed. Dowry murder refers to the greed of the groom’s family. When more money is demanded and the bride’s family cannot afford to pay more, the bride becomes the victim. The majority of the attacks are carried on by fire and is a common form of domestic violence that is practiced. The most common term to explain this is “bride burning”. In most cases, the bride is doused with flammable liquid and set alight. Although there have been laws passed such as The Dowry Prohibition Act of 1961, the knowledge of this act is not popular. Since policies that are passed by the governments aren’t strictly enforced, women are embarrassed to speak up and seclude to bear the abuse from the in-laws and their

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