We need another Rammohun Roy to champion gender equality
I agree with Barkha Dutt’s views in Such double standards (Third Eye, January 5) that we the people are part of the problem because we either treat women as goddesses or as inferior beings. Our society fails to understand that gender roles have changed dramatically. Those who have grasped this concept are moving towards egalitarianism while those who haven’t are still exhibiting a khap panchayat-like mentality, which forbids women from using cellphones, going to markets and going out unescorted. It is appalling that these Taliban-like diktats find resonance with many politicians who gave misogynistic reactions after the December 16 rape case. India, I think, needs another Raja Rammohun Roy to champion the cause of gender equality
BP Nailwal, Dehradun
So out of touch with reality
In her article Crises call for leadership (Another Day, January 5), Namita Bhandare rightly points out that it was public outrage on the streets and on the internet that compelled the government and the judiciary to swing into action in the Delhi gang rape case. As far as our leaders are concerned, they were busy making sexist remarks. From calling protesters “dented and painted” to advising women to remain within the “Lakshman rekha”, our politicians have shown that they are out of touch with ground realities. It is high time our politicians learned a lesson or two on gender sensitisation.
Arvind Kumar, Shimla
The struggle for gender equality begins with the basic unit of society: the family. There’s no doubt that lawmakers are responsible for introducing measures to curb all forms of violence against women. But it is the family that can get to the root of the problem by bringing up children who are taught to respect women and in believing that their sisters have an equal standing in the family.
Ramesh Sinha, via email