Students of Lady Shri Ram College for Women, one of the most progressive colleges in the country, think that women should be inside their homes by 8pm.
This is irrespective of whether they live with their parents or on their own. This, along with various other findings, have been thrown up by a survey carried out by the institution, released at the college’s academic congress on gender. More than 1,000 respondents took part in the survey. All the respondents were from LSR but from varied regions and backgrounds.
The time interval, considered safe to travel at night, is determined by the diktat issued by parents and self-imposed by the respondents. The respondents were re-categorized into students staying with parents and students not staying with parents. As per parents’ expectations, daughters should be home by 8pm. The pattern of responses in both the categories is similar.
“Hence, it may be deduced that denial of access to public spaces meets with the tacit approval of young women, as they impose restrictions upon themselves” the report says.
The survey asked respondents what their most significant identity was. According to 63% of the respondents, profession was the most significant identity, followed by 27% choosing gender. Only 1% women identified themselves on the basis of caste, 4% on the basis of religion and 5% on the basis of region.
The correlation between gender and profession, however, is a deeper one, the survey shows.
“It is interesting to note that when mothers are home-makers, 64% daughters prefer to take up teaching as a career. This may be attributed to the fact that though young women want to be financially independent, they continue to associate women with the role of home-maker,” the report says.
Fathers, too, affect the choice of their daughters’ profession. “About 50.3% daughters are motivated to work in the IT sector, banking etc if their fathers are professionals (in similar fields),” the report states.
The freedom in choosing their profession, then the report counters, is not very simple and depends on a number of other factors including gender.
The data reveals that for young women, career-choices are explored from the vantage of the impending familial roles.