Need to change attitude: Kazmi
“THE MORE we try to suppress women, the more they emerge as a powerful force. Indian politics is dominated by dynamic women who need no introduction or reference. Even the leading sectors like media and telecommunication are dominated by women who are performing better than their male counterparts.
And there should be no hesitation in accepting this fact,” said Advocate General SMA Kazmi.
Speaking at a seminar on ‘Women Self Defence and Female Foeticide’ jointly organised by State Women Commission and Digvijay Gramudyog Sewa Sansthan at Jan Shikshan Sansthan here on Monday, Kazmi said the Indian women had made their presence felt in the international arena, whether it was sports or business. Even at home, they excelled in their role as mothers. Only a woman could give a respectable status to man and create a balance in society, he added.
“Even in countries like the United States, which talk so much of women empowerment, no woman was made President in the last 200 years, “ said Kazmi while recalling an incident in Los Angeles.
He said before launching an awareness programme to stop female foeticide, it was imperative to self evaluate our feelings and thoughts towards women. “We have to search the answer within and then only we can ask others to change their attitude towards this problem”, he said.
Advocate Sadhana Upadhyay said people called it a progressive society, but the fact was that this society was more backward than people could imagine. In the ancient period, women were given the right of ‘Swayamvar’. Today in no such rights were granted to women. There were atleast 10 laws to stop female foeticide. But there were also 100 ways to break these laws without actually being caught. So there was a need to develop inner strength to deal with this problem, she said.
NSS director Dr Rama Singh said female foeticide was a ‘common’ problem and could be solved by common people only. “We have to think whether we are heading towards a woman-less society”, she said.
Dr Urvashi said due to largescale female foeticide in Punjab and Haryana there were atleast 36 per cent males in the age group of 15-44 years in these states who were not getting girls for marriage