Women’s Rights: Out of the Dark
If you keep someone chained for a long time, he will break free. If you want to keep a woman covered in the darkness of a burqa forever, she will dance in the light.
Something similar happened that day in Saudi Arabia. Where women are required to wear niqab and not just burqa, so that not a single hair can be seen by anyone, three teenage girls dance the samba on a street in the same Saudi Arabian city of Jazan.
He waved his long hair in the wind. Some say those girls were foreigners. But in Saudi Arabia, all women, local and foreign, have to keep their entire bodies covered.
There is a punishment for breaking a strict religious law. In the last few years, however, Saudi Arabia has abolished some old and harsh laws. Their women did not have the right to drive, they have got that right. Their women have been allowed to go to the cinema and theatre.
Written by Navya Chandravanshi
Women’s Rights: Out of the Dark
In a country where men and women were beheaded for talking in public places, there are women along with men in music concerts etc. Both men and women have got the right to sit together and watch such programs.
The Saudi government has even now said that women don’t need to wear a burqa.
Although Saudi women have not yet got the right to travel alone outside the country, they may get this right soon.
No one benefits from suppressing personal liberty. Men will get all the rights automatically and women will have no rights – or their rights will be limited, this man-made law is the most gruesome, barbaric and unjust law on earth.
This is a horrific tyranny on one’s species. Even in the 21st century, a man named a woman does not have full rights everywhere in the world, because one or two parts of his body do not match with the body part of a man named a man.
Like Saudi Arabia, even in a country ravaged by Salafi barbarism and Wahhabi fanaticism, freedom-fighting women have come out on the streets, standing erect. Knowing that it is illegal to drive, they have registered their protest by driving the vehicle.
Knowing that walking without a burqa is against the law, he has expressed his objection to this unjust law by throwing the burqa on the road. He did not shut his mouth out of fear even after being whipped and roading in jail.
Iranian girls have challenged the mandatory requirement of the burqa by flying the burqa in the air.
As women from fundamentalist countries emerge from the darkness of burqa and hijab, it is strange to see Muslim women who grew up in the relatively liberal laws of the Indian subcontinent happily don hijab and burqa.
Hijab and burqa are not the clothing of the Indian subcontinent. These are the costumes of the desert.
How long will the women keep themselves in the dark with the dress of the desert draped over their bodies? One day she too will come out on the road to get freedom like the women of Saudi Arabia.
One day she will also throw a burqa, wrap her whole body with the joy of freedom and dance on the street. Freedom is the birthright of all of us. This right cannot be taken away by this or that pretext.
It is the innate nature of every human being, whether male or female, to fight for complete freedom, to stand up. Freedom is very necessary for better living conditions, for a better environment, for economic freedom.
And women fighting for their freedom know that freedom from the dress is not just complete freedom, but it is the first step towards achieving complete freedom.
Therefore, belligerent women do not just come out of the shackles of dress and become silent, but they move towards attaining complete freedom.
The truth is that in the Indian subcontinent there are fetters for women every step of the way. This fact is not hidden from anyone that after giving birth to a child after marriage, countless women of the world end their work, performance and career.
Sometimes a question arises in my mind why is there so much need to give birth to a child.
I have found that even the courageous women, who break the chains of the developed society, reach the thirtieth spring of age and get anxious to give birth to a child.
Is this distraction for the fulfilment of one’s desire or to follow the customs and policies of the patriarchal society?
Most of the women want to have children, not for themselves, but to fulfil the demand of having children from their family to maintain the family.
They also want children so that society cannot call them infertile. They are also inclined to have children because they have been hearing since childhood that the meaning of a woman’s life is in producing children and achieving motherhood.
In such a situation, women take the illusion that the desire to have children is their own.
There is also an argument for producing children that only children are useful in old age. But it is at the same time stifling the freedom of their offspring and placing the burden of expectations on them even before they are born.
And it is not at all that by not producing children, the existence of man on this earth will be in danger. The population of the Earth is about eight billion.
The desire not to give birth to a new person in a huge crowd must be natural. But who should explain to those women, who have a very strong belief that not giving birth to a child will make their life in vain?
Navya Chandravanshi is the daughter of Nishant Chandravanshi and Deepa Chandravanshi.
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