Women Banks vs Women Security: What we need, who is going to decide?


By Anil Jaggi

The union budget presented by  union finance minster Mr. P.Chithambram  was  bit different this  time,  as expected by  all country-men that being the last budget of present UPA government, more soaps will be there to attract voters for coming General elections in 2014,  but  to our  surprise finance minster  took different  routes and  made  different announcements by opening a dedicated bank for women of the country, establishing another  Rs.1000 crore fund  for Nirbhaya, good  one.

I don’t understand why different bank is needed for women in the country, when they do not have any problem in the same bank. He should have offered extra funds, incentives and of course, securities to the women, where they can live without any fear in the society and can be included in social and financial transformation of the country.

As  the past  year i.e  2012  was  worst for giving  bad name  to the security to  women in India, as  Geetika  Sharma became victim of political glamour of  Gopal Kanda and had to commit suicide, and another  sad  story  was  of Nirbhaya, a gang rape victim who left  big question mark of women safety in the national capital, such incidence are  of national shame. On one side we have very promising national women leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Mamta Benerjee, Jayalalitha,  Mayawati, Sushma Swaraj, Shiela Dixit  and many more, who  have power to do anything but why common women is so helpless and insecure?

Every year on 8th March, we celebrate International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day. In different part of the world the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, cultural  and social achievements.

Started as a socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet Union. In some regions, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. 

Not  going in details,  its true sense of celebration  is, when  all women get the liberty  to enjoy their basic human rights  without any fear or phobia, difficult to say that how  much special bank, special train or bus would make the difference. But it is high time to take a pledge that we as individuals will respect women in all forms. “A promise is a promise and its time for action to end violence against women”. 

A woman is the epitome of tenderness, care and wisdom. On this special day dedicated to women, let us take this opportunity to wish our women fold and friends a great happiness and prepare for them a secured world to live in. 

Anil Jaggi is a CSR consultant and can be reached at anil@indiacsr.in.

Text edited by Vijay Kumar Ratre, Associate Editor, INDIACSR, Mumbai.

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