A child’s education starts from his or her mother at home. In this context what Gandhiji said was true. For he said, “If you educate a man, you educate ah individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate an entire family”
In India, most people are not aware of women’s rights and thus they still think that girls are inferior to boys. The birth of a girl is not desired. It goes to the extreme of taking away the life of female fetus which we are not supposed to do.
The blame of bearing a female child is put on woman and thus she is ill-treated by her husband and in-laws but we know that the sex of the child is determined by the father.
According to the conservative estimates, prenatal sex determination and selective abortion accounts for 0.5 million missing girls every year. This has been going on for the last two decades.
There has been tremendous progress in the field of information technology, media, science, etc.
But unfortunately there has not been matching progress in the area of education of the girl child, or the rural adult women. Female literacy and education has a direct impact upon the overall development of a nation, and its population growth.
The UNESCO studies show that the female literacy in the developed countries is 96 per cent, in developing countries 55 per cent whereas in the least developed countries it is 27.9 per cent. Education plays a major part in the development of a nation.
Countries with high level of basic education do better economically. If India wants to be one of the developed nations it must concentrate on education and especially on female education. The root cause of all problems facing women is related to education.
If all women get educated, then all the problems like female infanticide, dowry, female suicides, domestic battering, malnutrition of women, child marriage and other related atrocities would get vanished from our country.
Education provides on essential qualification to fulfill certain economic, political and cultural functions and improves women’s socio-economic status.
At every age and level, education enhances the intellectual, social and emotional development of women, and enables them to meet their basic needs of daily life. It brings reduction in inequalities in the society.
Mahatma Gandhi referred to women as a noble sex. He said,” If she is weak in striking, she is strong in suffering.” He has described women as the embodiment of sacrifice and ahimsa. Women in no way differ from men. As men are generally weak in showing love, women are generally weak physically.
Women are strong in showing love, sacrifice and compassion. Usually if we ask a child, “Who do you like, the one who corrects with love or the one who corrects with beating,” the child without any doubt would say of the one who corrects with love.
If so, why do we neglect the education of women who are probably the main cause or at least equal cause for running the society with their love, concern and sacrifices? Do they not totally commit, adjust, cooperate and collaborate to the given task from their own high authority?
We are very proud of India as our motherland. We are happy to name the rivers under female names. We are joyful to tell that our mother tongue is Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, etc. Having been conceived in our mother’s womb, having been born into this world through her, having sucked her milk, having been protected by her at the time of suffering and dangers, having been loved by her all the time, we overlook her when we are grown up.
We see other women of her quality as our objects. We ill-treat them and do moral injustice, social injustice, religious injustice, cultural injustice, political injustice and economic injustice.
We often forget that we all come from the wombs of women. If they ever thought, they could have aborted or killed us through very many means. We are alive because of their unconditional love towards us.
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