Rahil Rajesh Gala Media Studies Professor Sylvia Martin 6th April, 2010. Fight for your rights: The effect of Bollywood on the status of Indian women. “However much a mother may love her children, it is all but impossible her to provide high-quality child care if she herself is poor and oppressed, illiterate and uninformed, anaemic and unhealthy, has five or six other children, lives in a slum or shanty, has neither clean water nor safe sanitation, and if she is without the necessary support either from health services, or from her society, or from the father of her childen” wrote V. Ramalingswami in an article of “The Asian Enigma”. Since the time of medieval India, women in the society have been subject to constant repression by their male counterparts. The age long oppression of women still carries on till date even though legally women have the same rights as men. Domestic violence, unlawful practices like sati and female infanticide, prostitution and dowry deaths still heavily prevail in modern Indian society. In such a world that we live in today, it may be shocking to hear that such practices occur and at a substantial rate. Over the years, specifically right after independence in 1947, the government has tried to curb these particular problems but not in an effective manner. In the past couple decades however, due to the effect of globalization; there has been a keen interest in the subject of women’s rights. Professor Amartya Sen once cleverly said, “When Professor Amartya Sen took up issues of women's welfare, he was accused in India of voicing "foreign concerns." "I was told Indian women don't think like that about equality. But I would like to argue that if they don't think like that they should be given a real opportunity to think like that.” He won the Nobel Prize for his contribution in welfare
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