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  • 038 deepika Singh
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    A single mother with a kid always faces society’s barbs and questions. They are always looked upon with sympathy and pity. What are your thoughts?

    Samriti Sharma
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    Today we are living in 21st century but still single mothers continue to be looked at differently in our society. First of all they are looked at with sympathy, shock or contempt. I personally here fail to understand that absence of father in Indian society disregards the legitimacy of a single mother as a parent. due to the patriarchal setup of the society such single mothers have always been a victim of criticism be it from friends, family or any other social group. the society however can never change but we can, undoubtably it becomes difficult at first to manage all the things alone with the utmost responsibility of a child but then as it is said nothing is impossible. so, there have been many instances where the women didn’t allow to suppress them and fought back for their rights as a competent parent in society confidently.
    although the fact cant not be ignored that single mothers have to face a lot of hardships. the main challenges faced are the right bringing up of a child, they have to face illicit approaches by other men, single mothers are often victims of sexual harassment. it has been righty said that “being single doesn’t mean she’s available”.
    it is high time today that instead of considering single mothers week, their strength, courage and efforts should be recognized and appreciated publicly, this will not only enhance self esteem but would also contribute in regaining her lost reputation in the market. the judgmental aspect of the society needs to be changed if we really desire to live in a free and democratic country.

    Raisha Vijray
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    Single mothers have often faced discrimination in different aspects. They have been continuously criticised by the society and are held responsible for the demise of their spouse. People continuously make them feel as if they are the reason for everything negative and harmful that has been happened in their families. Nobody realises that a Mother is somebody who crosses all the borders for her child or her family. The efforts that a Mother puts in just to make her child and family happy are never taken into consideration. Thus, even today, in the 21st century we could observe people constantly criticising them and expecting them to sit inside without food and financial resources and survive with the bare minimum, they are still somehow expected to remain housewives irrespective of the lack of resources they might have due to not working. A woman is stronger than anybody and has all the rights to work hard for her family and child to make them happy and provide them with sufficient resources that are needed by them. Therefore a single mother has all the rights for herself and nobody else has the right to criticise her in any of the aspect.

    rinku rockzz
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    Single mothers in India face various forms of discrimination and challenges due to societal norms, cultural beliefs, and limited legal protections. Here are some of the key issues they often encounter:

    1. Social Stigma: Single mothers in India often face social stigma and judgment from their families, communities, and even within their extended families. Traditional beliefs regarding marriage and family structures can lead to ostracization, shaming, and exclusion, making it difficult for single mothers to find acceptance and support.

    2. Financial Instability: Many single mothers in India struggle with financial instability. Raising a child alone can be financially demanding, especially if they lack access to stable employment opportunities or sufficient educational qualifications. Single mothers often face economic hardships, limited job prospects, and wage gaps, making it challenging to provide for themselves and their children adequately.

    3. Lack of Legal Support: The legal framework in India does not provide comprehensive support and protection for single mothers. For instance, inheritance laws and child custody laws are often biased towards the father or the paternal family. Single mothers may face legal battles to secure custody of their children or obtain financial support from absent fathers.

    4. Limited Access to Education and Healthcare: Single mothers often struggle to provide their children with quality education and healthcare. Financial constraints, lack of support, and societal prejudices can limit their ability to access essential services, thereby affecting the well-being and future prospects of their children.

    5. Employment Discrimination: Single mothers may encounter discrimination in the workplace, facing challenges such as limited job opportunities, lower wages, and a lack of flexible working arrangements. Balancing work and caregiving responsibilities can be particularly difficult for single mothers, leading to reduced employment prospects and career advancement opportunities.

    6. Lack of Support Systems: Single mothers in India often lack sufficient support networks. The absence of extended family support or community services can exacerbate the challenges they face. Additionally, limited access to counseling services or support groups may further contribute to feelings of isolation and emotional distress.

    Efforts are being made in India to address these issues and provide support to single mothers. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and women’s rights groups work towards raising awareness, advocating for legal reforms, and providing assistance in terms of education, employment, and social support. However, more comprehensive measures and social change are needed to ensure the rights and well-being of single mothers in India.

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