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  • Gayatri Somvanshi
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    This is an inevitable truth that most of the women suffer and become victims of crimes because some of them don’t even know that they do have rights for themselves to protect them. Many women especially women in rural areas still suffer and endure domestic violence, rapes and many other issues and have to leave a constricted life and also teach their daughters to live like them like a prisoner. So let’s talk about the ways we can make women aware of their rights, which she owns legally.
    The very first and foremost thing is educating every girl. When I say education I don’t mean by only reading those printed pages but to root it from childhood and raising her up with confidence that she is not inferior and doesn’t have any reason to lower her stance unnecessarily. Education should start from home itself. We always tend to tell things which makes us and our daughter fear many things and sometimes especially during teenage years due to fear many girls keep enduring things. So teach your daughter that she has rights to protect her.
    Next is spreading awareness to massive masses physically by organising campaigns or being a part of campaigns.
    As we know many governments as well as private organisations have actively spread awareness of women rights and organising events , tours to rural areas and checking upon women and also providing them helplines. We have to male them believe that they have ways out and should not hesitate to reach out for help.
    Next is social media. We all know social media is a huge platform to reach a huge mass of people and an easy way to reach people for help. Also the way social media has helped to propagate information and women’s rights and even providing their own helplines to help women has been a remarkable brilliant contribution. How many digital influencers are out lending a helping hand to people and also encouraging more and more people to help , protest against crimes.
    Last and most important thing is to raise your voice and take action against any misbehaving happening to us or any other women . We often or you can say always turn a blind eye due to fear of these things but we forget that we might be next to suffer. So raise your voice and also assure women that they are never alone.

    Dharani Sri
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    “Education is the weapon to change the world”
    This the quote which I`ve been taught from my middle school. The best way to let women to know about the rights, which are available for her beneficial. The government has launched many schemes like to educate girl children.
    By these schemes many rural area girls are educated. But the question is that, do they get to know the laws that are meant for them? The answer is a big NO. this is because we don’t talk much about the laws in schools where spend most their time.
    We have to change the syllabus of our textbooks and that should be made easy for the children to understand them. The textbooks should include the struggles for women education and their rights. They should also include many posters and creative projects regarding the rights for women.
    We should conduct campaigns in many rural areas where people are unware about these rights. The other way is to act dramas in the rural area and give pamplets with animations. Many of the basic rights are not known by the rural people, for example
    1. Dowry Prohibition Act 1961
    2. Protection of women from domestic violence act 2005
    3. The sexual harassement of women at workplace ( PREVENTION, PROHIBITION and REDRESSAL) act 2013.
    4. Zero FIR

    Another great tool to spread awareness is the NGOs. With the help of NGOs we can reach more women and help them to overcome their fear and rise against their harassments and violence.

    The last but not the least, as Malala said “ one child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world”. But now the thing is we should change the syllabus and pages of that one book. As I said earlier education is the best way but the content should be changed.

    Semantee Chattopadhyay
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    In a country where goddesses are worshipped, women get assaulted, raped, abused, and kidnapped every day. Keeping a check on the number of women related cases the government of India provides crucial rights for Indian women. Unfortunately, many women are not aware of these rights. Let’s look at the 12 important rights of Indian women that every woman should be aware of.
    Sexual harassment of women at the workplace (prevention prohibition and redressal) Act, 2013: This act ensures women safety at the workplace. This act 6 protect them from sexual harassment at their place of work. This act gives a female the right to file a complaint against any kind of sexual harassment.
    Maternity benefit Act, 1961: This act regulates the employment of women and maternity benefits mandated by law. It states that a women employee who has worked in an organisation for at least 80 days during her pregnancy, is entitled to receive maternity benefits which include maternity leaves, nursing breaks, medical allowance etcetera.
    The prohibition of the Child Marriage Act, 2006: According to the international research centre for women, almost 47% of the girls are married before the age of 18. Currently, India ranks 13 in the world when it comes to child marriages. Since child marriage has been stitched into the Indian culture and tradition for centuries it has been tough eliminating it. The prohibition of the Child Marriage Act was made effective in 2007. This act benefits child marriage where the water that is underage that is the brighter side 18 years of age of the boy is younger than 21 years. Parents trying to marry underage girls are subject to action under this law. Since the law makes these marriages illegal, it acts as a major deterrent.
    Women have the right to register virtual complaints. The lord gives women the provision for filing virtual complaints by email or writing a complaint to the police station from the registered postal address.
    Medical termination of pregnancy act, 1971: the act came into effect in 1972 was amended in 1975 and 2002. This act aims to reduce the occurrence of illegal abortion and consequent maternal mortality and morbidity.
    National Commission for Women act,1990: the national commission for Women (NWC) represents the rights of women in India and provides a voice for their issues and concerns. The national commission for Women act aims to improve the status of women and works for their economic empowerment.
    Women have the right to equal pay. According to the provisions listed under the Equal Remuneration Act, one cannot be discriminated against based on gender when it comes to salary pay or wages.
    Women have the right to dignity and decency. In an event that the accused is a woman, any medical examination process on her must be performed in the presence of another woman.
    Female sexual assault victims have the right to keep their identity anonymous. To ensure that her privacy is protected, a woman who has been sexually assaulted may record her statement alone before the district magistrate when the case is under trial or in the presence of a Female police officer.
    Indecent representation of women (Prevention) Act, 1986: This act prohibits indecent representation of women through advertisement or in publications, writings, paintings, figures or in any other manner.
    The Indian divorce act, 1969 allows the dissolution of marriage on mutual consent, nullity of a marriage, judicial separation and restitution of communal rights.
    Women have a right to zero FIR: an FIR that can be filed at any police station irrespective of the location where the incident occurred for a specific jurisdiction it comes under, the zero FIR can later be moved to the police station in whose jurisdiction the case falls under.

    Yash Tiwari
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    All women deserve access to education, healthcare, and opportunities to interact with the public sphere on an equal basis with men. To make a positive change for women is the responsibility of men as well. Here are some ways you could help your woman friend’s rights without making it obvious since there’s nothing subtle about pointing out that she’s being treated unfairly that would make her more comfortable. You don’t have to point out the injustice at all.

    India has a rich cultural history. One of the important pillars of this rich cultural heritage is the status of women. India has a long history of venerating women. How did things change then? The purpose of this article is to make Indian women aware of their rights and the crimes against women so that they can speak out about it, defend themselves, and will be able to raise their voices if anyone tries to give them an injustice.

    Women were sure that the government was listening to their problems so very soon women’s associations were formed. The other problem was poor women who had no voice in society. For example, they lived in a joint family system and if they got married, they did not have any income but there is a lot of dowry dispute. In 1850, some reforms took place specifically with the Hindu disabilities act of 1856. However, the biggest problem was that the Hindu society was governed by religious norms. It is the era of social networking where you can share your views, thoughts, ideas and also share your problems with the whole world. Women are not safe in any country. It is the perception that women’s safety comes first and they get the rights after that. But if we will see logically based on observation then it is not like that. Even in many developed countries, women are not away from being sexually harassed or raped.

    What do we want to teach our women? How can we make her read and learn about her rights? For many years we are following so-called male dominance against our female gender which is a super stereotype. Women should be given equal rights as males even if men take a bigger social stance I think women also should have some good roles. And she shouldn’t follow society’s lifestyle and example to live happily. We can’t give up our right to have and work. I’m a doctor myself, I have seen many women brutally abused and tortured by their husbands for some frivolous reasons like why they need to work, how come they didn’t make their food, why are they not present at home within few minutes, etc. But victims of pressure from society may lose their confidence, their personality, and eventually, they can lose their self-esteem which became a crucial factor of losing the perception.

    Manpreet Singh
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    Certain fundamental rights and freedoms are necessary in order to live with the dignity that is considered human rights by all human beings. Human law mandated that inherent dignity be recognized and respected to ensure that everyone is protected from abuses that undermine their dignity and to allow them the opportunities to fulfill their full potential, free of discrimination. All, everywhere, regardless of nationality, sexuality, sex, ethnicity, religion, or age, are entitled to human rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the foundation of modern human rights (UDHR). The UN General adopted the 30 articles of the Declaration in 1948. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been signed by India. The provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights similar to certain basic rights granted to persons in Part III of the Indian Constitution. Part IV of the Indian Constitution incorporates most of the economic, social, and cultural rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. India even ratified on 27 March 1979 the ICPR and the International Convention on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. However, the Optional Protocol to the Civil and Political Rights International Covenant of 1989 was not ratified.
    If a woman goes to the police station without a lawyer, her remarks are incorrectly quoted, ignored, or insulted. She should know that she has the right to receive legal assistance and should request it. The Senior House Officer must bring this to the Delhi Legal Services Authority’s notice whenever a rape is reported, according to Delhi High Court rulings. The law enforcement agency will then arrange a victim’s counsel. A woman who has been raped has the right, without being overheard, to record her statement privately before the magistrate. She can also write her statement personally with a lady constable or a policeman. In accordance with section 164 of the Code, cops must grant the victim privacy, but not put it before the crowds. There are various reasons why a woman would defer to take a complaint to the police. She sees her reputation, her family dignity, and the guilty person’s threats to kill her. The police cannot say no, no matter whether it’s too late to register, to register your complaint. Women’s self-respect is the first priority. She’s nothing she can deny. According to the Delhi Police guidance, a woman is entitled, through email or registered mail, to make a complaint. If a woman cannot travel to the police station for some reason, she can write a written complaint to a senior police official at the Deputy Commissioner level or to a police commissioner by email or through registered post. The official then directs the police station’s SHO in the region where the event took place to verify the complainant properly and to lodge an FIR. The police can then come to the victim’s home to make their declaration. A Supreme Court decision states that after nightfall and before morning a lady cannot be arrested. The police harass women many times a week, but it can only be prevented if you have the right to be there only during the day. The woman is harassed by the police. The police can’t arrest a lady in the night, even if an officer accompanies a woman. In the event that the woman committed a major offense, the police had to send the magistrate in writing explaining the need for the arrest at night.

    Samriti Sharma
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    The word Rights is so frequently used in the present day society yet we fail to understand the true meaning of the same. Undoubtedly yes there are certain rights which have been guaranteed to all of us equally, which are also known as ‘Fundamental Rights’ vested in our Indian constitution but then again Fundamental rights too have not been successful in protecting the interests of many people due to the simple reason that most of us aren’t aware on the ground level that what exactly has been provided to us.
    Which brings us back to the question that should women in in particular be made aware about their rights?
    The answer to this isn’t some specific formula but an effort that is being made presently and should be made to make them aware.
    To begin with I believe that Education is the primary means to do the same. Girls should be taught these rights from the school itself including both private and public institutions. Education works as a sword among all odds. The person who has knowledge is fully capable of speaking up for herself, for her rights and also of others.
    Secondly comes our social responsibility to talk about rights freely and to not let men supress women any longer. Social responsibility of not dominating women but to allow them to speak for themselves.
    Along with this the law is doing it’s best to make innocent women aware by means of lok Adalats which are being organised in remote rural areas to enlighten women in particular who have dwelled themselves in vicious cycle of poverty and supression throughout their lives to finally have a chance to speak up for an themselves with the help of laws which are indeed made for their protection and development at the basis level.

    038 deepika Singh
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    Having thorough knowledge of ones rights is a necessity rather than an option, at these times. With the increasing rate of women related crimes in our country, it’s high time we make our women aware of their rights and privileges. But how can we do so?
    Education.
    Education alone can bring a lot of change in a woman’s lifestyle. Education can help a woman to be aware of the rights and laws which are made to protect her. It is fact that an educated women is more likely to come forward and speak about the injustices done to her than a illiterate one. Women who are not educated are often not heard and are exploited by others. Keeping in mind the ever increasing number of women related cases, our constitution provides us some crucial rights to protect our dignity and speak up against the injustices done to us. Unfortunately, many of the women are not aware of any of these rights. Here are a list of some laws that most of the women have little or no knowledge about.
    •Women have the right to file a complaint through email or they can even send their complaint to the nearest police station through a registered postal address. This is very helpful in case a women is not in a state to visit the police station for filing a complaint.
    •Women cannot be arrested or interrogated at night except in some special cases. Also they cannot be interrogated at their homes without being in the presence of a female constable or their family members.
    •Under the Legal Services Authorities Act, female rape victims have the right to get free legal aid or help from the Legal Services Authority who has to arrange a lawyer for her.
    •A female victim of sexual assault has the right to register her complaint without revealing her identity.

    These are some common rights, that most women are unaware of and due to this lack of knowledge they often lack the motivation to speak up about the injustices done to them. We all must seek knowledge and openly talk about our experiences and share it with others. Educating women and openly discussing about the laws made for them is the only way we can make women more aware of their rights and powers.

    Aditi Sahu
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    Rights, something that every woman (and man) is supposed to have. But are women completely aware of their rights? The answer is sadly no. The majority of women remain unaware of their basic rights. They don’t have anyone who can inform them about their rights. They sadly spend their lives in ignorance while bearing the tortures of this patriarchal world. But what can we do to rectify the current situation?

    The first and foremost would definitely be education. Women need to have access to proper education in order to be aware of their rights and lead a life with dignity. Their should be separate subject in schools which informs young girls about what rights they have, and how they should not remain ignorant about them. School is definitely the place where women can educated about their rights, but there are a lot of women for whom it’s not possible to attend schools. The government and even the non government organisations can and should organise different seminars and workshops for women. These seminars should aim to create awareness amongst women about their rights and how they can avail them. Ignorance is the reason that our world is so backwards today, and education is the only way to keep moving forward.

    Afshan Iqbal
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    More than 370,000 cases of crimes against women were reported in 2020, as per the Government of India. In 2021, there was a 30 per cent rise in complaints of crimes against women. These are not just statistics, this is an eye-opener for all of us that should alarm us about the crimes that women are facing against them which increase every day. There are many instances of violence that go unreported in India. So just imagine the rate of crime against women in India.
    It becomes very important to make women more aware of their rights because in the end if a woman knows her rights, she can stand up for herself and would not need anyone to speak up for herself. So as responsible human beings we need to encourage women to stand up for themselves.

    Some ways are:

    1. Education- A woman who is educated can tackle any situation. If a woman who is educated sees an uneducated woman. She should help her to get educated. This will be for the betterment of our future.

    2. Raise your voice- As women, we need to make some noise about the issues, call others out when they make insensitive or ill-informed comments, and help amplify the voices of women around the globe.

    3. Volunteer in events- When women volunteer or participate in events that educate or promote women’s rights then they can learn through it and hence can apply it in their own lives.

    4. Encourage- A woman should encourage another woman. When in difficulty, a woman who has already tackled the situation should guide the others who are in the same situation. Women uplifting women is the need of the hour.

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