Global Educational Research Journal

ISSN 2360-7963

Development of women’s Rights in India

Abstract:   Every woman and girl has the right to live a life that is free from prejudice and unblemished by the presence of violence. In the course of human history, communities have often been plagued by injustices that are pervasive and systemic, and which are deeply ingrained into their cultures. Women in ancient and contemporary India have been forced to traverse repressive social structures that are dictated by age, social position, family relationships to males, marriage, childbearing, and patriarchal traditions. These systems have been in place for centuries. The dowry system, the desire for male offspring, and discrimination based on relationship status, caste, skin colour, community, and interactions with other social spheres such as villages, marketplaces, and governmental institutions are all examples of the manifestations of these norms. In spite of this, India's history is replete with examples of women who, while facing overwhelming opposition from society, have bravely fought against these norms. The history of the fight for the rights of Indian women can be broken down into three distinct phases. The first phase, which began in the middle of the 19th century and was sparked by reformists advocating for women's rights through educational and traditional reforms, can be seen as the beginning of the movement. Second, the time period beginning in 1915 and continuing till India attained its independence; at this time, Mahatma Gandhi included the struggle for women's rights within the larger context of the Quit India campaign. After achieving autonomy, the next step is to place an emphasis on ensuring that women are treated fairly within the context of the married household, encourage their involvement in the labour field, and provide them equal rights in the political sphere.

Keywords: Development, women, rights, India, Rights in India