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Female and Cows in India

A society and community that we live believes Vedas of ancient era only for references and speeches, where Indian woman was honoured as goddess Lakshmi, Durga and Saraswati and put on the plinths of glory. And so went the saying ‘Yatra Naryastu Pujyante, Ramante Tatra Devta’ – where woman are worshiped, God resides. With the initiation of evolution, rules changed, norms changed, even the dogmas, so did the society with human values taking a forceful turn predominant before. In the modern era, she is independent but limited to numbers, many in rural and urban areas still she is abused, harassed, burned, raped, molested and chocked before she is born. Slowly she started losing her liberty, priority and responsibilities. In fact she started losing her own identity in the course of time and became mere puppets dancing to the tunes of the male of the family, may it be father, brother, hubby or boss. The whole transformation and arrangement of that precious era changed ensuing in the outcome of muddled male dominating society which blurred the human values to a great extent.

If we compare COW and Female these days cow is much safer than the female.

I am not against cow worshippers, but I condemn those self-declared custodians, who trash humanity in the name of cattle. In the present time COW is worshipped but woman is still raped and subjected to brutality, the way Cow protestors took law and order in hand and kept punishing Cow traders, if same way they would have punished those men who caused brutality to woman by various ways, society would have changed and the female could have lived with dignity.

In this era, we are talking about progress, development, equal rights and much more but still the crime against woman is on the rise but no one guarantees justice to her, no one stands by her as they stand by a COW, the mother. After a year of ideological confrontation, cow politics today is contending with reality on the ground. Cow shelters are overflowing with unwanted cattle, where animals injure each other for space, or go with inadequate fodder and water. States’ resources are stretched, and officials are under pressure to seek ‘donations’ to keep the cattle. Industry and dairy are suffering, and a whole community is being denied its traditional livelihood. The collection of funds in many states has deteriorated into practical extortion, with overbearing gaushala ‘workers’ pressuring small businesses.

Some even grabbed lands in the name of gaushala, this has become business and way to new gundaism. The unemployed youth of particular community became custodians of COW, irrespective of COW eating garbage on the roadside or dying eating plastics. The politics erupts when someone trades live or dead COW, without trading a cow how she would be sheltered? It needs someone to take care, or someone to pet for mutual benefits.

The BJP may be making a very fine calculation in reinforcement its core base vis-a-vis Muslim voters. But the mixing in the Dalit community, which is no less affected by the cow slaughter ban, may just upset the plan. If not the Muslims and Dalits, the sheer cruelty that cows will soon suffer from the unmanageable population growth is going to bear on people’s minds.

Loot at the irony, the cattle is growing in uncontrollable numbers in India, but its population of girls in relation to boys is declining. In that contradiction lays a truth that many in India choose to ignore: that economic growth does not automatically mean gender justice. But to state the condition of females in Indian society, a lot many books have been written, theories formulated, but the plight remains the same in the general term through the years. It’s disheartened at the sorry state of affairs and puzzled at her haplessness. In today’s term, though things have changed a lot but by and large it is still the same inhibited state where women are fighting for their own rights and opportunities but have no takers and protectors. Is it mere saying ‘The hands that rock the cradle, rules the world’ or truth? Perhaps in between the two aspects or both. To me she can carry out both household chores and political affairs with equal enthusiasm. She is the one who is adding to the glory of Country and society, but still she is not cared much.

Every hour one woman gets raped, every minute several women get molested or abused by various people. Everyday one woman is killed and everyday one woman is bargained or bartered to flesh trade. The larger section of helpless women of this country does not know about her rights and even if she is aware she has no voice. Even Cow, now she has become a subject of Hindu sentiments but her plight is not much different than the woman. The neglected holy cows eat garbage while wandering the streets unsupervised. But despite being worshipped, many cattle owners allow their cows to wander throughout India’s roads and cities where they graze on rubbish dumps and eat plastic bags and other waste products. They are worshipped for a selfish reason but once they grow old they are left on the roads unguarded. When they die, these men they do not even bother to touch it as her death body becomes unholy and they call someone to drag her body to dumping ground. These days she is merely a subject of politics and become a reason for inhumaneness. We the Indian Hindu really need to reason out the difference between Dharma and Karma.

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Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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