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Women empowerment in India - A reality check
Though we talk of women empowerment every day, the reality of Indian women is something very different from what we think.
In India, marriage has always been the most awaited affair for a girl's family. We have been mentally prepared from the very childhood that after a certain age we have to leave our father's house and go to the in-laws. Since we are leaving in the 21st century, we girls are allowed to take education, but does that really make us independent and empowered?

Barring few cases, most of the girls are still forced to marry in early 20's. After their college education gets over, parents start looking for good marriage alliance. They don't allow their daughter to work.

While talking about this issue, a 23 years old woman (not comfortable revealing her name) shared her own experience of marriage.

She was in her second year of graduation when the marriage proposal came. She wanted to be a teacher. Despite her several requests, her father did not allow her to continue her studies because he thought he wouldn't find a better proposal for her daughter. The woman is now a mother of a baby girl and she wants her daughter to pursue proper education unlike her.

Not only just marrying off the daughters at a very early age, but forcing them to leave their jobs for marriage is a regular custom in India. Sometimes in the name of family reputation, sometimes for upbringing of babies, there are many excuses.

We often see women are not allowed to do job after marriage. They have to give up their dreams. Thousands of talents get wasted every year. Highly educated women sit at home because neither their in-laws approve their dreams nor their husbands.

Now a days there's a new trend of marrying girls to NRI men and send them abroad. It doesn't matter whether the bride has any scope of getting job in the foreign country or she will have to compromise her whole career. It's ultimately the girl, who has to leave everything and follow her husband's footsteps.

But thankfully there are women who haven't given up as yet. They have fought for their rights, made their way through difficulties and left a mark in the society. We thank them and their families for leaving a ray of hope. Let the hope be our guide for our journey to success.

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