Richa Chadha was spoke at a panel discussion on “Gender Based Violence in India” and she had really valid points to put forward about the condition of women in India. She said said it is important to educate men on how to treat women and give confidence to girls that they can achieve what they want in life.
She said, “Girls know they are at par… More than educating them we need to give them confidence that they can do whatever they want to in life. It is also about educating the men how to treat women.”
True that, Richa. She also spoke about the huge divide between people worshipping goddesses and at the same time neglecting women as an issue. She added, “India is one of those few countries in the world where violence against women starts in the womb, before the girl is even born. We have to overcome the hypocrisy in our culture.
On one hand, we celebrate Navratri, nine days of fasting for the goddess, then Durga Pooja… All kinds of goddesses in India are worshipped and praised than in any other culture. But when it comes to our women, daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, we have a completely different standard. That has baffled me since I was a child.”
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