Indian males still suffer from feudal mindset. Be it at home or office, they have learnt the art of degrading and devaluing women. It has become part and parcel of our nation's psyche. It is nothing new for Indians to disrespect their women.
The situation has come to such a disappointing level that violence and rape against women has become order of the day. Be the horrific Delhi gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student or gang-rape of a Swiss tourist in the hinterland of Madhya Pradesh.
For Indian men, women are prey and they are the "great predators".
Lamenting over the situation, CJI said, "A nation which can not ensure respect for its women, can never prosper. It is heartening to see that women are coming to the forefront in all walks of life. Steps like reservations in panchayats have enabled them to become sarpanch and take charge of their villages despite social prejudices."
His observation has hit the bull's eye, when CJI said if India continues its abuse and violence on women, it cannot progress and dream to become a global power.
The CJI made the comments at a function organised by the Allahabad High Court on the 150th birth anniversary of renowned educationist, jurist and freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malaviya.
"The December 16 incident left the entire nation shaken. Besides, every morning we wake up to find newspapers replete with stories of violence against women. Madan Mohan Malaviya had realised the need for uplifting the status of women decades ago and the ideal needs to be preserved," rued Kabir.