Gender Inequality And Empowerment In India

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INDIAN WOMEN’S STRUGGLE TO ACHIEVE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWERMENT
Ayuta Mohanty1 and Puspita Das2
1- PhD Scholar, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar
2- Associate Professor, CAU, Tura, Meghalaya
Corresponding Author:
Ayuta Mohanty
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Email- ayutamohanty@gmail.com ABSTRACT:
India, being a traditionally patriarchal society, has always shown traces of gender inequality. Indian women have been facing various forms of inequality since ancient times. The headlines of every morning brings news of eve-teasing, rapes, bride burning, women trafficking, female foeticide and various forms of violence against women. The people of this patriarchal society always prefer a male heir, who will continue their family lineage and will also provide them with economic and emotional security in their old age. And a girl child has always been considered a burden on the family. This paper focuses on the struggles that Indian women faces in challenging the traditional gender roles assigned to them by the society. The journey of Indian women to achieve gender equality and empowerment has been analysed in this paper through the works of two eminent Indian writers, who have successfully carved some of the strong women who are ready to face the world on their own without depending on any male counterparts. The two novels discussed in the paper are Shashi Deshpande’s A Matter of Time and Shobhan Bantwal’s The Forbidden Daughter. A Matter of Time focuses on three women of three generations of

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