More than 64% Indians believe that the primary role of women in a society is to be good mothers and wives while being confined at homes. This and a few more shocking stats came to the fore in a recent survey conducted by Ipsos Study.
India has been witnessing the feminist movement for quite a while now. Unfortunately, the attempt to jettison archaic mindsets, debunk myths related to women and bring equality in society by inclusion of more women in the workforce seems to have gone futile. The Ipsos survey shows that a lot of Indians still think that women are best suited to be at home.
Tenets of the survey
1. 6 out of 10 Indians think the role of women is to be confined in homes
2. More than 64% Indians believe that the primary role of women in a society is to be good mothers and wives while being confined at homes
3. Almost 8 out of 10 Indians believe that it is better to be married rather than being single if you are raising kids
4. 7 out of 10 Indians feel that parents should take more responsibility for their children’s behaviour
Did these findings make you cringe? Well, we have some heart-warming news as well. According to the report, 8 out of 10 Indians believe men now have greater responsibility at home and childcare.
Despite reaching the pinnacle of success in different fields, most people still wish to domesticate Indian women. ”Indian women maybe moving out of their homes, seeking employment and carving out a niche for themselves at workplaces, but society sees them more as accomplished mothers and wives in primary role, relegating other roles to secondary positions,” said Parijat Chakraborty, executive director of Ipsos Public Affairs, as reported by ET.
He further said that Indian women cannot be seen shirking from domestic duties and winning accolades at work — at the cost of neglecting the primary role that society has deemed on them.
Such findings crush our hopes of attaining gender equality in India. In a country bound by the shackles of patriarchy and male chauvinism, encouraging women to fight for their rights can be quite a difficult task. Real change, as a matter of fact, can be brought about only when Indians start viewing women as human beings who have similar mental faculties as men.