‘Woman in Ghoonghat our pride,’ claims Haryana govt magazine

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Chandigarh, June 28: Old traditions are becoming a hindrance for the women who are struggling hard to step forward in rural areas.

In Haryana where BJP Claims to empower women, educate Girl Child and on the same time they publish things which ask them to live behind the veils.

This time, a magazine shockingly published by none other than the state of Haryana has claimed that a woman in a ghoonghat (veil) is their pride, a move that has not gone down well with many.

The magazine issued in March named Krishi Samvad in its last page shows a woman with a veil covering her face, as worn by many traditional women in Haryana. The woman is shown carrying cattle fodder and the words “ghoonghat ki aan baan, mhaare Haryana ki pehchaan” (the veil is the pride of Haryana).

In the state, Women often remain behind closed doors and treated as second-class citizens, where male-dominated councils issue diktats aimed at upholding conservative traditions — in some cases, banning girls from wearing jeans or using mobile phones.

The state, which borders the capital New Delhi, has the lowest ratio of female to male births in the country, with the selective abortion of girls resulting in 877 women for every 1000 men, according to the last official census in 2011.

But women in Haryana have increasingly been challenging gender stereotypes, pursuing successful careers in traditionally male sports like boxing and wrestling.

Anil Vij, a Haryana cabinet minister, told reporters he would look into why the caption was printed in the first place, given the veil is not mandatory in the state.

Haryana is governed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Since storming to power in 2014, Modi has sought to position himself as a champion of women’s rights, emphasising education for girls and an end to female foeticide.
India’s main opposition Congress party said this latest scandal exposed the BJP’s “parochial approach and objectification of women”, Times Now reported.

“This is symbolical of the regressive mindset of the BJP government and they need to shed this now,” said Randeep Surjewala, a Congress party spokesman.

In 2015, Modi started the “Save your daughters, Educate your daughters” campaign in Haryana, urging parents and doctors to stop sex-selective abortions.

This incident shows the real ideology of state government which stops women to move forward in the med-dominating society and made hollow promises to ensure women rights.

 Wefornews Bureau

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