I am surprised that this thread has not been locked as of yet.
Also, all this talk of women being comfortable in share auto and cribbing in crowded buses is so critical and disparaging. Let me be blunt in telling the author that the physical proximity in buses is of a different kind. No woman is comfortable feeling the genital of a male brushing against her, or him breathing down her back. I hope you can see the difference of sitting in a cramped auto and someone standing in close proximity, in a bus. Put yourself in a woman's place and see how comfortable you will feel.
As for the doubt raised by Srinivasa Rao, yes, women are 'fighting' for equality and are proving their mettle in every field. When women and all the intellectuals state that women are equal I am sure they mean in the mental capacity. The equality that we mention is not a physical equality. Women can never be as physically strong as men, nor can men be as endowed as women. Physically we are different.
A couple of reserved seats in public transport provide a semblance of security in confined spaces that are crowded with men. I do not have to spell out how men behave when they are around women.
If you are talking of reservations in educational institutes and government jobs, then that is done to encourage more women to come forward and participate. It is generally done to encourage the older generation to allow their daughters to study and work. Women have for centuries been confined and it will take an effort to break the barriers and boundaries that men have created.
Even in today's day and age, we can find people boasting of achievements of their sons, but not many have glorious words to praise their daughters or daughters-in-law. We are a people who confine our women to homes, even educated women are meant to stay at home.
An honest question, how many actually permit the women folk in their homes to work. I use the word permit because men control and tell their women what to do. Is that real equality? We have a long way to go. For most, equality is but a mirage.
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