By Kanika Katyal:
In the society as we know it, women are reduced to nothing less than objects of transaction between the father and the husband.
As Luce Irigaray states, women are exchanged as “goods” between men. All of this only because a woman is seen as an economic liability. Being considered a ‘burden’ is one of the reasons for the aversion towards the birth of daughters.
Matters become worse when you consider the harsh reality of lack of property rights for women in India, and how time and again the popular media – cinema has perpetuated the idea of a woman being a liability.
Bollywood not only crystallizes new beliefs but also reaffirms old truths. We have often come across popular projection in films where women are displaced and outcast when they are believed to have transgressed the rules of their father’s or husband’s house. What’s more astounding is the fact that we have naturalised those responses, because the law has been unfair to women too.
Here’s a list of five scenes from popular Bollywood movies where women are banished from their household and rendered homeless – proving that more often than not, popular media has perpetuated the idea that equal rights are nothing but a sham.
1. Here’s a song from ‘Mother India’ which annunciates that a woman’s fate is to leave her childhood home to dwell in the husband’s abode. Her father’s house is not hers, and her husband’s house is not of her own, then what can she call her own?
It’s time to act and challenge the status quo! Granting of legal rights is a huge step in women empowerment. It is a way of granting them complete agency, so they can follow up their choice with a course of action fearlessly. As Calvin Coolidge states, “ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.“