On August 10, Judge Prathiba Singh of the Delhi High Court addressed an event organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to say that Indian scriptures like Manusmriti have accorded a very respectable to women. She said Indian women are blessed as Indian scriptures have always honored women with great respect.
“Our scriptures have always given a very respectable position to women and as Manusmriti himself says, if you don’t respect and honor women, all the way to pooja you can do is meaningless. I therefore think that our ancestors and the Vedic scriptures knew very well how to respect women,” she said. work and society in general compared to other countries in the world “It is because of the cultural and religious context that we have, what our scriptures tell us”, judge Pratibha Singh noticed.
Singh was called to the FICCI event to address people on the challenges facing women in Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship and Mathematics (STEM) where she went on to say that India is much more progressive when it comes to women in leadership positions. “I think we are lucky to be in a country like India where India is much, much more progressive when it comes to women in leadership positions. I’m not saying we should ignore the violence and bad things that happen to women at a lower level, but yes at the upper level, at the middle level, we see women growing up,” she was quoted.
Driving to the topic, the judge said women had equal roles to play in society as men. Sharing some statistics, Singh said that more than 50% of undergraduate STEM students in India are girls. “In B.Tech, it’s 42%. M.Tech, 63%. Medicine and health-related causes, 30-35%. In engineering and computer science, it is 19%. And these are from 2018-19. In India as a whole, STEM graduates are 43% at the undergraduate level. While in the United States it is 34%, 38% in the United Kingdom, 27% in Germany and 32% in France. This is a World Bank report. India is therefore at 43%. It means we educate our daughters properly,” she praised.
Meanwhile, she also said that women in India were not able to identify and translate their abilities well. “Mentally, we are very inventive and creative. But why are we not able to translate our inventiveness and our spirit of innovation into real material inventions that can be commercialized and that can help women make more progress in society and in their own business? she reflected.
Furthermore, and this is very important, she advised women in India to stop looking for sympathy. She said a woman at work should never say personal things and discuss personal issues. “You can always take an off but never give the reason. You can just say it’s a personal difficulty. The more you repeat the reason, the more it becomes a chronic thing that men mention all the time. So don’t mention it,” she said. “When men leave, do they give a reason? No. So why would you give a reason? “, she added.
During her address, she also advised women to consider joint families rather than neutral families and that this is our tradition and should continue. “Joint families are what promote women. It is the men of these joint families who promote the women because they are older and wiser, whether it is the father or the fathers-in-law, the uncles or the husbands. They are proud that women are doing well. So please start encouraging and agreeing to live in the common family system. In this way, we share our resources,” she noted.
However, Singh’s words were critical by many left-wing women leaders like National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) General Secretary Annie Raja and CPIM Politburo member Brinda Karat. While Raja said Justice Singh had “presented highly regressive ideas that reeked of caste and classism”, Karat mentioned in the statement that the lady had a duty to uphold the Constitution of India regardless of her personal opinions.
“The scriptures she quoted are in many sections directly in blatant opposition to the Constitution and the rights granted to the women of India and in particular to Dalit and Adivasi women by the Constitution. Her statement only reinforces the backward views of those who support the caste system and that women must accept the subordination and control of men, fathers, husbands, sons,” Karat said in a statement.