“Frailty, the name is woman”,
It was the ignominy heaped upon women of Victorian Era by William Shakespeare in his great work `Hamlet’.
The history or sociology has, however, established the contrary, i.e., `fortitude’, thy name is woman; `caress’, thy name is woman; `self-sacrifice’, thy name is woman; tenacity and successful pursuit, their apathetically is women. Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Srimovo Bhandarnaike and Golda Meir are few illustrious women having proved successful in democratic governance of the respective democratic States. Amidst them, still, a class of women is trapped as victims of circumstances, unfounded social sanctions, handicaps and coercive forms in the flesh trade, optimized as `prostitutes’, (for short, `fallen women’)
Constitution of India:
Article 51-A, Fundamental duties:
It shall be the duty of every citizen of India:
(e) ………to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women;
Article 39, Certain principles of policy to be followed by the State:
(a) that the citizens, men and women equally, have the right to an adequate means to livelihood;
(d) that there is equal pay for equal work for both men and women;
(e) that the health and strength of workers, men and women, and the tender age of children are not abused and that citizens are not forced by economic necessity to enter avocations unsuited to their age or strength;………..