Eve was Framed - arkadutta

Eve was Framed

Religious notions have often ingrained a sense of powerlessness in the psyche of many women, dominantly to those without literacy and with conservative family background. Women's cultural and social subordination is allegedly rooted in cultural myths and stories. The literal interpretation of  such stories found in Hindu religious epics results in the belief of women's inferiority to men and women’s acceptance of their own oppression. Even in the times of modernization, women receive conflicting messages of newly forged opportunities restricted by religious law and economic insecurity. Because of this, women often feel failed by modernization and find a return to traditional religious shelters and keep following useless rituals.

The series tries to depict such a journey. 

The teachings of total dependency on Gods are incorporated from the very early stages of childhood. But they are more prone to make someone God-fearing rather than God-loving.

The teachings of total dependency on Gods are incorporated from the very early stages of childhood. But they are more prone to make someone God-fearing rather than God-loving.

An young girl participate in the holy Ganga Sagar festival dressed up as a Goddess. She traveled 180 KM from hew village to attend this occasion and was told that this custom was more important than her annual exams which was due in 5 days time.

An young girl participate in the holy Ganga Sagar festival dressed up as a Goddess. She traveled 180 KM from hew village to attend this occasion and was told that this custom was more important than her annual exams which was due in 5 days time.

Hundreds of young girls from villages go missing every year. The statistics from my state West Bengal alone is alarming. In a latest of such incidents, 10 girls went missing during a religious trip.

Hundreds of young girls from villages go missing every year. The statistics from my state West Bengal alone is alarming. In a latest of such incidents, 10 girls went missing during a religious trip.

Alongside religion, comes superstition. And in the name of superstition, a young girl is drugged and declared possessed and punched in the name exorcism. The whole point of this exercise was to prove that the girl was possessed by her dead mother who wants to donate her ornaments to a temple (and not to her daughter). It was alarming that the crowd too believed in this.

Alongside religion, comes superstition. And in the name of superstition, a young girl is drugged and declared possessed and punched in the name exorcism. The whole point of this exercise was to prove that the girl was possessed by her dead mother who wants to donate her ornaments to a temple (and not to her daughter). It was alarming that the crowd too believed in this.

In an annual religious event called Dandi, where Goddess Sitala is worshiped, it is believed that if Goddess is pleased she will possess a participant woman. Over years it has now become a practice to drug a woman and her unnatural behaviors thereafter is portrayed as the possession. And such incident occur on the very heart of the big urban city of Kolkata.

In an annual religious event called Dandi, where Goddess Sitala is worshiped, it is believed that if Goddess is pleased she will possess a participant woman. Over years it has now become a practice to drug a woman and her unnatural behaviors thereafter is portrayed as the possession. And such incident occur on the very heart of the big urban city of Kolkata.

Like Dandi, there are a number of other events where women are drugged and then worshipped to appease one's belief and not caring for the woman's plight or modesty. It is sad to see people when violate the rights of a woman and at the same time holds her as the symbol of a Goddess and worship her.

Like Dandi, there are a number of other events where women are drugged and then worshipped to appease one's belief and not caring for the woman's plight or modesty. It is sad to see people when violate the rights of a woman and at the same time holds her as the symbol of a Goddess and worship her.

Woman are told, the well-being of her family depends on her religious practice and dedications. Often it is fascinating to see that how these believes have actually are being hold true by the women who take part in dangerous rituals like sitting with burning fire on her head and laps which is intended to bring well being to her family.

Woman are told, the well-being of her family depends on her religious practice and dedications. Often it is fascinating to see that how these believes have actually are being hold true by the women who take part in dangerous rituals like sitting with burning fire on her head and laps which is intended to bring well being to her family.

The sense of power. These religious and superstitious believes run so old that many women actually holds these believes true or may be to find sort of self-esteem that they only gain from society through the religious rituals like keeping long uncut hair.

The sense of power. These religious and superstitious believes run so old that many women actually holds these believes true or may be to find sort of self-esteem that they only gain from society through the religious rituals like keeping long uncut hair.

Another instance of exorcism where the husband believes her wife's epilepsy is caused by possession.

Another instance of exorcism where the husband believes her wife's epilepsy is caused by possession.

In another one of those superstitious rituals, a mother is told to walk over her child lying in a pool of water on the bare road to bring well being to the very child

In another one of those superstitious rituals, a mother is told to walk over her child lying in a pool of water on the bare road to bring well being to the very child

If Goddess would have actually reacted to these practice/rituals, she surely would have turned her back to them.

If Goddess would have actually reacted to these practice/rituals, she surely would have turned her back to them.

An old woman hangs on to her husbands legs as the man hold her down to take a dip in the cold water during winter during a religious event.

An old woman hangs on to her husbands legs as the man hold her down to take a dip in the cold water during winter during a religious event.

Even after leading such a life dedicated to religion and practicing numerous rituals for the well being for her family, many women are left at widow shelters (ashrams) at the old age and she may be she has every right to look away from the picture of her religious guru.

Even after leading such a life dedicated to religion and practicing numerous rituals for the well being for her family, many women are left at widow shelters (ashrams) at the old age and she may be she has every right to look away from the picture of her religious guru.

It is ironic that women are now welcomed into all major professions and other positions of authority, but are often branded as inferior and are deprived of the equal right in the name of God. The plight of abused women is made more acceptable by the mandated subservience of women by religion.<br />
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The truth is that male religious leaders have had – and still have – an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women. This is in clear violation not just of the universal declaration of human rights but also the teachings of founders of all great religions – all of whom have called for proper and equitable treatment of all the children of God. <br />
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At their most repugnant, the belief that women are inferior human beings in the eyes of God gives excuses to the brutal husband who beats his wife, the soldier who rapes a woman, the employer who has a lower pay scale for women employees, or parents who decide to abort a female embryo. It also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair and equal access to education, health care, employment, and influence within their own communities.

It is ironic that women are now welcomed into all major professions and other positions of authority, but are often branded as inferior and are deprived of the equal right in the name of God. The plight of abused women is made more acceptable by the mandated subservience of women by religion.

The truth is that male religious leaders have had – and still have – an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women. This is in clear violation not just of the universal declaration of human rights but also the teachings of founders of all great religions – all of whom have called for proper and equitable treatment of all the children of God.

At their most repugnant, the belief that women are inferior human beings in the eyes of God gives excuses to the brutal husband who beats his wife, the soldier who rapes a woman, the employer who has a lower pay scale for women employees, or parents who decide to abort a female embryo. It also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair and equal access to education, health care, employment, and influence within their own communities.

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