Thursday, April 26, 2018
WORTHY OPPONENT

DO WOMEN STAND EQUAL?

With quite a few recent incidents of women being criticized for misusing their status with reservations in public transport, as well as people making a case for the need for this reservation, our School Live reporters debate on how each claim stands.

Book it for the Ladies
I am of the opinion that women should get reservation in public spaces and transportation. Reservation for women should not be given as a mark of feminism and definitely not under the falsehood that we need “special treatment”. It should be given because we realize that it is a need. A need to feel secure. A need to feel the jostles of Rajiv Chowk-Kashmere Gate metro line without our bodies being felt up. A need to not feel foreign hands violating us. A need to feel free while doing something as basic as reaching office or school.
One only notices how many men are crammed into every inch of space in the Delhi Metro/buses while women comfortably travel in their reserved coaches/seats, which are generally emptier. But we forget to penetrate beyond the obvious. We forget to think why are their coaches are generally emptier? We don’t think how many have already perished in the battle of being born. Or being respected. Or being encouraged to find a job. Or in the struggle of not being abused, emotionally or physically. The obvious noticeable benefits of reservation come at the condition of being oppressed. A prevailing condition, not a choice.
Hopefully, one day it will be a choice and that day reservations will not be required, but for now; they are a need, an empowerment.

Kunalika Gautam

Student-Reporter

July-2016

Equality doesn’t entail Reservation
A society always teaches its children that girls are weak and boys are stronger. On a 8 coach metro around half the seats are reserved for ladies and additionally one whole compartment. Many a times I have seen that young girls are sitting on these seats oblivious to the fact that they are many other people who might be in more urgent need of it. And isn’t reservations the whole point of helping those who need empowerment.
Really are women weak? I don’t think any women, any teenager, would ever agree to this. They multitask, they bleed once a month and they hold a life inside them for 9 months! I don’t think the definition of a woman would ever be weak. Instead of demanding reservations, one should demand for equality, demand to walk hand in hand with men not ahead of them. Building blocks of any country would only be strong if the builders work in unison. Instead of demanding reservations they must demand for better schooling of girls at grass root levels. Helping women out in villages, devoid of good work opportunities(or none), and those who are mistreated in their homes. This should be the agenda for women all around, not demanding reservations. Ask for equal rights, ask for better opportunities, not reservations.

Anoushka Nair

Student-Reporter

July-2016