Video: Meet the Face of Misogyny Behind India’s Female Gendercide
We present here a recently released, powerful television documentary by journalist Neha Dixit titled “The Misogynists of Mewar.” The film gives us an insiders look at the politics, the ideologies, and the social, power dynamics between men and women in the region of Mewar in Rajasthan.
It UNCOVERS IN A CLEAR LIGHT the ONE FUNDAMENTAL factor behind India’s female gendercide: the mass annihilation of girls and women in India?
AND THAT IS MISOGYNY!!
Misogyny is technically defined as “A hatred of women, or considering them to be less than men – or even less than human.” Sociologist Alan Johnson explains that: “Misogyny is a central part of sexist prejudice and ideology and, as such, is an important basis for the oppression of females in male-dominated societies.” Hence, misogyny is a tool that is used by a patriarchal system to oppress women.
NGOs and international organizations often offer education as the panacea — the solution to ‘gender inequality’ and violence against women.
But Neha through her film shows that villagers, men and women, understand perfectly well that education is empowering.
- So what is the real reason that women are prevented from getting an education? The women in this video tell how the village community enforces massive fines on women who get an education and inflicts all kinds of violence against them, because they feel if the women become educated, they will be strong, and the men can’t use them to work their fields or abuse them.
- Who prevents girls and women from getting an education? Listen to how the women are oppressed by their husbands, families and the village judiciary if they get an education. They have all other rules of controlling women, like women cannot even use mobile phones, and widows have to marry their dead husband’s brother etc.
- What is the real reason that women are prevented from working? The women say, that then they will be economically independent, they can protect themselves, fight for their rights, and that the men in the village know this and use physical force to keep them suppressed.
- What is the real reason that parents of girls are forced to use their money to pay dowry instead of educating their girls? The village community forces them to pay specified amounts of dowry to grooms in kilograms of silver and gold, even if it means taking the money on loan or selling their farm to pay the dowry.
- What are the consequences to women and their parents when they refuse to pay dowry? They are excommunicated, and face further fines. The village court (panchayat) won’t let them file police cases. They say if they do, they will beat them up and throw acid on their daughters.
- What happens when women go to the police and courts to file complaints about violence and dowry extortion? They are harassed further. No one in the village will do business with them or associate with them. It makes life nonviable if you can’t buy things, go places etc.
WATCH THIS VIDEO TO THE END. Because that is when Neha informs us of the REAL REASON WHY despite the horrendous things we witness in this video, through the testimonies of women and their families, the government does not take any action to ensure the protection of girls and women, or the implementation of laws.