India Foundation Journal Issue No. 3 (Vol V)

The issue of Gender Justice has taken centre stage in India’s national consciousness. Why was this necessitated in the first place, when historically, through the guidance of our scriptures, women in India were always treated with respect, not to mention reverence? Mistreatment of women is a violation of the ‘Sanatana Dharma’, which
gives equal status to both women and men. The Rig Veda says, “The wife and husband, being the equal halves of one substance, are equal in every respect; therefore, both should join and take equal parts in all works, religious and secular.” The Upanishads clearly declare that the individual souls are neither male nor female. Hinduism teaches that each of us passes through many lives, both male and female.

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