Why our scriptures kept females next to animals and illiterates?

When the going gets tough, tough gets going…

So true! Fighting challenges, I recalled my mom’s advice to read Sundar Kand from Ramayana.

Every Saturday, I make a schedule to sit and read it, but, believe me, every time, I get struck on the lines where females are kept next to animals, drum, illiterates and lower caste people. Each time I read it, I think what might have triggered the brain cells of Saint Tulsidas to keep women next to such class beings.

If our religious scriptures, which are read in every household, are giving this kind of status to female folk, imagine the reason why females are still awaiting the right kind of respect from their family members. The lines which are disturbing me are as following: 

Dhor, Gunwar, Kshudra, Pashu, Naari

Saakal tadna ke adhekari

I won’t get into the detailed meaning of these lines, but yes, what upsets me is the reason why we, our class, is there.

Why till date, none of the females did ever raise a question on these lines? Should we stand as mute spectators and continue chanting these lines because it has been done since years? Or should we stand up and ask the authorities to get these lines erased as it’s more like giving disrespect to the women class, who, in today’s time, run shoulder-to-shoulder with men.

Shouldn’t we be allowed to stand different, shouldn’t we be enjoying a higher privilege? Shouldn’t we be put on a higher echelon for we are the creators, the house-runners and the ones who know how to make sacrifice to make things better? Then why are we kept next to illiterates and animals?

Lot many thoughts; confusion, anger, a feeling of suppression and aggression are on top of my mind while writing this blog.

I am unable to find out why women class has to be kept with illiterates, animals, lower class and a drum. This part of Ramayana was written in 15th century. Was the situation of female folks so bad that they had to be described in this way.

Accepted that females were not given their due rights in 15th century, but what NOW?

Why are females still reading these lines? Don’t you think that we should stand up and uplift our own status because none of the other sections of the society will fight for us.


2 thoughts on “Why our scriptures kept females next to animals and illiterates?

  1. I strongly believe that such parts of scriptures were transcribed by men over the years and they are a classic case of lost in translation.. it is unfathomable otherwise that this is what great seers of the past believed in…

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