Indian women make a strong statement in Tokyo Olympics 2020 at a time when crimes against women are on the rise back home
Kolkata: At a time when atrocities inflicted on women are rampant, the women achievers from our country at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics give us a respite. Needless to say, a sizeable section both in the hinterland and Metros suffers from a perennial aversion towards women empowerment relegating them to the background.
The sporting gala in Tokyo has so far displayed an abysmal picture as far as Indian athletes are concerned with most of them failing to make it to the podium. Amid the pale, shuttler PV Sindhu (bronze), weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (silver) and boxer Lovlina Borgohain (assured of a medal) have been exceptions in the true sense of the term. While their male counterparts have been found gasping for breath, it’s been all about woman power in Tokyo so far so good.
This stupendous show runs contrary to the daily humiliation women cutting across age groups face. The rising incidence of crime against women culminates in trampling the liberty of females in the country.
Hence, it is quite surprising but heartening that a country of billions is carving a source of solace riding on the shoulders of these three female athletes ensuring that the National Flag is fluttered atop.
If Sindhu hogs the limelight now, it was Mirabai who became the darling of the nation with her silver-winning feat on Day 1 of the mega event. And now it is left to the Indian hockey teams (both men and women) and Lovlina to gun for that all-important gold to etch their names indelibly on the walls of Indian sports. In a late surge, the Indian men’s hockey team defeated Great Britain 3-1 to advance to the semi-final.
To give credit to Sindhu, she is the second Indian sportsperson (and the only woman) to have two Olympic medals in her bag after wrestler Sushil Kumar. No mean a glory to vindicate the potential of women sporting stars of our country.
So, do these success tales usher in a revolutionary change in our mindset? It’s difficult to nod in the affirmative but there is not even an iota of doubt that the trio of Sindhu, Mirabai and Lovlina has thrown at those abusers a pertinent question: Isn’t it time that we got the respect we deserve?
Point worth pondering over.
As a positive repercussion of this attainment, without being preachy it is advisable that a prolonged campaign instilling in our kids the indispensability of reverence for women should be unveiled giving these anecdotes which should set the momentum for a society where everyone has the opportunity to express himself/herself. Let’s take a step forward for the time being.