The movie NH10 describes the story that totally hits upon taboo, gender divide and the status of women in our society especially in villages. Whatever is happening in the society is depicted in this movie which is why the youth should learn from the past and step out of the patriarchal society in order to move forward with the revolving society. This is why I have chosen this movie as the topic for my paper and “I don’t intend to speak about technicities but I want to put my point of view and interpretation about the existence of different kinds of women in our society who are facing these kinds of problems.” (heywood, 2004) The issue of feminism and discrimination is prevalent in today’s time and I would like to explore it by virtue of this movie.
For me feminism is something which provides liberty, freedom etc. to women and is a political opinion that holds exploitation and subjugation of women which is not a matter of any individual behavior, strength and weakness. And as we compare past to present women always get dominated, subjugated and declined equal access to resources because of a patriarchal ideology and this power cannot be described in terms of individuality as it is a social issue.
After watching this movie I am totally lost in thinking about the state of fellow-women in our society. Like the Pinky (Kanchan Sharma) is a college girl from village in Haryana and she is the only who dared to go college for higher education and falls in love but this goes against her society’s rule book for girls and for which they both Pinky and that boy who loves her got killed.
Now if we talk about feminism then rights, powers etc. for women differs from country to country and state to state, like if “we see South Asian conditions there women as mother in law may have power but not as daughters, wives or sisters of men” and in “USA a white women is affected by patriarch different from a Dalit women in India.” (heywood, 2004)
And if we discuss about the place where the movie had been directed was a village in Haryana where the rule of “Khap Panchayat” follows which articulate strident punishments based on old traditions and customs, often cornering retrogressive measures to upcoming problems like sexual assault, sexual harassment etc. and even it cannot be banned because of the complete indifference of politicians and vote banks politics give allowance these panchayats to rule. Although the sarpanch of that village in the movie is a woman and “its duty is to have an eye rational justice for everyone in a village; rich and poor, irrespective of cast, creed and sex.” After this movie, it has been analyzed that each and every woman has to help another woman to overcome the social barriers, everyone has to be empathetic and non-judgmental.
In 2006, Tarana Burke founded the Me-Too Movement to help s (heywood, 2004)urvivors of sexual violence, particularly young women of color from social background communities, find pathways to
healing. Using the idea of “empowerment through empathy”, the movement was ultimately created to ensure survivors know they’re not alone in their journey.
We see many bills being passed many laws framed people debating on national television vouching for equal rights for women but I think it will take more than that to achieve it, way more than that because all law do is frame the rules for us but to follow it people need to understand what it is for, or what purpose it serves. I don’t except the mentality that is built over so many centuries to be eradicated in few decades but we need to have a optimistic outlook towards the problem. At last I’ll like to conclude it by the following lines-
She choose what is choosen for her
Is protected like a shelled pearl
Can’t walk out without being judged
Is it a bane to be born as a girl.