Wiping out social prejudice and discrimination
Currently there is a cutthroat competition for the survival in every sector of the world. Everyone wants to beat each other to attain materialistic success. Therefore, the motto 'Survival of the fittest' has becomes truer than ever before.
In fact, we do not have any time for others, especially the poor people who are suffering in their day to day life for our discriminations shown to them. Rich and the privileged section of the society either intentionally overlook or, incapable to feel the pain and sorrows of the fragile and feeble people living in the remote areas of the country.
Very few people thinks about the lives of the underprivileged societies like Charmokar (Cobbler), Malakar (Garland maker), Kumar (Potter), Kai Putro, Koi-borto (fishers) Kolu, Kol, Kahar, Khourokar, Nikari or trader, Bauli, Bhagobania, Manata, Malo (Fishermen), Maual (Honey collector), Mahato, Rajo Das, Rajbongshi, Shobor etc.
Some of them are considered as 'untouchable' or Asprishyo in their respected areas and tortured severely by the influential people both physically and mentally. This is a harsh reality of our country that disadvantaged people of the country do not get the benefits of country's development.
They are suffering heavily because of our nefarious mentality towards them. We developed our roads, bridges but we could not develop our way of thinking. In the twenty first century, we still discriminate among people because of their race, faith, colour, gender, economic condition and so on and so forth.
The Dalit community has been suffering for hundreds of years in this region only because of their birth in a particular community. Concerned authorities utterly failed to develop their miserable condition. This is a longstanding issue of terrible inequity and no one from the privileged society speaks up loudly about it.
Insensitivity is another major reason behind the lack of our awareness about the problems of the socially vulnerable people. Therefore, due to all the repression, when the outburst happens among the oppressed people, that shocks us a lot.
Women and children of these insecure and marginalized society being harassed by the sexual predators every day in and day out, but, due to their inability to protest this heinous crime, we cannot listen their crying. Before the MeToo movement, general people of the society kept silent about the anguish of the working women. Now, we all come to know that due to the regular sexual repression by the co-workers, a lot of working women's lives become hell. To secure the public and private offices and other areas for the women, concerned authorities becomes much more aware at present than before. Our government has also taken several steps too. Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also very cautious about the safety and security of women. She has shown her goodwill by taking different benevolent steps to better the condition of the women, especially the marginalized one, who live in rural areas of the country.
At present girl children go to the educational institutions in a greater number than the past, which has created a revolution in the education sector. Girl's education is also helping to eliminate the existing sheer gender gap between girls and boys in the rural regions. Underprivileged girl students are given various scholarships and financial grants by the Hon'ble PM Sheikh Hasina, which encourage their parents to send them to the schools and colleges.
Not only this, the rate of early marriage reduced a lot due to the quick attempts of the law enforcing agencies. Early marriage in the poor section of the society influences the sexual oppression over the young girls because of their incapability to protest. In most of the cases, they cannot complete their education after the marriage. They remain uneducated and often forcefully get pregnant against their wish. Consent of these minor girls rarely valued, especially, in the conjugal life. They are ended to the labour room again and again and often, tortured inhumanely by the in laws.
However, things are changing gradually. Reduction of the early marriage rate transforms the whole picture actually. Nowadays, many girls, who are belongs to the deprived section of the society, go the workplace instead of marrying at young age. During the successful tenure of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, garments and textile sector got developed rapidly for the thoughtful governmental policies. More importantly, these workplaces are now safer for the working people.
Undoubtedly, MeToo movement has brought a big change in our neighbouring countries. Several heavyweight personalities of different sectors became accused for sexual harassment. It has created massive awareness among the common people about this particular topic.
Discrimination of socially vulnerable people must stop. Racial abuse should be stopped. MeToo movement has created that feeling everywhere. Hopefully, from now, everyone will honour the working women and their activities will be respected and valued by the concerned authorities.
Last but not the least, social vulnerability influenced different agitation in the past around the world. The heartbreaking picture of the marginalized people is really unwanted and unacceptable. Therefore, we should take care of the underprivileged countrymen, because we are human being, not machine.
Bidit Chowdhury is a freelance columnist