Storm of Deepas Water and Issue of Gender Inequality Discussion

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Running head: THE STORM OF DEEPA'S WATER The Storm of Deepa's Water Name of the Student Name of the Affiliate Institution Date THE STORM OF DEEPA'S WATER 2 The Storm of Deepa's Water This film shows the life of Hindu widows in the past. Deepa Mehta has developed a good message from this film though she just let the story carry the message to the viewers. In other words, she does not criticize the Hindu leaders who were supporting some of the oppressive practices. When looking at this film, it is very evident that most of the practices were not driven by faith but it is because of self-interest. The film goes by the name "water". In real life, water is a very essential resource to all the living things. In other words, water is a source of life. In this film, water is also a source of life to the widows. Water is another name to show the refuge for the Hindu widows. There are several things that can be discussed in this play. There was the issue of gender inequality. Gender inequality is a huge problem among some communities. This is where one gender is oppressed and treated in an unfair way. In this film, women are oppressed by society. Chuyia who is very young is married to an old man. This shows that women had no right to choose their partners because Chuyia could not have chosen an old man to be her husband. This is an indication that in the past, society did not value the girl child. Chuyia had no time to go to school and that is why she got married at a small age. Chuyia's husband was very old and he died leaving Chuyia as a widow. The innocent girl who was eight years old had to remain as a widow forever. This shows that women were not in any position to make their own decisions (Sahoo et al., 2015). Religious oppression was also another huge problem. According to the holy Hindus, when a husband died, the widow had only three options. One was to marry her late husband younger brother, two was to kill herself on a funeral day and three was to live with other widows away from the rest of the community (Courtney, 2007). Instead of the religious leaders being there for the widows, they just allowed such practices to continue. The Hindu THE STORM OF DEEPA'S WATER 3 region was bringing family separation. Despite the fact that Chuyia was a very small girl, she could no longer stay with her mother because it was wrong. She was separated from her family and sent to live with the other widows. The religion was bringing nothing but sadness to the women. This is because it allowed the old men to marry young girls who were not of age. An eight-year-old girl like Chuyia was so young to get married but the Hindu leaders supported such a practice. More so, a woman could never be happy after the death of his husband since the religion could not allow her to re-marry. From the play, it is clear that there was political oppression from the government leaders. Despite the fact that there was a new law in India which permitted the widows to remarry, it was not made popular and widows did not know about it. It is the work of the government to create awareness to the public about the new laws (Clifton, 2017). But since most of the leaders were men they could not create awareness in India so that they could continue with their oppression to the women. The author shows how the Indian government had failed its people and more so the women. It is true that they were ruled by the British but the India citizens also had their rights. THE STORM OF DEEPA'S WATER 4 References Clifton, J. A. (2017). The invented Indian: Cultural fictions and government policies. Routledge. Courtney, S. A. (2007). The Storm of Deepa's Water: From Violent Tempest in Varanasi to Glacial Account of Hindu Widowhood. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 18(1), 115-121. Sahoo, K. C., Hulland, K. R., Caruso, B. A., Swain, R., Freeman, M. C., Panigrahi, P., & Dreibelbis, R. (2015). Sanitation-related psychosocial stress: a grounded theory study of women across the life-course in Odisha, India. Social science & medicine, 139, 80-89. ...
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