Aamir blames patriarchal mindset for gender inequality

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS): Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, who has been at the forefront of a debate on gender equality, Tuesday blamed the "patriarchal mindset" of people for the lesser status of women in society.

Aamir, who interacted with students at a girl's college with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron here, said most of the queries from the young women were related to the low status of women in society and how they can best use their education.

"The patriarchal thinking is to blame for the status of women in society. We are all born with it. The feeling that men are superior," he told reporters.

"We have to deal with the problem in a mature manner. We have to stop first the girl child being killed, then we have to bring her at par with facilities there for the male child," he said.

Asked whether he saw movies as a medium to create awareness on the gender issue, he said: "Dealing with patriarchy is not easy. It is a gradual process. You have to win people over through whatever medium you can like -- movies, culture and art".

Khan, who interacted with the students for nearly 30 minutes with Cameron, said the girls had questions on how to get jobs inside and outside the country.

On corruption, he said there was a need to eliminate corruption from amongst ourselves since the society has corruption at all levels.

"Only then we can stop corrupt leaders from being elected," he said.


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  • Ashamed Indian woman, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 20 2013

    Its a shame to see opinions as that of Roshan. I am sure you are one of those men who are biased towards women, who see women solely doing domestic chores and nothing more.

    India has developed a very negative image in the eyes of tourists who i doubt will ever visit the country again. It is our mindset that needs to change, and change happens gradually but that does not mean it cant happen today. One small step can be a leap for mankind.

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  • Roshan Braganza, Mumbai

    Wed, Feb 20 2013

    Mr Farzi ( fake ) khan again wants to be in news . After his average TALASH , which was outright rejected by men right groups , i hope he inducts men issues too in satya meva jayate part 2. @ shubadha kundapur , i differ on issue of early marriage for girls . Family , chilldren are also part of girls life apart of education , which equally contributes to nation. Stop propagating early marriage as curse , most often it turns out to be good decission at last. Some continue studies even after marriage . Education is not only about reading or writing skills but domestic skills too.

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Wed, Feb 20 2013

    I totally agree with you Shubhada, but as Aamir Khan says, it will take a lot time. The changes will come but very slowly.

    We must be happy right now that couples have limited their family expansion to just two kids no matter what the gender is.

    Thank God the tradition of continuing to have children till a boy or two are born isn't today's fashion.

    Hopefully someday girls will receive as much respect as their gender counterparts do.

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  • shubhada, kundapur

    Wed, Feb 20 2013

    I am in total agreement with Amir Khan. I know of people from so called forward families showing no interest in educating their daughters but get them married at an early and young age. I have also seen people ridiculing some parents who go out of their way to educate their daughters as their daughters get married little later than the other girls. The limit was when a lady in a hospital was shown her new born daughter, she spat on the innocent baby's face. It is unfortunate that even in this 21st century people still feel ashamed to be seen as a parent to a daughter. The times have changed and many a families boast of their daughters as the breadwinners of the family. An educated girl can be an asset not only to the family but also to the nation. Girls are precious and daughters are born to be cherished and pampered. They should be respected and not discriminated.

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