As Women’s Day inches closer, the world is preparing to celebrate womanhood in different ways. Every country has something to offer for its women counterpart, on the 8th of March 2020, and India has also a few things planned.
The importance of celebrating a Women’s Day dawned upon all the nations of the world, coinciding with the movement of Women’s Right. The first of its kind Women’s Day was held on the 8th March of 1909, in New York City. With Wome’s Right movement ringing all the chords, the United Nations finally started observing this day internationally from 1975 onward.
The day signifies a long history of women taking reigns back from a male-dominated society, which severely failed to consider women as their compatible counterparts. Though the necessity of this day was acknowledged worldwide, yet there is still a long way to go before women are considered equal, which requires a dire need for change.
In an attempt to celebrate womanhood, India has joined the party by offering women a free pass to any monuments listed under the Archeological Survey of India (ASI), for the whole day of 8th March 2020.
The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has a total of 142 monuments registered under it across the length and breadth of the nation. And all of these sites will charge not a single penny from women visitors for the entirety of Women’s Day. This special privilege also applies to foreign women.
On Saturday, 7th of March, the director-general of ASI issued this order stating free entry to any and every woman in all their monuments, which includes the infamous Taj Mahal in Agra, which attracts a vast number of tourists on a daily basis and ranks among the wonders of the world.
The usual entry fee of the Taj Mahal is set to ₹50 for Indians, while foreign tourists have to pay an amount of ₹1,100. Other than that, an additional amount of ₹200 is to be paid for visiting the main mausoleum. This decision has garnered a lot of praises, and the initiative has been lauded too, but there are multitudes of measures that should be taken in order for Women to cement their ground with equality.
Women are daily faced with struggles that are not expected from civilized society and the modern world of today. Though it is true that women have come a long way fighting for their basic rights like any human, but the world should be focusing on a tomorrow that treats women with equality, stripped out of all privileges and of discrimination, before we celebrate 8th March as International Women’s Day.