21st Century Gender Equality – Are we Really Fair?

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In the Capital of India, Delhi, which is one of the busiest city in the country, a young couple had just returned home after a long day at work. The husband knocked on the door, his sister answered. She was grumpy as they broke her sleep. She looked at her sister-in-law and said, “I am hungry. There is no food left. Please cook something quickly. I have had a long day and need to rest.”

 The sister-in-law smiled and replied “You go take a nap. I will make something.”
 
The husband went to take a shower and surfed the net while the sister slept on her cosy bed.
 
The wife hurried to change her dress. She was lost in her thoughts as she had a meal to prepare. She rushed around the kitchen, trying to make something quick and tasty as everyone was hungry. She was late that day as she had a late meeting at the office.
 
Once dinner was served, the husband complained he was tired and didn’t want to miss his movie, which he was watching on his bedroom TV. The wife smiled and served him dinner while he rested and enjoyed his meal on his bed as he watched the movie.
 
She quickly fed the rest of her family, and barely had time to eat.
 
Dinner was over now, but the dishes were yet to be done. No one asked if she needed any help. The wife cleaned the mess, arranged the house and finished her office work before she went to bed. The husband had dozed off long back. She put a blanket on him and kissed his forehead as she whispered “good night.” and set the alarm to wake up early. After all, she was taught housework was only her duty.
 
Don’t you think its time husbands and their wives share the load not only for financial responsibilities but for daily housework too? Wouldn’t it be nice if someone helped and work could be done in no time? It’s the 21st century, and we talk about gender equality, but are we really fair?

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