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Aren't colleges supposed to provide leave for maternity and child care to female employees? Read this story of a working mother.
It’s been five years since I started working as an Assistant Professor, in a provincialized college in Assam. When I joined my job, I was unmarried. So, all the extra burden didn’t bother me that much.
All the departmental duties of the college were being performed by me as an English teacher, and there were quite a lot of students to be taken care of.
Then came the phase of my life where I got married. Difficulties started when I suffered a miscarriage. I know that’s a very taboo topic to talk about, but this very experience has brought both physical and mental trauma to me.
My doctor had asked me to take rest. I informed my authorities about it and had sent my reports via WhatsApp. Despite that, I was forced to produce the leave application and reports in person. Also according to the government rule, a female employee should get at least a period of rest for 6 weeks, which I was deprived of, probably because of my employees’ lack of knowledge, or because I was treated as weak person who couldn’t speak up.
Next came the phase where I got pregnant. The struggle was real. There were times when I was given duties that had to be carried out throughout the day. So I had to starve myself as there were no canteen facilities around.
Moreover, after my baby was born, I was called to college to perform my duties though I was allowed to work from home. But the authorities made sure I came and performed my duties in person.
And finally, my baby and I were COVID positive and I wanted to take Child Care Leave which they did not give me.
Please help me and let my story be known to people who can help me!
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Shows like Indian Matchmaking only further the argument that women must adhere to social norms without being allowed to follow their hearts.
When Netflix announced that Indian Matchmaking (2020-present) would be renewed for a second season, many of us hoped for the makers of the show to take all the criticism they faced seriously. That is definitely not the case because the show still continues to celebrate regressive patriarchal values.
Here are a few of the gendered notions that the show propagates.
A mediocre man can give himself a 9.5/10 and call himself ‘the world’s most eligible bachelor’, but an independent and successful woman must be happy with receiving just 60-70% of what she feels she deserves.
Darlings makes some excellent points about domestic violence . For such a movie to not follow through with a resolution that won't be problematic, is disappointing.
I watched Darlings last weekend, staying on top of its release on Netflix. It was a long-awaited respite from the recent flicks. I wanted badly to jump into its praise and will praise it, for something has to be said for the powerhouse performances it is packed with. But I will not be able to in a way that I really had wanted to.
I wanted to say that this is a must-watch on domestic violence that I stand behind and a needed and nuanced social portrayal. But unfortunately, I can’t. For I found Darlings to be deeply problematic when it comes to the portrayal of domestic violence and how that should be dealt with.
Before we rush to the ‘you must be having a problem because a man was hit’ or ‘much worse happens to women’ conclusions, that is not what my issue is. I have seen the praises and criticisms, and the criticisms of criticisms. I know, from having had close associations with non-profits and activists who fight domestic violence not just in India but globally, that much worse happens to women. I have written a book with case studies and statistics on that. Neither do I have any moral qualms around violence getting tackled with violence (that will be another post some day).