Around the world, girls and women are treated as second grade citizens. Every incident of luxury, comfort and even necessities are initially provided for boys and men.
It percolates to girls and women, in the strata, if the situation warrants. This is true to some extent throughout the world, but more so in India. Even in education, girls are left out; because, it is felt in any case, and that they are meant to look after homes and the needs of the families.
The only requirement of women even today remains to look after the needs of family members and give birth to children. So, it is considered foolish allowing girls to waste their time in studies.
The latter concept had been widely accepted by the Indian society. However, in this process, we forget that to give birth to the next generation, and bring them up as an important task not only for the family but also for the society and the nation.
What the mother teaches the child gets deeply embedded in the heads and the hearts. For this important work and their role in family, I feel they need education and, any negligence may lead to a host of problems for the country. When mothers are not better lettered, will they be able to teach their children? Let us not forget that the purpose of education is not only earning a livelihood, but education makes one a good human being, which transfers on to the next generation. I personally feel that education of girls must be an issue, because it has already been neglected for far too long.