SRINAGAR: In Indian-administered Kashmir, the less social freedom that women in Kashmir have has resulted in their lesser empowerment, says a research report.
The study titled “Study of Women Empowerment in Kashmir In Relation To Social Freedom” has been conducted by Kamalpreet Kaur, an Assistant Professor in the Education Department of Lovely University, Phagwara, Punjab in India.
To find out the difference between women empowerment and social freedom of women in Kashmir, the study was conducted on 120 women teachers and students in two southern districts—Shopian and Kulgam in occupied Kashmir.
The survey revealed that women empowerment and women social freedom in Kashmir are not significantly related to each other.
“The reason may be the threading and suppressed culture of Kashmir in which the women who are enjoying social freedom do not feel empowered due to their snubbed voices at some levels,” according to the study.
It was also found that there exists a negative relationship in women empowerment and social freedom of women. In other words, women in Kashmir enjoy less social freedom and empowerment.
“The reason being that in Kashmir there are some religious restrictions and social bondages which do not allow women to get maximum social freedom,” says the study.
It says that the culture in Kashmir “is so constructed that women are not able to think about their freedom.