Women's rights is the fight for the idea that women should have equal rights with men. Over history, this has taken the form of gaining property rights, the women's suffrage, or the right of women to vote, reproductive rights, and the right to work for equal pay. Traditionally, domestic violence (DV) was mostly associated with physical violence. Domestic violence is now commonly defined broadly to include "all acts of physical, sexual, psychological or economic violence" that may be committed by a family member or intimate partner. Federal legislation has been enacted making domestic violence a crime, most notably the Violence against Women Act (VAWA). However, the vast majority of domestic violence offenses are prosecuted under state law. "Women's rights are human rights" is a phrase used in the feminist movement. It came to most prominence as the name of a speech given by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the First Lady of the United States, on 5 September 1995, at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. A fundamental principle of the United Nations Charter adopted by world leaders in 1945 is "equal rights of men and women", and protecting and promoting women's human rights is the responsibility of all States.
The present paper is an attempt to explore the questions central to women’s right in India that is fundamentally patriarchal in nature. The paper attempts to grapple with the few challenges faced by the women in India like the dowry, female foeticide, denial of inheritance rights, sale and trafficking of girls etc. The objective of the paper is to evolve strategies to empower women uniformed and men and women are two basic components of our human society. Towards the end of Vedic period (Post Vedic period) women were deprived of social and religious rights. There were not allowed to participate in social and religious functions. Gradually the position of women fell down to the extent that the birth of a girl was regarded as a curse in the family. During Buddhist period Lord Buddha regarded women a source of all evils a. Therefore women were allowed low status compared to males. The present study is related to status of women in Indian society from ancient days till today. It gives importance on the position of women in various fields like family life, social life and work situation. It highlights on female feticide, low literacy level of women, women’s low nutritional status, women’s role in decision-making, their position as per Indian tradition etc. This paper also gives emphasis on number of women in total workforce, torture of them by men in family life, social life and in other fields where they are participants. Lastly it concludes on importance of women and role of society for the emancipation of women from male dominated society and their oppression and suppression. This paper aims to highlight the important role women have and can play in economic growth and Development. It also highlight the powers and rights of women in Modern India.