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Gender Differentiation And Women Empowerment With Reference To The Plays Of Mahesh Dattani


Research Scholar, Desh Bhagat University, Mandi Gobindgarh, Fatehgarh, Punjab.

Head Mistress at Air Force School, Vadsar, Kalol, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India


Mahesh Dattani is an Indian playwright who has written extensively about the lives of women in India. Dattani’s plays often explore the experiences of women in India, and how they are affected by social and cultural norms. This paper tries to discuss and explore the themes of gender discrimination, incest, patriarchy, women subordination, and power. In his plays, women are often shown as victims of patriarchal society. However, they also show how women can fight back against these forces. Dattani’s plays show that women are not simply victims of patriarchal society. They are strong and resilient individuals who can fight back against oppression. His plays offer a message of hope to women everywhere. In many of his plays, he explores the ways in which women are subjected to violence and discrimination and how they are fighting back against traumatic situations, such as abuse, incest, gender discrimination, and violence. Dattani’s plays are important because they give voice to the experiences of women who are often silenced. He shows that women are capable of overcoming adversity and resilience, and they will not hesitate to fight back for their rights. His plays also challenge traditional gender roles and stereotypes, and they offer a vision of a more just and equitable society.

Keywords: Gender Differentiation, Incest, Domestic Violence, Women Fight back, women empowerment 

Impact statement

Gender is discrimination is one of the most crucial issue of the society . This research has shown that gender equality and sexual assault lead to numerous negative health outcomes for people across the gender spectrum. These include exposure to violence, sexual assault , sex determination, gender ratio and decreased access to economic, political, and social capital. Over the past 25 years, women’s empowerment has gained traction as a way to address these negative outcomes in the fields of public health, development, economics, political science, education, sociology and beyond. This research article contributes  on the role of gender and women empowerment through the female protagonists of selected plays of Mahesh Dattani.

About The Author

Ms. Madhu has been working as Headmistress at Air Force School Vadsar, kalol, Gandhinagar. She has earned her degree of post graduation from Swami Premanand Mahavidyalaya, Mukerian Under Panjab University. Chandigarh. She has  taught in the same college for two years as assistant professor. Moreover, she is also a Research Scholar at Desh Bhagat University, Mandi Gobindgarh, Fatehgarh, Punjab. She has presented 6 research papers in international conferences. She has published 2 research papers in UGC care listed journals and 3 papers in international journals. She has participated in various national and international conferences.


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