Stereo­typ­i­cal con­di­tion­ing be­gins at a young age, says Gul Panag

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The idea that women are not good drivers comes from a strong stereo­typ­i­cal con­di­tion­ing where men are given more im­por­tance, says ac­tor Gul

Panag (above). The ac­tor be­lieves that the con­di­tion­ing be­gins in the early years where girls are told to do only a cer­tain thing. “You are told that if you’re a girl, then you just do arts, and you don’t need to do sci­ence. Or, if you are a girl then you ride a gear­less scooter be­cause you can’t change gears,” she said.

“Typ­i­cally in a house­hold if there is a boy and a girl and they are sim­i­lar in age, the boy will get a chance to learn to drive first. It's be­cause of the con­di­tion­ing that hap­pens in our en­vi­ron­ment, that women are per­haps less con­fi­dent. This is why they are less reck­less and safer drivers be­cause they are in­volved in lesser ac­ci­dents,” says the 38-year-old ac­tor.

As part of the re­cent Na­tional Road Safety Week, the Dor ac­tor lent her sup­port for the cause and urged cit­i­zens to not drink and drive at an event.

Panag said, “We are taught about our fun­da­men­tal rights in school, but no one re­mem­bers our fun­da­men­tal du­ties as there never has been fo­cus on fol­low­ing them. Ad­her­ing to the laws is our duty as cit­i­zens, and this aware­ness can be im­parted through mul­ti­ple for­mats, from your home, school and im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­ment.”

If you are a girl you are told that to ride a gear­less scooter be­cause you can’t change gears GUL PANAG, AC­TOR

PHOTO: PRODIP GUHA/HT

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