Social reform is always slow. It takes a few generations for just to have one aspect modified. I think we have come a long way... from sati, child marriage, women not stepping out of the home, to encouraging widow remarriage, single parenthood, to sending women into space. Yes, there is still more pending. My honest opinion is in addition to men changing on how they treat women, we women also should change a lot on how we treat each other. Unless we respect our own, how can we ask others to do the same. For example I heard in a group conversation one lady asking another, "Does your daughter-in-law call you regularly. Does she call you or do you call her?" Now I am thinking, will she ask the same question about the lady's daughter? This lady is poisoning a good relationship here. So, yes we have a long way to go. But the change should start somewhere. Your story is one good starting point. Hope I have given some fodder for your next story Geeta.