India has rich spiritual culture. This misfortune of harassing on women is due to the fact that we have lost our faith in scriptures and no-body reads and understands scriptures.
Indian Rich Tradition has the example of great Saints Maitri, and Gargi, who have renounced the world and were, realized souls. King Janak , the videhi (one without the body sense) sat at the feet of his female servant Sulabha for Brahma Jnana (Knowledge of Self Realization).
There is Meerabai, Radha and lot more who have realized Brahman. We Chant the name 'Radhe-Krishna' and 'Sita-Ram' and not 'Krishna-Rashe' or 'Ram-Sita'. This signifies the value of women.
Dharma-Artha-Kama and Moksha should be following in the ascending order. Today, nobody is interested in Moksha, and dharma. So just artha (money) is earned by any means without the foundation of dharma. Then it is used to fulfill our desires (the way we want). Without the knowledge of shastras and deterioration of Dharma, women were feeling suffocation due to being 'jailed' in Moral, Cultral and 'Spiritual' cages, without understanding. This pressure of 'need to be free' or 'freedom' increased from generation to generation and by the western influence, today, women are now more liberated and are found in all areas of work.
Un-fortunately, it was women who criticized women more than men.
There is no question about the talent and potential of women, but today's Girls regard house work as 'inferior' and 'dis-grace' since they think that this is only the work of illiterate village women and not of highly educated ones.
If you see our culture, the biggest 'dana' (donation) of Samsari is 'kanya-dana' and only women has the capacity to re-adjust to a new surrounding, take multiple responsibility and bind the family together by Bhava.
Their qualities like tolerance, receptivity and following the instructions of her husband and other elders, being dependant upon him, etc ensure their spiritual progress. They do not need to put much effort since in meditation. Any one seriously meditating for Self-Realization will know that one needs these qualities, which are present, by birth in women. Un-fortunately, today's women, by being independent and self-earning, are loosing this qualities, thus resulting in increasing of divorce cases.
Everybody wants freedom, but nobody wants to realize his/her true nature (Self Realization) which is eternal freedom. Every activity one does is either fear motivated or it is to be safe or happy i.e. one should not have 'dukha'. Nobody cares for Self Realization which is eternal bliss, peace and immortality. (Mental) Renunciation is necessary for spiritual progress. But nobody wants to renounce his/her desires or Ego. Even people inclined towards religion and spirituality want both 'Bhoga' and 'Yog'. If both were possible, then metropolitan cities would be empty and there would be sky scrappers in himalayas. But this does not happen, since many of us does not wants to or find any need to be spiritual or to meditate. It is the ego which does not allow us to surrender to God or Guru and doubting and demanding mind adds fuel to the fire.
If you notice, Hindu Culture does not even give rights to parents to name their child. It is sister in law of the mother, who in near future will leave this house after getting married. Renunciation is found in all activities of Hindu Culture. It also encourages 'Seva' for the good of all with the spirit of detachment. Karma-kand is for the good of all, says Sri Ramana Maharshi in Sri Ramana Gita.
Male child was needed not just because he will help the parents in old days, but also for Guru-Shishya parampara. Father becomes a Guru and son his disciple, and the tradition passes from one generation to another. Female child were not criticized or killed. They were considered as a part of Goddess. they are necessary for evolution of men from spirituality. Mother, by giving birth to a soul gives him / her an opportunity for spiritual evolution. They give their father an opportunity to give biggest dana - 'kanya-dana' (donation) of daughter, whom is very dear to him, during her marriage. From spiritual standpoint, father and mother of female child are very lucky to have this divine opportunity. How can she be a curse or a liability? Can she be?