Women in India

Throughout my travel it is often the people who capture me most. The way they dress, behave, and interact in daily life when you wander through as a tourist. In India it were the women that mesmerized me. I checked Wikipedia to understand a bit better why it seems that you can read endless stories from their faces.

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The status of women in India has been subject to many great changes over the past few millennia.[3][3] From equal status with men in ancient times,[4] through the low points of the medieval period,[5] to the promotion of equal rights by many reformers, the history of women in India has been eventful. In modern India, women have held high offices in India including that of thePresident, Prime Minister, Speaker of the Lok Sabha and Leader of the Opposition.

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Women’s rights are secured under the Constitution of India — mainly, equality, dignity, and freedom from discrimination; further, India has various statutes governing the rights of women.[6] [7]

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As of 2011, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha (Lower House of the parliament) were women. However, women in India continue to face numerous problems, including violent victimization through rape, acid throwing, dowry killings, and the forced prostitution of young girls.[8][9][10]

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Coming from a ‘well’ established society like the Netherlands, I can’t imagine what it would be to live in a country having gone through this turmoil of stages of women rights. And while there is still a lot to change on things happening now, it wouldn’t stop me from visiting this amazing country and trying to understand how we can support being part of this change.

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