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‘New’ India Keeps its Women Tied to Old Chains

Sadly, India has ranked 131 out of 153 countries in the Women, Peace, and Security Index.

Adrija Bose | CNN-News18

Updated:November 30, 2017, 12:14 PM IST
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‘New’ India Keeps its Women Tied to Old Chains
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We are a funny country. While there are debates and threats about a fictional character in a movie, and while the highest court of justice is deciding whether a 24-year-old woman can live with her husband or not, even when she wants to—there’s evidence that India is a pretty bad country for women.

India has ranked 131 out of 153 countries in the Women, Peace and Security Index.

According to a report published by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, in partnership with the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Indian women, on an average, have just 5 years of schooling. It gets worse—only 29% women in the country are employed and only 12% of women form our Parliament.

The index incorporates three basic dimensions of well- being—inclusion (economic, social, political); justice (formal laws and informal discrimination); and security (at the family, community, and societal levels)—and captures and quantifies them through 11 indicators.

Women

The study has been conducted in 153 countries—covering more than 98 percent of the world’s population.

The study ranks Iceland as the best country for women with an average index rating of 0.886, followed by Norway and Switzerland with 0.879 and 0.871 rating respectively. The average index rating for India is 0.58.

When it comes to security, India may be better off than Bangladesh and Afganistan, but that doesn’t say much.

37% Indian women have reported to ‘Lifetime Intimate Partner Violence’. And despite that, marital rape isn’t a criminal violence in this country.

Women security

In the sub-continent, Nepal fares the best and is ranked 85, followed by Sri Lanka at rank 97, Bhutan at 108 and Bangladesh at 127. Yes, India ranks lower than these countries.

And here’s a bummer. Saudi Arabia, often known for its rigid rules for women, ranks at 99. That’s way better than India.
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