Indian Women and Elections
The recent state elections and the huge and successful participation of female politicians across India is commendable. These strong and fierce female politicians are a ray of hope for the Indian women and more so for the millions of unborn baby girls who are aborted in the country on a massive scale. India's 2011 census shows a serious decline in the number of girls under the age of seven - activists fear eight million female fetuses may have been aborted in the past decade. So while India gears for a political realignment through its new crop of female leaders, let us all hope that they also look into the social degradation that women have had to suffer at the hands of the patriarchal Indian society.
Besides nurturing and fighting for their national ambition to succeed and rule, it is high time that female politicians also realize the fact that the general public, the common man, votes every time in the hope that their elected leaders will bring about the much-needed change in society and work towards their social uplift. It is time to see that their dreams are realised.
Rao Khalid, Peshawar, Pakistan