Chapter 4

NCERT
Class 10
Political Science
Solutions
5. What is the status of women’s representation in India’s legislative bodies?

Question:

What is the status of women’s representation in India’s legislative bodies?

Answer:

In India, the percentage of elected women in legislature is merely 12 percent of its total strength where they constitute 50% of the population. Their share in the state assemblies is less than 5 percent. In this respect, India is among the bottom group of nations in the world. India is behind the averages for several developing countries of Africa like Rwanda, Somalia and Latin America where women percentage in legislature crossed 50 percent. In the government, cabinets are largely all-male even when a woman becomes the Chief Minister or the Prime Minister.

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