‘You don’t have to talk about literacy rates or illiteracy anymore.” As India’s middle class expands, women are also becoming more autonomous.
The survey showed almost half had a mobile phone and those with their own bank account rose to 53 percent from 15 percent.
Women owning a house and/or land, jointly with others, stood at 38 percent. There are other markers of increasing independence, with the percentage of women getting married or becoming pregnant at a young age falling.
Incidents of rape and molestation are on the rise as women wear attractive clothes.
“Our aim to do away with all bad habits in the village.
Recently, the Mumbai Police twitter handle, which often tweets about crimes that are on the rise, posted: “Sexual abuse is not gender specific, then why not talk to all kids about this? The tweet carried the photograph of a boy with a caption: “Out of all reported cases of Child Sexual Abuse, more than half are males”.
In the past few weeks, two separate cases of young boys being abused have come to light in the city.
By Jacqueline Thorpe A richer India is bringing more cell phones, bank accounts and schooling to women but other signs of female advancement in the $2 trillion economy remain patchy, including the most basic: births. Education levels among women have risen in the past 10 years, according to the government’s National Family Health Survey 4, released this year.