Modi’s Toothless Defense on Women’s Rights

Facing a no-confidence motion in parliament, Narendra Modi’s government defended its record on improving the lives of women, citing harsher rape sentences and a clean cooking initiative. Yet the administration has not addressed low political participation among women, writes Maria Thomas, and measures protecting women go unenforced—this year India was named the world’s most dangerous place for women.

“We have underestimated the power of culture,” said author Deepa Narayan, adding: “The key question to ask is do women in India feel safer today than four years ago? I think the answer is no…”


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