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Muslim women are 6.9% of population, have just 0.7% representation in LS

Five of the 16 Lok Sabhas since Independence have had no Muslim women members, and their number never crossed four in the 543-seat lower house of parliament

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019  |  2019 Elections  |  Muslim Women

Namita Bhandare | IndiaSpend 

She may be the head of her village, but making rotis for her extended family of 22 is still her responsibility. Hunched over the small chulha (earthen stove) in the family house at Hussainpur village in Haryana’s Nuh district, her hands efficiently slapping a small piece of dough into a round roti, Farhuna (she uses one name), smiled when she recalled the circumstances of her marriage--and election.

It was early in 2016. The panchayat elections were around the corner and the Haryana government had recently introduced a new eligibility condition. To contest the elections, women ...

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First Published: Fri, April 26 2019. 07:34 IST
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