Gender paradox in India

Suhel Seth draws attention to the appalling treatment of women that persists despite the recent success of two women elected as chief ministers in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu:  

A country that cannot respect its women in the truest sense loses it civility and this alone must scare us into actually respecting our women and that will only happen if we genuinely feel they are equal. It is not the Indian males' right to bestow equality. It is the right of our women to be equal as they should be and if we can comprehend this, we will all live in a better and more sacred India.

http://www.punemirror.in/columns/columnists/suhel-seth/The-irony-of-woman-power/articleshow/52592018.cms

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BBC article on swearing-in of Jayaram Jayalalitha as the chief minister of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-32857257