Feminism in India (Part-1)

In 1992, the Indian government passed the 74th constitutional amendment act, which mandated creation of third tier of governance, namely the rural Panchayati Raj Institutions and urban Municipalities. A provision was made to reserve one third of the seats in these institutions for women, with the goal of their empowerment in mind. Then, the phenomenon of ‘pati panchayats’ took hold, where the office held by these women was actually controlled by their husbands, making them mere puppets.

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