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By: Bhanupriya Rao While the global average for Women in Parliament stands at 22.4%, India is at the 103rd place out of 140 countries with a mere 12% representation. Within Asia, India is at the 13th position out of 18 countries. Countries like South Sudan, Saudi Arabia have better Women representation in Parliament than India. Women’s representation in elected bodies, Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies is a source of huge disappointment. As we observed in a previous article, women occupy just 66 seats in the 543 member Lok Sabha, which is a mere 12%. The scenario for women Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) across all state assemblies in India is even worse, with the national average being a pitiable 9%. The best among them, Bihar, Rajasthan and Haryana have 14% representation while the worst states are Pondicherry and Nagaland, which have no women MLAs at all. This being the…

Google, Yahoo and Microsoft will block online ads for gender determination tools in India, following an order by the country’s top court. India’s health ministry told the Supreme Court that the companies had agreed to block 22 key-words relating to pre-natal gender testing. The court had earlier told the companies to adhere to India’s laws or “cease operations” in the country. India has one of the most unbalanced gender ratios in the world. In 1961, there were 976 girls for every 1,000 boys under the age of seven. According to the latest census figures released in 2011, that figure had dropped to 914. The issue prompted India to ban pre-natal sex determination via ultrasound scans in 1994, but many parents still have them done illegally. India outrage over ‘gender test’ remark The petition filed by Sabu George alleged that advertisements and information on pre-natal gender tests and clinics were…