It was waiting to happen. The news is that the Congress party has decided to focus on developing the electoral constituency of women voters.
For long, Indian politics has been largely male territory; and many would rightly argue that this is exactly why policies have failed the gender sensitivity test. The electoral appeal has mostly been on ethnic, caste and religious lines.
But over the last few decades, there has been a shift in the demography and in social relations. While the country’s populace is distinctly younger, with nearly 65% less than 35 years of age, the social status of women has begun to alter—visibly in urban India.
The sordid episode leading to the brutal rape and murder of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi was a rude wake-up call that much more needs to be done.
The 364 million female voters hold the key to change.