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    The result of the Indian elections 2014 - What could it mean for women?


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     meeravijayan says she has her reservations about Narendra Modi, the leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the newly elected Prime Minister of India. 'The BJP as a party has a conservative view of women and their social roles that it is hard to take any of their promises of women empowerment but with a pinch of salt,' she said. 'I do hope that the new Prime Minister will form an inclusive cabinet that addresses these issues.’
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    So the result of the Indian elections has been talked about intensely in the media and among all the people here . As many of you already know, the Indian right-wing parties have won a landslide victory. While a lot of people are discussing economic growth, corruption and other pressing social challenges, it is a little disheartening to see that this may mean that gender rights — especially the rights of women — may be overlooked.

    Women’s rights have been the focus in many areas of public debate given the number of sexual violence, harassment and domestic abuse cases highlighted in the media but laws that are in place are seldom implemented because it is still not seen as s serious human rights issue. Will the new government change this? Honestly I don’t know. Will the new government make it worse? I have fears that the conservative wave that is sweeping india at the moment is going to make it a lot tougher for us to access rights.

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