02 Jul '11, 5am

Indian women strive for equality

Indian women strive for equality

INDIA: Indian women lag behind many in the world when it comes to education and equal opportunity but in the northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir, some women are trying to break free from conservatism to take up non-traditional careers. In terms of national education, Jammu and Kashmir is classified as educationally backward. The literacy rate, dropout rate and teacher-pupil ratio are abysmally low. The reasons are many: dearth of educational institutions, problems financing the cost of education, and the preaching of religious leaders who discourage people from modern education. The result is that in the past few years, it is common to see young girls in strict Islamic attire, dropping out after high school. Unlike other Muslim communities in India, Muslim women in Kashmir have a high degree of educational freedom. They are encouraged to go to schools and take up caree...

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