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All Women s Political Party Launched in UP

Launched in UP Saraswati Haider ON January 4,1998, unobstrusively tucked away, in the midst of screaming headlines of the pre-election derring dos of Indian politicians and political parties, appeared a news item in The Asian Age: a women's political party had been launched in Uttar Pradesh. One supposes, if other groups in India can, and have, formed political parties to secure their interests by entering the legislatures the highest decision-making bodies in the country why cannot women do the same? The floating of a women's political party was, it would seem, the only option left for women, who in India have constantly been denied their rights and whose situation in the country, even after 50 years of independence, remains gloomy. The-sex composition of India's population not only shows a considerable shortage of females per 1,000 males but also [hat this shortage has aggravated over time except in 1981. In 1901 the sex ratio of females per 1,000 males was 972, By 1971 the sex ratio had fallen to 930. In 1981 it increased to 934 but in 1991 it was a low 929 a steep fall of 43 females per there were in India 31 million fewer women

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