A survey report made public ahead of Valentine’s Day on Monday clearly shows even in ‘matters of the heart’ Indian women have no rights. The report, prepared by the University of Maryland and the National Council of Applied Economic Research, states that only 4.99% of women in India had sole control over choosing their husbands. Overall, 73% of the women surveyed reported their parents or relatives alone chose their husbands.
The report is a comparative study between the period 2004-2005 and 2011-2012. “Only 4.99% of women in India had sole control over choosing their husbands, showing little change since the survey in 2005, when 5% reported having sole control over choosing their husbands,” stated a report published by IndiaSpend.
The report titled–Indian Human Development Survey–brings further horrible stories about Indian women. The report states that 79.8% of women needed permission to visit a health centre in 2011-2012. However, 74.2% reported needing permission to visit a health centre during 2004-2005. The IHDS survey in 2012 covered over 34,000 urban and rural women between the ages of 15 and 81, in 34 Indian states and union territories. “Further, 58% of women reported that they needed permission to visit the local kirana (grocery) store, compared to 44.8% in 2005,” stated IndiaSpend.