Only Ten Percent of Women in India's Newly Elected Parliament

Women voters poll at a polling booth at Baldeya village in Shimla, May 7, 2014.

Only one in ten lawmakers elected at India's national poll are female, despite pledges by politicians from all sides during the campaign to empower women, research published Saturday said.

Women candidates won 61 out of 543 seats in the newly-elected national parliament, a small increase on the number in the outgoing one, data from the parliamentary think-tank PRS Legislative Research showed.

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Photo courtesy of UNDP in India.

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