New Delhi: As the country debates the
Women`s Reservation Bill, data on Parliaments across the world
show that India, the largest democracy, lags much behind other
countries, including its neighbours Pakistan and Bangladesh,
when it comes to participation of the fair sex in politics.
With only 10.8 percent of women representation in the
Lok Sabha and 9.0 percent in the Rajya Sabha, India ranks 99
in the world, according to the comparative data by the
Inter-Parliamentary Union, an international organisation that
works for promoting democracy, peace and co-operation among
people in the world.
At present India has only 59 women representatives out
of 545 members in Lok Sabha, while there are 21 female MPs in
the 233-member Rajya Sabha.
The figure, however, is better than that of last year
as only nine percent of the members in Lok Sabha and 9.5 percent in the Upper House were women in January 2009.
India ranks 50 places below Pakistan which is placed
at 49 in the list with 22 percent women representation in its
Lower House and 17 percent in the Upper House.
Similarly, China and Bangladesh have also much higher
representation of women in national politics compared to
While the Communist country is placed at 55 in the
list with 21.3 percent women representation, Bangladesh is
ranked 67th with 18.3 percent female participation in
national politics, the data revealed.