They might not be getting their due when it comes to representation in parliament, but women have increased their participation in the voting process by nearly 10 percent in this general election, even surpassing men in eight states.
Comparatively, the male voter turnout increased to 67.17 percent from 60.24 percent last time.
A total of 65.31 percent of women voted in these polls as compared to 55.82 percent in 2009, the Election Commission said. "Women surpassed men voters for the first time in eight states and union territories in the 2014 general elections. We see this as a result of our increased awareness drive for exercising one's franchise," Akshay Rout, Director General at the Election Commission, told IANS.