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No roll for women in Uttarakhand poll

Their status is much like that of a memorial — a fast fading memory of a distant past opines Prarthna Gahilote, reporting for IBN News.

Prarthna Gahilote, CNN-IBN
February 16, 2007

Dehradun: Women played an important role in Uttarakhand statehood movement. But on the eve of the second assembly elections in the state, women have mostly been left out of the political process.

At 90, Bhuwaneshwari Barthwal is the oldest face of the Uttarakhand statehood movement — old, wrinkled, misty-eyed, jobless and disillusioned. Ever since Barthwal fought for the creation of the state she has waited for a chance to be among the policy-makers like her fellow comrades. [more]