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Increasing Women Voter Turnout in Indian Elections

Even though Indian elections have consistently witnessed a reasonably higher turnout than most advanced democracies, a gender gap in voting in India continues to exist since the first Lok Sabha election held in 1952. The average turnout during last 16 Lok Sabha elections has been around 60 per cent but men have been outnumbering women voters. The Lok Sabha election of 1962 witnessed a gender gap of 17 per cent (Fig. 1). This gap was significantly reduced for various national...

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