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Urban Indian women say they are evolving at a pace that society hasn’t been able to keep up with. Receiving education and joining the workforce in increasing numbers, they are demanding acceptance and freedom when it comes to office treatment, domestic responsibilities and sex.

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by Seema Chowdhury     Reporter, Tuesday - February 21, 2012
BANGALORE, INDIA – Shelley Das, 32, is a well-educated and widely traveled woman who lives in Bangalore, a city in southern India. Dressed in neat business clothes, she has just finished another workday at a multinational corporation, where she holds a senior position.

She says that she is part of a recent quantum leap in the evolution of the urban Indian woman.

“The average urban Indian woman is educated, financially independent, emotionally strong and spiritual[ly] complete,” Das says confidently.

But her tone suddenly switches to disappointment as she acknowledges that society has been slow to evolve with this new woman.

“Unfortunately, this has created an environment of insecurity in her domestic as well as professional worlds,” she says. “On the contrary, average urban Indian man has not kept pace with her. In fact, to many, he has regressed.”

After a little pause and pondering, she continues.

“The Indian man’s monopoly as the breadwinner of the family is [being] challenged by the hand that rocks the cradle as well as provides for the family,” she says. “The insecure man is now pushed to a corner, where he basks only in the glory of physical prowess.”

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