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Women On Top

It's taken its time, but a quiet revolution has left the ladies' trust holding the reins in the capital

Women On Top
Jitender Gupta
Women On Top
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
What did you last see, hear or read about women living in Delhi? A student raped close to a busy thoroughfare, an office-goer forcibly pulled into a car and molested. Right? True, Delhi rarely midwifes good news about women. But wait. In a year that has seen crimes against women shooting through the roof in the lawless capital, there's a sliver of hope: 2002 quietly hailed the birth of an extraordinarily women-empowered governance in Delhi.

It's all about an administration that has women manning a significant number of key posts. Giving women steadier footing in Delhi's power corridors—a journey that began when Sheila Dixit became the capital's chief minister four years ago. But it was in February this year that Delhi got its first-ever woman chief secretary,

Shailaja Chandra. In March, Jaishree Panwar was elected the city mayor. In August, Debashree Mukherjee took charge of excise, a portfolio traditionally considered a male bastion. And last month, Parminder Mandip Singh became the first woman chairperson of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the first...
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