The participation of women in Indian politics has been increased by making it legally binding to have a fair proportion of women in the elected bodies:
(i) One-third of seats in local government bodies in Panchayats and municipalities are now reserved for women.
(ii) There are more than 10 lakh elected women representatives in rural and urban local bodies.
(iii) Efforts are being made for such a reservation in Parliament and State Assemblies, i.e., one-third
seats are to be reserved.
(iv) A bill on the reservation of seats for women has been pending before the parliament but there is no consensus over the bill among all the political parties.