Women were equal partners in India’s struggle for Independence and they deserve an equal share in the country’s prosperity, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil said on Sunday. She was speaking at a function to celebrate Women’s Day at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The audience was a group of poor women “who had fought adversity and opposition at home” to educate themselves and start working — like Kamlesh from a slum in south Delhi. After marriage she decided that she had to learn how to read and write. Today, she teaches others like her. Lending a voice to such women, Patil said: “Women aren’t weak. It is just that they do not get opportunities.”