When she lost her husband to Aids in 2005, Pooja Thakur was 23 years old and a mother of three children. "We are hopeful that once the HIV/Aids Bill is passed, it will help stop discrimination against people living with HIV/Aids," she says.
Even at the ripe age of 74, Rose Kerketta's job is not complete. She is a writer, tribal rights activist and one of the founders of the Mahila Samakhya, a government undertaking that helps rehabilitate women subjected to oppression in society.
Seema Devi, a 25-year-old sarpanch, did not just drop the 'ghoonghat'. She lifted the dark veil of gender bias and let in the light of reason into a sleepy village in Haryana's Kaithal district, some 150 km from capital Chandigarh.