In 2019 General Elections, 21 Million Women Will Not Be Able To Vote

The 2019 Lok Sabha election is set to create a new record. For the first time in India’s history, voter turnout among women is expected to be higher than that of men. A closer look at their numbers, however, provides a disquieting insight.

A large number of women, equal to the population of Sri Lanka, appear to be “missing” from the country’s lists of voters. Based on the 2011 census, India should have 451 million women over the age of 18 in 2019. However, the number of women on the electoral rolls is 430 million. The gap: 21 million. That equals to every single woman in a state with as many people as in Haryana or Kerala not being allowed to vote.

In effective numbers, it means the exclusion of some 30,000 women from each Lok Sabha constituency. In Uttar Pradesh, the problem is at its worst. In the giant state that is most important in deciding which party wins the elections, as many as 85,000 women per constituency are missing from voters’ lists. On average, this amounts to 8 per cent of the total vote – a sizeable margin in most electoral races in India.…