On March 8, International Women's Day, some civilians, women's rights activists, and members of the autonomous women's movement across the country, released the "Womanifesto" for the 2014 Indian elections which begin on April 7.
The six-point manifesto calls for all candidates to commit to an action-plan, related to women's freedom, safety and equality, as part of their election pledges.
"A freedom movement for women has caught fire. Citizens across the country are demanding an end to the generations-deep violence and suppression faced by hundreds of millions of Indian women and girls. Voters are calling on elected officials to commit the resources and political will for change now. This Indian Womanifesto is a 6-point plan critical to the freedom and safety, equality and flourishing of India's women and girls."
The leader of India's Common Man Party (Aam Aadmi Party), Arvind Kejriwal, committed to the six-point plan at a Facebook Talks Live event.
Here are the six points from the Womanifesto with some of the important demands it makes:
1. Educate for equality
2. Make laws count
3. Put women in power
4. Police for the people
5. Swift, certain justice
6. Economic flourishing
Here's the complete Womanifesto 2014:
Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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