What challenges do women in India face online and on the mat? | DW News

International Women’s Day is a chance for celebration, but also reflection on the challenges facing women around the world. DW takes a closer look at women in India. Particularly how they experience and relate to technology and the online world.
Even female athletes at the top of their game are not immune to the pressure and violence many women face. Some of India’s top wrestlers say sexual misconduct from officials is rampant.
In January, they staged a three-day sit-in in Delhi along with hundreds of supporters. They accused several coaches of sexually harassing female wrestlers. And also accused the Wrestling Federation president – who is a member of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party – of the same. The government promised to investigate the claims, and now an oversight commitee is expected to submit its report soon.
The protest was led by Vinesh Phogat, a three-time Commonwealth Games champion. She has accused the Federation president of ”mentally harassing and torturing” her.
The success of Phogat on the wrestling mat has inspired more girls to take up the sport. Parents are on board too. The state of Haryana – one of India’s most conservative – has become a women’s wrestling hub. But some families may be motivated by more than female empowerment. The wrestling pit is also a way to make money, and for athlete daughters – a potential ticket to financial security.
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