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By Kavita Krishnan As soon as women step beyond the bounds of traditional roles and especially if they enter public life and politics, patriarchal interests feel threatened and deploy their usual repertoire of demeaning tactics and abuses. These tactics seek to brand their women targets as sexually loose; as lacking in ‘feminine’ attributes; as puppets of male mentors; or as displaying stereotypically ‘feminine’ weaknesses such as irrationality, fickleness and so on. Women elected to panchayats are often treated as mere proxies for their husbands. Ranting against the 33% Reservation Bill, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav had derided women politicians as ‘parkati’

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