Mobile Phones Offer Indian Women a Better Life
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 24/05/2012 18:08
In the months after Garima Gupta's wedding, she cherished one of her presents above all -- the mobile phone given to her by an older brother.
The young woman's move from the prosperous town of Karnal in the northern state of Haryana to her husband's family in a small village outside Agra, in neighboring Uttar Pradesh, had meant, as it does for many Indian women, dramatic changes. Part of the sharp dividing line between the past and her present life was leaving behind her first name as well as her family name, as is common practice in northern India. Kumud Mittal became Garima Gupta, the name chosen for her by her mother-in-law.
In India, researchers are just beginning to study the effects that the explosive growth in the mobile phone market has had on women's lives.
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