Women's lib in Asia

June 26, 1998

AN INDIAN academic who held The THES Exchange Fellowship in 1997 has carried out a comparison of the legal status of women in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Uma Devi, reader in law at Sri Padmavthi Mahila Visvavidyal- ayam, Tirupati, found that male dominance was "almost universal" but that men were accepting gender equality as a pillar of an egalitarian society. Despite active women's movements, there was a greater incidence of wife battering and domestic violence.

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