Indian women seldom leave their marriages, and if they do, can find themselves socially ostracised. Among the middle classes, divorce is becoming easier, and increasing, to the dismay of some Indian commentators.
An Indian village house might have one or two rooms.
Indian agriculture depends on the monsoon rains. Sixty per cent of the country's population is still dependent on agriculture, and the annual monsoon is a life-sustaining force. Without it, crops fail, and many risk starvation.
Estimates of the number of Indian prostitutes range between 3 and 15 million. Trafficking is common and there are many underage prostitutes. Rates of HIV infection are high. Women generally are drawn into prostitution through poverty.