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Women MPs & India trailing behind?

Women MPs & India trailing behind?

According to a study, India is ranked second last among major economies for having a low representation of women in parliament. Women made up just 14.4% of India'selected members of  the 17th. Parliament from the 2019 election. Comparing this to other large nations, it is far less.
48.2 percent of Mexican MPs are women. Similarly, France, 39.7%, Italy, 35.7%, UK, 32%, Germany, 30% are higher than India in terms of women representation in 
Parliament.
More than 45 percent of parliamentarians in Sweden, Norway, and South Africa are women. In India's neighbor Bangladesh, 21 percent of MPs are women. 
Women's representation in the US House of Representatives is 23.6 percent.Only Japan lags behind India. Only 10 percent of the country's MPs are women.
There is no denying that gender discrimination in fielding candidates is the reason why there are fewer women MPs in Parliament.In the last 2019 parliamentary elections, only 12.6 percent of BJP candidates were women. Similarly, only 12.8 percent of women candidates were fielded in the Congress party. 
Trinamool Congress fielded maximum 37.1% women candidates in the election.
It is not enough for the rulers to implement various special schemes to improve the economic status of women; to shout about reservation; equality between men & women, and equal rights. 
India, the world's largest democracy, should also focus on increasing women's representation in Parliament.
Shouldn't India top the list of countries with high number of female MPs? The only way is   not only the big parties that have a chance to form the government at the center but also the big state parties should field women in large numbers in the parliamentary elections.
It can be seen that major parties are reluctant to field women candidates in the 18th parliamentary general election, which is going on in seven phases. 
Therefore, there is no possibility of much change in the representation of women in the upcoming 18th Parliament.
Will all political parties give more representation to women in their candidate lists at least in the next parliamentary elections after five years?