In her lifetime Phoolan Devi faced poverty, child marriage, sexual violence, and the denial of her human rights. These problems still exist in India, and elsewhere around the world.
When considering the state of women’s rights in India, it is important to look at the power structures and social conditions that actively work to reduce the roles of women in society. Factors such as poverty and law play a large role in preventing gender equality. Such factors also work against justice for issues such as rape and child marriage.