Introduction The position of women and their status in any society is an index of its civilization. Women are to be considered as equal partners in the process of development. But women have been always exploited by men and treated as slaves kept under their control. Indian women have remained at the receiving end. Women in India have been the neglected lot. Women have been an active contributor to the development of a nation or a state. But their contribution is generally unrecognized and undervalued and shown a backstage. They have not been actively involved in the mainstream of development even though they represent equal proportion of the population and labour force.