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Silk Ceiling 2

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Part of "Life on the Edge" series. Indian TV journalist Ritu Bhardawaj reckons that the dancing girls have a special insight into the plight of women. That's because they're really men, dressed up for the Navratri festivities in the Indian state of Bihar. Meantime Ritu's receiving more film from Indonesia, where a marriage law defining women as housewives seems to conflict with guarantees of gender equality. When men, who are seen as protectors and providers, walk out of marriages, women can be left in legal limbo. But is it wise to press for reforms when Islamic fundamentalism is on the rise? Concludes her report by taking her concerns to the government and wraps up with a pointed piece to camera. When the world talks of gender inequality, the usual images include Latin machismo, the West's glass ceiling, or the Middle East. Is Asia really so different?

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