Women fulfill their duties: at home, at work and on the stand

Women from all age groups and backgrounds showed up on Monday to cast their votes and participate in the electoral process. From young starters to businesswomen and people from rural areas, they all lined up at their polling booths.

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First-time voter Kainat Siddiqui, a communications and marketing manager, cast her first vote for Aishbagh. She said, “As a new voter, I choose a path that leads to a better nation – a path that promotes harmony and enables India to prosper while upholding constitutional rights.”

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She said that although the crowd at the polling booth when she arrived in the afternoon, “it was buzzing with hope and eagerness as citizens cast their votes.”

Young Lucknow-based writer Amina Ashraf also had a similar sentiment. She said: “I had to do my part as a citizen and vote against hate.”

In the last Lok Sabha elections of 2019, the voter turnout in Lucknow was 54.78%, of which 55.58% were men and 52.74% were women. In 2014, the turnout was 53.06%, of which 55.23% were men and 50.22% were women.

The trend of the past two elections in Lucknow has left women’s voter turnout just a few steps behind that of men. But it is clear that turnout has increased since 2014.

Environmentalist Anuradha Gupta also shared that she saw more urban women at the polling booths this time than before. She further said: “While I will always vote and do my duty as a citizen and cast my vote, one suggestion to the government would be to provide the booths with candidate lists and profiles of the candidates so that everyone knows who they are on where votes,” she said.

Riya Singh, who works as a security guard at an association in Gomti Nagar, said her voting process was completed in 15 minutes. “I voted and got to work straight away. Luckily the lines moved quickly and I didn’t have to wait long to get to work. It has become easier to go to a polling booth and vote than before. The stalls in Indira Nagar used to be very crowded,” she recalls.

It remains to be seen whether women’s turnout this time will exceed 2019 figures.