The Muslim conquest in the Indian subcontinent brought purdah to Indian society.
Among the Rajputs of Rajasthan, the Jauhar was practised.
This practice was initially met with local resistance, as it flew in the face of tradition.
Raja Rammohan Roy's efforts led to the abolition of Sati under Governor-General William Cavendish-Bentinck in 1829.
Women's rights under the Constitution of India — mainly includes equality, dignity, and freedom from discrimination; further, India has various statutes governing the rights of women., the President of India, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha (Lower House of the parliament) were women.