英語を聞く: Poll finds India worst for women

From BBC Learning English
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by Jill McGivering

A survey of some of the world’s richest countries suggests that India ranks the worst for women, coming even lower than Saudi Arabia. […]
India scored poorly largely because of such practices as under-age marriage, dowry-abuse, domestic violence and female foeticide.
[…] In India, the status of women is closely linked to wealth and class. There are plenty of well-educated, professional women who enjoy personal freedoms and a Western lifestyle. India first had a female prime minister in the nineteen sixties and currently has its first female President. But their experience stands in marked contrast to the lives of rural women in the least developed states.
Canada was described as the best country for women, followed by Germany and then the United Kingdom. The United States ranked sixth.

Homework
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. What do you think: If Japan was also in the survey, how high would it score? Why?
2. What do you think is the meaning of this sentence: “In India, the status of women is closely linked to wealth and class.”? Can you explain it in some more sentences?
3. Make your own sentences with the words written in bold.

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