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Aug 12, 2009 at 04:34pm IST

SOTN: What India thinks of working women

New Delhi: On January 1, 2008 India woke up to images of two women being assaulted by a mob of 80 men as they stepped out of a five star hotel in Mumbai. Most Indians argued they weren't properly dressed.

According to an exclusive CNN-IBN-Hindustan Times survey, eight out of 10 Indians feel that rape and sexual harassment are linked to the way women dress. Infact it's the changing role of women in society that's making men aggressive. Around 80 per cent say that's the reason for increased violence against women.

And late nights still generate fear in most minds. Almost 69 per cent men feel uncomfortable if their wives or sisters work till late in office.

Actress Bipasha Basu may be an image of women empowerment in the film Corporate but six out of 10 men feel uncomfortable working with bold, aggressive women. When asked who would they prefer as a boss, most say they are fine with either men or women.

Interestingly, more than 50 per cent of those interviewed said working women do not neglect their family duties.

But close to 90 per cent feel that women are misusing rape and dowry laws to target men.