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Does India need a bank for women?

4 March 2013 Last updated at 02:05 GMT

The plight of women has been at the centre of heated discussions in India's government ever since the gang-rape and murder of a Delhi-student last December.

Even the finance minister took up the topic of gender during the budget, when he announced a special fund for women's safety and a bank for women, prompting some to call it a "women's budget".

Shilpa Kannan reports.