India, April 14 -- With less than a month left for the state to vote in the Lok Sabha polls, election fever is on the rise. To gauge the mood of voters across Mewat, I visited villages across Nuh, Punhana, and Ferozepur Jhirka assembly constituencies last week. Throughout the journey, I made a conscious effort to talk to women and young girls - voices that are often drowned in the political cacophony that ensues during election time.

These interactions with women voters gave me insights into their lives, and helped me develop a better understanding of the expectations that women across Mewat have from the elections. One such amusing yet fruitful exchange took place in Umri village of Ferozepur Jhirka, where I stopped to chat with women a...