Even now a majority of women in India lead repressed life and lifestyles, a result of feudalistic norms and ethos. But in this by and large depressing sociocultural climate, one learns of some inspiring true stories.

Here are three exemplary women who have excelled in physically intensive sports that are traditionally deemed male preserves, despite the pressures of marriage and motherhood. They have not only challenged the established norms of society, but have broken them gloriously. They have paved new roads in the process, ones many more women can take.

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