India's Trailblazers: The female stand-up comic
30 May 2013 Last updated at 02:40 BST
India and the country's attitude towards women have been in the spotlight for some months, following a series of violent assaults.
But far from seeing themselves as potential victims, some Indian women are breaking into industries usually dominated by men.
As part of its series on India's Trailblazers, BBC News spoke to one woman, Aditi Mittal, who works as a stand-up comic.