Womens Reservation Bill

It was not amusing to read about the drama associated with the introduction of Womens Reservation Bill in Parliament on Tue, 6th May. Yes, not amusing. The media reports were all about the strategy adopted by the Government, of sandwiching the concerned minister between various lady MPs, so that the bill could be successfully introduced.

Has the Parliament become a joke that Government has to resort to such strategies to move a Bill? And to add to it, the media finds it commendable rather than condemnable?

The very purpose of the Bill - to have reservation for Women in legislatures is debatable. If all parties were genuinely concerned about this, what is the need for reservation at all? They could easily ensure that 1/3 of the seats they contested were reserved for Women. If all parties did that, chances are that there will be more women MPs in Parliament than ever before.

The current issue which is causing opposition to the Bill is the absence of "quota" within the "quota" - reservations for SC/STs/OBCs within the quota for women. It appears to be nothing but a creative attempt to stall or kill the bill, since the same logic stated above can easily apply. Nothing prevents parties from nominating SC/ST/OBC women to these reserved posts - in fact, more than what the quota stipulates.

Congress is led by a woman. If she were even a little influential, she could easily see to it that there were enough and more representation for Women in nominees in her party. What about BSP? That is ledy by a woman too. Can't they ensure sufficient representation?

Perhaps it is time for women to raise their voice and state that they will not vote for a man candidate in their constituency? Alternately, say they will vote for the party which fields the maximum number of women. Is anyone listening?


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