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News Snippets

  • In a first, the Supreme Court recognizes marital rape, although for the limited purpose of allowing married women the right of abortion up to 24 weeks if they conceived as a result of forced sex by their husbands
  • Air India cuts discounts on base fare to students and senior citizens from 50% to 25%
  • Mallikarjun Kharge and Digvijay Singh are being touted as frontrunners to take on Shashi Tharoor in the elections for the post of Congress president
  • Sonia Gandhi will decide who will be Rajasthan CM if she feels there is a need to change guard after the near-rebellion by MLAs in the state
  • Ashok Gehlot bowed out of the race for being Congress president after meeting Sonia Gandhi
  • India has moved to the 40th spot in the innovation index, up 6 spots from last year
  • DGGI has alleged that top insurance companies, banks and NBFCs has committed a fraud of Rs 800cr by claiming input tax credit without underlying supplies
  • The Centre will borrow Rs 10000cr less than planned earlier due to good revenue collections
  • At $23.9bn, India's current account deficit widened to 2.8% in Q1, the worst in four years
  • Stocks continue to flounder on Thursday: Sensex sheds 188 points to 56409 and Nifty 40 points to 16818
  • The 36th National Games were declared open on Thusrday by PM Modi in front of a record crowd in Motera near Ahmedabad
  • Jasprit Bumrah most likely to miss T20 World Cup due to recurrence of back injury
  • PFI's political wing, the SDPI is on EC radar and action will follow soon if discrepancies are detected
  • Ashok Gehlot to meet Sonia Gandhi today, says all issues will be sorted out soon
  • Referring to the PFI ban, most Muslim organizations ask the government to take similar action against right wings organizations like the RSS, Bajrang Dal, VHP and the like
In a landmark order, Supreme Court rules that all women, married or unmarried, are entitled to safe and legal abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy as per the MTP Act
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Give Women Their Due In Politics

By Anukriti Roy
First publised on 2022-01-08 07:36:29

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Sunil Garodia Anukriti is a student who dabbles in writing when she finds time.

The government had thankfully not rushed in the Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill that proposes to raise the legal marriage age of girls from 18 to 21 in Parliament and had referred it to the parliamentary standing committee on education, women, children, youth and sport. It was good that democratic norms and parliamentary traditions were followed in this. But one look at the composition of the said committee is enough to raise doubts whether any informed and meaningful discussion on an issue that will have a huge impact on women can be held by it. For, the committee of 31 has 30 male members and a lone woman member.

Ideally, issues that concern women should be debated by a committee that has a majority of women members. If that is not possible due to the paucity of women MPs, at least proper representation must be given to women in the committee. As things stand now, although women comprise 14 percent of all MPs, the committee has just 3% representation for them with a single member.

Without going into the correctness or need for raising the legal marriage age of girls, what needs to be emphasized is that any such proposal should examine the issue from all angles. The views of women are most important in this as the issue concerns them. Male members are expected to be guided by the patriarchal view and that is not the best way to examine the issue. Independent studies have proved that women are more effective lawmakers than men. They should be involved in all lawmaking processes and not just in issues that concern women.

To make women major stakeholders in law making, all parties must allow more female candidates to contest elections. It is a shame that the Women's Reservation Bill, which was introduced in 2010 to reserve 33% seats in Lok Sabha and state assemblies for women, has still not been passed. With women voters increasingly asserting themselves and all parties wooing them, the time has come to redraft the bill and reserve 50% seats for women in all legislative bodies to make it meaningful and give women a bigger say in law making. But will the male-dominated Indian political class take such a revolutionary step?