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Dalit,Muslim bodies for sub-quota for women in bill

Dalit and Muslim bodies demanded a sub-quota for women from weaker sections to ensure fair representation.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi |
June 27, 2009 3:26:45 pm

Contending that the Women’s Reservation Bill in its present form will benefit only those from affluent sections,Dalit and Muslim bodies demanded a sub-quota for women from weaker sections to ensure fair representation.

At a convention in New Delhi,representatives of the All India Milli Council,the Muslim Welfare Organisation,Dr B R Ambedkar Sewa Dal and Samajik Nyay Morcha among others said a quota without a sub-quota will augment inequalities in the country and fail to serve its purpose.

“While we welcome the proposal of reserving seats for women,we strongly believe there should be a provision for ensuring that Muslim and Dalit women,who are the most backward in the country and need representation,get their due share in proportion to their population,” said Manzoor Alam,General Secretary,All India Milli Council.

Alam said in its present form,the bill will further strengthen and empower “the already educated and economically empowered ladies” and those who belong to families with political background.

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Observing that women are not a “single entity” in themselves,Archana Singh of the Dr B R Ambedkar Sewa Dal said women were themselves divided into weaker and empowered sections.

“While 33 per cent quota will help women from the upper caste enter Parliament,how will it ensure representation of those from the most backward classes,” she asked.

Noting that Muslims have been “historically under-represented” in the Indian Parliament,S R Ilyas of the Muslim Personal Law Board said: “in the present Parliament itself representation of the community is 50 per cent of the proportion of their population”.

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“The Parliament has been dominated by those from the upper castes; we therefore see a clear tilt in policies to the benefit of corporate houses and affluent people. This anomaly will not be corrected unless representation is correct,” Ilyas said.

A resolution adopted by the convention said: “passage of the bill in its present form is likely to mar the prospects of a participative,distributive and inclusive justice and equality for all the women folk of India including those belonging to the dalit,minorities”.

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First published on: 27-06-2009 at 03:26:45 pm
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