India’s newly elected congress led Government is to propose a radical law for reservation of one third seats for women in parliament and state legislature. The pledge of congress also includes, setting aside the half of the elected seats in village councils and city municipalities for the weaker sex (so called). All major parties including Hindu nationalist party BJP, RJD, PMK and communist are also in favor of the bill. So to gain a mandatory two third majority for the bill will not be a problem for the UPA and probably they will do it in the following months (monsoon session) of the year.
The country which faces 2000 female foeticides every day, this type of propagandas are just allegorical and entirely put forwarded to gain political edge for the coming state elections in many states. The women are denied quality education, they are harassed at work place, they faces other evils like dowry, rapes, eve teasing and the list goes on to infinity. But the problem cannot be certainly solved by providing reservation or fixing seats for them. This will simply support the women who are already privileged one, but somehow missed to get the seat. I mean, like all reservations, this will not reach out to the really needy one and the benefit will go to the person who doesn’t need it.
The need of the hour is to make some strict laws which ensure better access to education, ethical work culture, security so as to knock the problem at its root cause. We need to create such an environment of confidence that they can grow by themselves, without any support. After all they are the one who gave birth to this society, and now they only are facing the heat.
What we can do is:
1) Stringent implementation of the female foeticides ban, dowry discouragement with serious punishments for the perpetrators.
2) Change in mindset of people that female child is a burden for the family.
3) Better education infrastructure for female students. Here instead of making reservation, we can give them financial subsidies.