After Monday’s pandemonium and uncountable years if delay, the Women’s Bill finally passes through the Rajya Sabah on Tuesday, 9th March 2010.
Women’s bill was supposed to be tabled in the Rajya Sabah on Monday. However, strong opposition by Laloo Yadav’s RJD and Samajwadi Party members headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav, saw the voting delayed by a day. The bill was earlier cleared by the Central Govt on February 25th and now it needs to pass through the Lok Sabha, so that it could be made in to a law.
Undoubtedly, if the women’s reservation bill does turn in to a law, it’d be one of the major social changes India has seen since Independence. The social change it will bring to lives of woman in general and the Indian mentality in particular will be huge.
The bill proposes a 33.3 percent seat reservation for women in Parliament and state legislatures. It was first proposed by H.D. Deve Gowda’s Govt way back in 1996, and since then it has been brought to the Parliament several times. However, it could never pass before because of lack of a political consensus. 33.3 per cent seats already exists for women in panchayat elections, and the results have been quite favorable.