There is ever increasing concern that in-spite of having so many laws and regulations in favour of women, women related crime in this country is on increase. Let’s take a look at how the statistics is generated.
In the light of above discussion we can see that in many articles in our constitution there are provisions for exceptions to ‘reasonable extent’ only. But for acts like DVA and 498a which were formulated in exception to Articles 14 and 15 of our constitution according to the ‘Special Provisions’ of Article 15(3) gives sweeping powers of extortion, legal damage and cruelty in the hands of daughters-in-law simply by virtue of their marriage. Thus these special provisions completely violate Articles 14 and 15 of Indian Constitution.
a. No women should be given any shift other than between 6am to 7pm (Sec 66)
b. Prohibits women from being employed in certain jobs unless certain conditions are met.
c. Suitable sanitation facilities for women.
d. If more than 30 women are employed, the employer must provide a crèche with certain facilities in the factory premises.
e. No change of shifts except after a weekly or other holiday.
f. Maternity leave to be included in the overall experience of the woman employee.
1. Mahila Sammridhhi Yojana (1993)
2. Rasjtriya Mahila Kosh (1992-93)
3. Indira Mahila Yojana (1995)
4. DWACRA Plan (1997)
5. Balika Sammridhhi Yojana (1997)
6. Convention of All Forms of Discriminations against Women (CEDAW) in 1993
1. AIDWA, UNIFEM – National and international bodies for women. No such bodies for men.
2. Local Mahila Mandals
3. Interim Alimony Benefits
4. Pro-wife investigating procedures
5. Child Custody
6. Public, Judiciary, Politicians, Media, Police sympathy
7. Movies, Ads, Entertainment along violence against women
8. Tax Benefits
9. Loan non-repayment concessions
10. Education benefits – fee waivers
11. Special score waiver in IITs and IIMs
12. Live in benefits
13. 1-way share in husband’s properties
14. Special transport in Metro cities
15. Statement power to file cases (rape, 498a etc)
16. Public prosecutor, Legal aid
17.No punishment even for misuse of laws
Are we really helping women by these pro-women laws? or
Are we still pushing them backward by constantly telling them that they are weak and hence need these extra benefits?