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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Excerpts from Towards Equality Report of the Committee on the Status of Women in India

Ministry of Social Welfare

Government of India

1974

The Question of Reservation of Seats for Women in Legislative Bodies

 

7.102 Before we take up our recommendations we have to record our views on a suggestion to which we have given considerable thought. In the course of our tours we received a demand from groups of women in some States for a system of reservation for women in the legislative bodies in the States and in Parliament. We summarise their arguments below:-

7.103 (A) The difficulties being experienced by women in obtaining adequate representation and spokesmen of their cause in these bodies, and the declining trend in the number of women legislators ...

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