In India, it is a proud moment when there is a news reported of women standing equal shoulder with men and taking up traditional men’s jobs – like airline pilot, in military, auto-driver, taxi driver, and so on; but then their jobs are labelled as ‘risky’ and dangerous when they do these job in same conditions as men do and it does not seem so appealing anymore. Is not women taking up risky jobs a small cost to pay for women empowerment? Equal pay for equal work also means Equal work for equal pay! News below:
Recent news in Bangalore, Karnataka says: cops asked to exercise caution in dowry cases. Well really, this is nothing new but circular issued in Oct 2010 which maybe Bangalore police is re-discovering now that there has been high-profile murder cases due to fear of false cases, and also request by major IT companies in Bangalore to police to not arrest (everyone in family and the dog) merely on filing of a dowry harassment (IPC 498a) case on husband.
Further to our news about AIMPF(All India Mothers-in-law Protection Forum) submitting memorandum to Chief Minister of Karnataka in which there were statistics of rising male suicides also, there is update on how the State Confusion for Women (SCW) treats elderly women and mothers. As to why we call SCW as State Confusion for Women, please read just one recent incident we wrote about its national level sisterhood NCW. Another clear proof of their confusion is that SCW chairperson says she cannot do anything on policy matters, only individual cases! Really? Doesn’t NCW give recommendations on law-making and such matters at national level? Wasn’t it NCW which said it will go for review about Supreme Court judgment which said “kicking daughter in law is not cruelty under IPC 498a (not that it actually happened in the case)”. Was that about helping an individual woman or about influencing policy on what constitutes an offence under IPC 498a?
Memorandum against abuse and arrests of mothers-in-law and sisters-in-law in Section 498a and DV act cases.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, 2012, we the women representing the community of mothers-in-law and sisters-in-law would highlight the discrimination and abuse faced by us in Karnataka and all over India.
In a recent hearing of a marital dispute, Justice Manjunath made a broadly generalized, but disturbing statement when he said that society is being spoilt because of women’s empowerment.