Understanding the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam and Its Significance

In recent weeks, a new legislation called the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam and Constitutional Amendment No. One Hundred and Twenty Eighth Bill, 2023 has been making headlines in India. This has sparked curiosity and confusion among many of us. Let’s break down this important law and understand how it can affect our lives.

 Background: More Representation for Women

Did you know that in India, women’s representation in the government has historically been quite low? From the first Lok Sabha to now, there has been progress, but we still have a long way to go. A recent survey by UN Women showed that women hold only about 15.2% of seats in the Lok Sabha and 13% in the Rajya Sabha. Countries like Rwanda, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, and Pakistan have more women in their legislative bodies.

The Bill’s Key Points: Reserving Seats for Women

The Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam is a law that’s aiming to change this. It’s all about reserving a good portion of seats in the Lok Sabha, state legislative assemblies, and the Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi for women. This reservation also includes seats that are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). When this law takes effect after a census and delimitation process, about one-third of the seats will be reserved for women for at least 15 years.

 Concerns and Criticisms: What Needs to Be Considered

While this bill is a big step towards giving women more opportunities in politics, there are some concerns. One concern is that the bill isn’t very clear about when women will get to participate in elections after the delimitation process. Another concern is that it doesn’t include the Rajya Sabha and State Legislative Councils, where we also need more women’s representation. Ideally, we want equal representation for women in both houses of the government.

 Conclusion: A Step Forward for Gender Equality

The Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam is a significant move towards giving women a stronger voice in Indian politics. There are challenges, but this legislation is a big step forward. As we move ahead, it’s important to address the concerns raised and make sure women are properly represented in all aspects of governance.

 It is not merely a legislation; it is a tribute to the countless Women who are a major part of the nation. India has been enriched by their resilience and contributions. It is a salute the women for their strength, courage and indomitable spirit. This historic step is a commitment to ensure that their voices are heard clearly.

Together, we can create a more inclusive and fair political landscape. This will empower women and make our democracy stronger. Let’s stand together for a brighter future where women have an equal say in shaping our nation.

In short, this Bill will give Women a bigger say in framing laws and have a positive influence on the political system of India.  So, let us begin by exercising our right to vote and sharing our grievances and injustices we see in the society.