GS-1, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Cabinet approves Pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program

The Maternity Benefit Program will provide compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that the women can take adequate rest before and after delivery and not be deprived of proper nutrition. Objective of the Scheme i) To provide partial compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that… Continue reading Cabinet approves Pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program

GS-2, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Paid maternity leave increased to 6 months

The Union Cabinet has approved amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act of 1961 to increase paid leave for expectant mothers from three months to six and a half months. The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill of 2016 will now be introduced in the Rajya Sabha. Details: The amendment bill seeks to increase maternity leave to 26… Continue reading Paid maternity leave increased to 6 months

GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Have we lost the dowry battle?

Livemint National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data shows a rising graph in the number of dowry cases registered: 9,038 for 2012 10,709 for 2013 10,050 for 2014 Men’s rights activists will tell you this is proof of the law’s misuse. And even the Supreme Court has pointed out in 2014 that section 498A has “dubious… Continue reading Have we lost the dowry battle?

GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

Domestic violence Act misused: Centre

The government recently told the Rajya Sabha that provisions of the Domestic Violence and Anti-Dowry Acts are being misused and several NGOs had also given reports supporting it. Details: Records show that only 13 persons were convicted out of the 639 charge sheeted in 2014 under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005.… Continue reading Domestic violence Act misused: Centre

GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao

Aim: To generate awareness and improve efficiency of delivery of welfare services meant for women Launched on 22 January 2015 with an initial corpus of Rs. 100 crore Joint initiative of Ministries of Women & Child Development, Health & Human Resource Development Districts Identified The three criteria for selection of districts: Districts below the national… Continue reading Beti Bachao Beti Padhao

Big Picture, GS-1, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Religion and Women’s Rights

Debate over Religion Vs Women’s Rights is back in focus after the detention of over 350 women by the Police in Maharashtra. Hundreds of women activists were stopped by the police when they attempted to enter the Shani Shingnapur Temple situated in Maharashtra to challenge its 400-year-old tradition of allowing only men to enter its… Continue reading Religion and Women’s Rights

Editorials, GS-1, GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Failing the Test of Gender

The Supreme Court of India recently ruled that appointment of archakas in Tamil Nadu temples as per the Agamas was not a violation of the right to equality. The Court said, the exclusive right given to a particular group or denomination to enter the sanctum sanctorum of a temple and perform rituals cannot be construed… Continue reading Failing the Test of Gender

GS-1, GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Splendid decade, human development in India

India’s ranking on Human Development Index (HDI) rose by a notch in 2014 — to 130 th  from 131st a year earlier. With a score of 0.609 on HDI, India stands well below the average score of 0.630 for countries in the medium human development group. But it is marginally above the South Asian countries’… Continue reading Splendid decade, human development in India

GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Panchayats and Gender Imbalance

With the passage of Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Amendment Bill 2015 in March this year, Rajasthan became the first state to insist that candidates for the panchayat polls meet minimum educational qualifications. The minimum qualification required was Class VIII for sarpanches, Class X for the zila parishad and panchayati samiti elections and Class V in tribal reserved… Continue reading Panchayats and Gender Imbalance