Members cutting across party lines in Rajya Sabha made a strong case for early passage of the bill to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament as well as in state assemblies. The women reservation bill has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha and is pending approval of the lower house, the Lok Sabha.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the members pitched for a woman member in vice-chairperson’s panel, a suggestion which has been agreed to by Chairman Venkaiah Naidu.
The House, which has been witnessing disruptions in the morning session since Monday, today seemingly spoke in one voice to celebrate the International Women’s Day.
After Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu’s remarks on Women’s Day, women MPs from different parties spoke on the issue and pressed for early passage of the reservation bill.
Veteran Congress MP Ambika Soni said a resolution should be passed by the House to support the legislation providing reservation to women in Parliament and state assemblies.
External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj said she was in favour of women reservation bill and continues to support it. Although women have excelled in many field and entered areas dominated by men, she said, “Women still continue to face injustice, which is shameful”.
Ms Swaraj also called for a mass-movement to change the mindset of people towards women.
Meanwhile, issue like crime against women were also voiced by several members, who in particular expressed concern over rising incidents of sexual assault against girl child.
(with inputs from PTI)