PUCL Bulletin, May 2002
by Syed Shahabuddin
22 March 2002
Amendment Bill for Reservation for Women Legislatures is again on the
agenda of the Parliament.
As you are aware,
the Muslim community as well as other weaker sections have two reservations
on the Bill.
In the existing social,
economic and political situation, the main beneficiaries will be women
largely from the high caste and the elite, thus enabling the high castes
to compensate for their dwindling representation in the legislature.
We are, therefore,
of the view that to safeguard the interest of the OBCs and the Muslims,
the women's quota (excluding the sub-quotas for SC and ST) should be divided
pro rata among the high Caste and the Backward Minorities. Thus 4% should
be reserved for Muslims who form a Backward Class.
- Syed Shahabuddin.