But, was the real motive of Chidambaram to gain few brownie points especially among urban women voters? At a time when Indian women (mostly urban) are once again asserting their presence in the public and demanding better security system, Chidambaram and his back room boys might have thought of cashing in on the situation.
Moreover, women have expressed their anger openly on the roads after the brutal gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student in New Delhi on Dec 16, 2012.
So, they came up with two hugely debated sops--women bank and a sum of Rs 1,000-crore fund for women's safety.
However, most of the Indian women seems to be unhappy about Chidambaram's gifts to them. In fact, their unhappiness has turned into a joke and many are making fun of it.
"Do women need special banks to open accounts? Anyway, women who have the money and resources are opening accounts and doing business with regular banks. Finance Minister's latest move of exclusive women bank is nothing but a mere gimmick," said Satrupa Pal, a BPO executive in Bangalore.
Similarly, on the front of coming up with Nirbhaya Fund, many are asking questions to Chidambaram.
"Government should first punish all the rapists. That will teach all men with wrong motives towards women a lesson. Giving funds won't solve women security issue. Police should be sensitised to deal with women related cases," said Susan P, a student in New Delhi.