Govt 'betrayed' on women's reservation: Women groups

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New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) Women organisations today strongly criticised the UPA government for ''betraying'' them on the Women Reservation Bill by not bringing it in Parliament and demanded the government to honour the promise made in the Common Minimum Programme(CMP) by introducing it without further delay.

''Women's organisations feel deeply betrayed by the utter failure of the UPA government to even list the 33 per cent Women's Reservation Bill in the current session of Parliament, leave alone ensuring its discussion and passage,'' they said in a statement here.

Despite the repeated public statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi that they were committed to the issue, the Bill was not brought onto the agenda of Parliament during the winter session, they pointed out.

''We wish to point out that while many other contentious legislations have been passed in the last three and a half years of UPA in power, the consensus excuse has been time and again used to delay this bill. It is indeed extremely unfortunate that the largest democracy in the world is now lagging behind many neighbouring states like Pakistan which has 22 per cent women in parliament and even Nepal which has moved for 33 per cent women's reservation in the upcoming elections,'' they said.

They also criticised the BJP for taking an ambiguous stand on the Bill which exposes its own ''duplicity'' on the issue.

The women organisations demanded that the UPA government honour its promise made in CMP and take steps to ensure that the Bill was introduced and passed in Parliament without any further delay. The statement has been made by the AIDWA, NFIW, AIWC, CWDS, FORCES, Guild of Service, JWP, MWF and YWCA.


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