Cast­ing a Se­cu­rity Net

Though the gov­ern­ment has ful­filled a cru­cial item on its agenda by crim­i­nal­is­ing triple talaq, women and chil­dren need more all-round ini­tia­tives

India Today - - SOCIAL WELFARE - By Kaushik Deka

The Jour­ney So Far

The Mus­lim Women (Pro­tec­tion of Rights on Mar­riage) Bill, 2019, crim­i­nal­is­ing triple talaq, passed The Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences (Amend­ment) Act, 2019, passed, with amend­ments, in­clud­ing death penalty for ag­gra­vated sex­ual as­sault on chil­dren and strin­gent pun­ish­ments for other crimes against mi­nors Merged four codes—on wages; in­dus­trial re­la­tions; so­cial se­cu­rity and oc­cu­pa­tional safety; health and work­ing con­di­tions—into Code on Wages, 2019, to sim­plify, ra­tio­nalise and amal­ga­mate var­i­ous labour laws. Crit­ics, how­ever, claim the act is bi­ased in favour of em­ploy­ers. Passed Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Bill, 2019, which pro­poses, among other things, the set­ting up of a Cen­tral Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Author­ity (CCPA) to pro­mote, pro­tect and en­force the rights of con­sumers as a class

Is It Enough?

Though the al­lo­ca­tion for so­cial wel­fare im­proved from Rs 46,492 crore es­ti­mated in the in­terim budget in Fe­bru­ary to Rs 50,850 crore in the July budget, it was just 1.8 per cent of to­tal bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion. While all par­ties sup­ported the Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences (Amend­ment) Act, the crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of triple talaq was con­strued as in­ter­fer­ence in the re­li­gious prac­tices of Mus­lims on the pre­text of pro­tect­ing their women. To prove its in­tent on women’s wel­fare, the gov­ern­ment would do well to in­tro­duce the Women’s Reser­va­tion Bill, en­abling 33 per cent reser­va­tion for women in leg­is­la­tures.

The Un­fin­ished Agenda

Im­ple­ment strin­gent laws across the coun­try against mob lynch­ing

Pro­tect rape vic­tims from ad­min­is­tra­tive ap­a­thy and ha­rass­ment by ac­cused

In­tro­duce laws against hooli­gan­ism in the name of pro­tec­tion of cul­ture

En­sure prop­erty rights of des­ti­tute wid­ows across re­li­gious groups

Pass the Trans­gen­der Per­sons (Pro­tec­tion of Rights) Bill, 2019

Amend Pro­hi­bi­tion of Employment as Man­ual Scav­engers and their Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Act to make it more strin­gent

Amend Main­te­nance & Wel­fare of Par­ents & Se­nior Cit­i­zens Act, 2007, for so­cial and eco­nomic se­cu­rity of el­derly

THIS IS PROGRESS Mus­lim women cel­e­brate the pass­ing of the bill crim­i­nal­is­ing triple talaq

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