Special Correspondent

Internal quota sought for women from

exploited communities

‘It will increase representation for

convent-educated women'

MANGALORE:AHINDA, an organisation of the minorities and backward castes and Dalits, has opposed the Women's Reservation Bill in its present form.

In a statement here on Thursday, its leaders condemned the passage of the Bill in the Rajya Sabha without providing internal reservation for women from the exploited communities. Its President Vasudev Boloor, working president Lolaksha and General Secretary B.A.M. Haneef have signed the statement.

They said women from these sections — the Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes and religious minorities — should get reservation in the Executive, legislature and the judiciary based on their population.

They said the Bill as passed by the Upper House would only lead to increased representation for the “convent-educated” women and not help the downtrodden, who are adversely hit by globalisation and communalism and are facing hardships. They said the Bill, thus, is an instrument of law to deprive women from the exploited communities of their rights.

Alleging that the Bill was being described as being “historic” only by the upper classes, they said it was passed by denying the freedom of expression for the members of House by the political parties by issuing a whip to its members to support the Bill. This had only shown the “real colour” of the political parties which are in the grip of upper classes, they said. They also criticised the role played by Sonia Gandhi, the CPI(M) and M. Veerappa Moily in the passage of the Bill.