Iyer report on two-child norm draws wide criticism

The recommendations of Justice VR Krishna Iyer headed Commission on Rights and Welfare of Women and Child for promoting a two-child norm with cash incentives drew wide criticism from a cross section of the society.

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2011, 15:46 PM IST

Kozhikode: The recommendations of Justice VR
Krishna Iyer headed Commission on Rights and Welfare of Women
and Child for promoting a two-child norm with cash incentives
in the draft of Kerala Women`s Code Bill drew wide criticism
from a cross section of the society.

The two-child norm proposed by the commission was `inhuman`
and the government should reject the recommendations, which
`violates` individual liberty and fundamental rights enshrined
in the Indian Constitution, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML)
Kerala unit president Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal said in
a statement at Malappuram district.

The birth control recommended in the report in the name of
controlling the population would encourage female foeticide,
he said.

The Constitution has given people the right to follow any
religion and propagate it. Without considering religious
beliefs and god, laws cannot be formed, he said.

"At a time when we take credit in our human resources, such
recommendations does not befit to a developing country," he
said.

The two-child norm proposal was an outdated concept tested
and rejected by even by European countries, Jamaat-e-islami
Hind, a Muslim organisation, said.

The Jamaat secretariat, which met here yesterday rejected
the recommendations of the commission.

"The strength of a nation lay in its human resources and
the recommendations to punish couples having more than two
children was unrealistic", they said.

PTI