Kochi: Unfazed by protests from different
communities, former Supreme Court judge Justice VR Krishna
Iyer has said there was no question of withdrawing the
two-child norm recommended by a commission headed by him.
There was no reason for the state commission on `Rights
and Welfare of Women and Children` to fear anyone and it would
not withdraw the recommendation on birth control, Justice Iyer
told reporters here.
The commission has recommended a two-child norm with cash
incentives of Rs 50,000 being prescribed for women below the
poverty line who marry after the age of 19 and have their
first child after they attain the age of 20.
In its over 90-page report, the commission had stated
that "within the scope of a lawful wedlock, solemnised after
the date of commencement of this Code, each unit of husband
and wife shall limit its children to two for entitlement to
the advantages the state grants to the members of a family."
Some Christian, Muslim and Hindu communities have
expressed strong reservations over the recommendations.
Kerala Catholic Bishops Council President Archbishop
Andrews Thazhath feels that parents have to decide how many
children they want and neither the state nor administrators
can interfere in it.
Syro Malabar Church spokesperson Father Paul Thelekat has
said no democratic country will implement such a policy.
While the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, a Muslim organisation,
described the proposal as `outdated`, Indian Union Muslim
League said it violated liberty and fundamental rights.
Kerala Ameer of the Jamaat, T Arif Ali opined that the
recommendation would violate human rights.
Hindu Aikya Vedi feels that the bill would be
disadvantageous to the Hindu community. Vedi secretary,
Kummanam Rajasekharan claimed that if implemented, it would
have `disastrous effect` on Hindus.