NFIW slams RJD, SP JDU; describes them `anti-woman`

The CPI`s women`s wing on Thursday described the RJD, SP and JDU as ``anti-woman`` parties for their opposition to the Women`s Reservation Bill.

Updated: May 27, 2010, 14:30 PM IST

Chennai: The CPI`s women`s wing on Thursday described the RJD, SP and JDU as ``anti-woman`` parties for their opposition to the Women`s Reservation Bill and demanded that
the Centre move the bill in the Lok Sabha at the earliest.

The National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) General Secretary Annie Raja also requested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to take up the matter with the Centre as ``he can play a crucial role in the passage of the bill.``

``The RJD (Lalu Prasad), SP (Mulayam Singh) and JDU (Sharad Yadav) are trying to scuttle the bill in the name of sub-quota for women, especially Muslim women. The fact is that men have to vacate one thirds of the seats in Parliament and Assemblies,`` she told reporters here.

She asked them to prove their sincerity to Muslim women by moving a private member bill demanding reservation.

``The demand for a sub-quota is to scuttle the Bill as men don`t want women to be treated equally. If these parties are sincere towards the welfare of Muslim women, they should allow peaceful discussion in the Lok Sabha,`` she said.

The Reservation bill was a step towards addressing various isssues of women including education, she said adding the Centre should introduce it in its present form in Lok Sabha.

The NFIW is part of the `Campaign Reservation Express`
that is travelling across the country to garner support for
the bill which assures 33 per cent reservation to the fairer
sex in legislative bodies and passed in Rajya Sabha in March.

PTI