Muslim body wants quota in quota for women of community
Last Updated: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 21:34
New Delhi: A Muslim body on Thursday threatened to launch a nationwide agitation if the Women's Reservation Bill is passed without a quota within quota for women of the community.

The All India Milli Council noted that Dalit and Muslim women have had the least representation in Lok Sabha and state legislatures "which is quite a pity".

"Only 14 Muslim women have been elected as Members of the 15 Lok Sabhas from the year 1952 to 2009 which have had a total of 7,906 MPs. The number shows the lack of proportionate representation of this section of population since Independence," said Mauzi Khan, secretary of All India Milli Council.

Khan said that they have written letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh twice this year but no reply has come from him till now.

Echoing similar demands and concerns the 'Insaan Dost Council', a Dalit organisation, said that the government has introduced 50 per cent quota for women in Panchayats but they have forgotten Dalit and Muslim women this time also.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 21:34

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