Are reserved seats for women in the parliament needed?
Khushi Kabir, Human Rights Activist: Many women will win the polls if given the chance of direct voting, instead of the provision of reserved seats for them. They could also play roles for the people in the House as well. We always demand that the women run the polls race rather than going for the reserved seats. Half the parliamentary seats must be helmed by the women. If 50% of the constituencies are allotted for the women, equality will be established then. This will greatly help women’s emancipation. They will get the opportunity to prove themselves through their competence and knowledge.
Corruption in the society will reduce to a large extent if the women engage more in politics, get more empowered and elected in the parliament. The progress of the country will be expedited further. Women are whole-hearted ones. Their link to graft is very rare.
Hence their direct participation in the elections will largely help eliminate anomalies. So their presence in the parliament is so vital and it has to be through a direct polling and election through competition. If they are given the chance, the women will be able to prove their worth– a fact we have already noticed in many sectors.
We want every political parties endorse 50% women candidates for direct election. They have to be given the chance. If 150 out of 300 parliamentary seats are contested by women aspirants, a number of them will come victorious, thus, moving to the House. I believe that the elected candidates will cordially tap into the opportunity of serving the people.