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In a scathing observation that underscores d Govts insensitivity to gender issues, d Supreme Court on Friday said the Centre's move 2 equate 36 crore housewives with beggars, prostitutes in the 2001 Census was unfair n wholly uncalled for. Such an equation clearly disrespects the sentiments of every son and daughter in this country who share immense affection with their mothers who are mostly housewives. It appears that those who are doing household duties like cooking, cleaning of utensils, looking after children etc equated wid beggars, prostitutes n prisoners. Comments pl.

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Asked by sumati gayki, 25 Jul '10 01:42 pm
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New Delhi: Translated into money, the household work performed by women in India amounts to $612.8 billion (nearly Rs29,000 crore) per year. Yet, officially nearly 367 million homemakers in India come in the bracket of non-workers, sharing space with beggars, prostitutes and prisoners, the Supreme Court has observed. Slamming the general lack of sensitivity about and prejudice against homemakers in Indian laws, the court has sought a proper rethink on their status by Parliament taking into consideration the value of household work.The colonial mindset in evaluating women has contributed to the high rate of poverty among them and their consequential oppression in society, it said.Enhancing compensation for the death of a housewife, Renu Agarwal, in a road accident in Uttar Pradesh a decade ago, the court rued that the gender bias exists even in the Census operation, which is conducted under an act of Parliament.Renus husband Arun, a government servant, had challenged the Allahabad high ...more
Answered by Josna, 27 Jul '10 10:31 am

 
  
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Just to minimise the columns the govenment has done this. My wife while doing her census duty came across an elderly(70+) couple living in a chawl. The couple had lost(dead) their children and were entirely living at the mercy of their neighbours. When the time came to fill the column of profession they told my wife to write "Beggar". MY wife felt it very bad. When it comes to money and statistics emotions have no meaning. The government could have added a few more options in the profession column but our illiterate IAS officers rule the country.
Answered by manoj thakur, 03 Aug '10 04:31 pm

 
  
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Sumati, emotions do not find any any while interpreting law but at the same time no comment or remark should come from the highest judicial forum that hurt the sentiments of millions & that too those who were UNREPRESENTED before the Court.The courts observe the principles of natural justice meaning thereby the 'nobody should be condemned unheard'.If SC passed such uncalled for remark sacrilegious to the motherhood of this country which has highest respect of the Women...You know Hindus have a number of goddess & worship the womanhood,Muslims, and ppl from other communities also have great reverence for them.
SC of India has not done equitable & fair justice to the womanhood across the country (or World ?).Women organizations & others should raise voice.There is no Contempt of court against "fair criticism' of any judgment of a Court.
I have not read the Judgment/order of SC,therefore, I refrain from commenting as I do not know under what circumstances & regarding what reference th ...more
Answered by dev kapoor, 25 Jul '10 02:01 pm

 
  
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The Supreme Court of India frowned upon the low compensation awarded to the family of Renu after her death in a road accident, on the ground that as a housewife, she had no income. The Bench felt that the time had come for Parliament to realize the invaluable service rendered by housewives and amend the Motor Vehicle Act to give them their due. Surprisingly, the description of home-makers as part of the non-productive category had so far gone unnoticed. This clubbing flies in the face of the recognition that household chores performed by homemakers is of considerable economic value. In fact, there is a demand to compute the value of services provided by home-makers. There is also increasing recognition of the unquantifiable service women provide by raising children. A wife / mother does not work by the clock. She is in constant attendance of the family throughout the day and night unless she is employed and is required to attend the employer's work for particular hours. She takes care ...more
Answered by Dil Se, 31 Jul '10 09:37 am

 
  
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Until and unless we have complete picture of why SC have given this remarks this is unfair to give any comments on the comments of SC .
Answered by KARTIKAY SHARMA, 25 Jul '10 02:44 pm

 
  
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It is certainly in very bad taste to call housewives as prostitutes, beggars or prisoners.I am rather shocked at the mentality of the person who has said this.In my view housewives are homemakers and contribute equally in making of a home, caring for the family and bringing up of children.The duties performed by housewives and their responsibility can never be undermined.I am not remembering the exact words but there is a good sloka in Sanskrit meaning that where women are worshiipped , God's live there!May God grant the person better sense!
Answered by HEMANT MEHTA, 25 Jul '10 01:53 pm

 
  
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Mistake was from the ministry responsible for formulating proforma for census but al last sc has corrected the humiliation suffered by millions of females affected.this shows how insenstive we are sometimes.
Answered by Ramesh Agarwal, 01 Aug '10 08:48 pm

 
  
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This is a shameful act commited by the central Govt n those res[ponsible must be taken to task.This kind of classification of our mothers, sistwers n wives reflects poor thinking....SHAME !
Answered by UMESH SHARMA, 31 Jul '10 02:11 pm

 
  
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In the western world ,what I have seen is that what they mean ,they say that .Here IN India what we mean ,we never say that .,which is called hypocrecy .Its a bare fact that our mouths never justify our minds in action also .The Muslim rule of 700 years in India has totally shattered the dignified position of
women.once enjoyed by them in ancient India .Women were put to the position of bacward class and meant for doing house hold jobs only inplace of intellectual activities .Position remained the even in the British period anld lastly it is no better even now .Dowry deaths ,honour killings in numbers are the index . So in such a country the women ,particularly the house wives will be treated ,as what SC has commented , is no wonder BUT ---and But --you cant supress a jenuine power ,which women are in reality ,forever ,Women of India will emerge as a fomidable force in near future .It is my firm conviction
However ,they have to ignite themselves for that only
Answered by HARIJIBAN BANERJEE, 31 Jul '10 01:56 pm

 
  
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Sumati, Im not a man knowing law thus what I write may or may not be relevant but I want you to read this
Document and also Amberdkaer Autobiography to know how our constitution was framed by dictation of former Masters.
This is an original document found in Madras Court, presented to British Parliament by Lord Macaulay.

Approximately 170 years ago a famous member of British Parliament, who held various important posts wrote the following report. British Government formed Supreme Council of India in 1835, led by Lord Macaulay. Lord Macaulay wrote a report on his findings about India which was presented to the British Parliament in 1835.

Lord Macaulays address to the British Parliament on February 2, 1835

"I have traveled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief, such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unl ...more
Answered by Subhas Mitra, 31 Jul '10 10:03 am

 
  
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