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Joint Action Committee on Women Reservation terms quota rejection as ‘betrayal’

KOHIMA, SEPT 23 (NPN)(Correspondent )
Published on 24 Sep. 2012 12:29 AM IST
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Reacting to the rejection of Part IX (A) of the constitution on 33% reservation of seats in town and municipal councils for women, by the Nagaland State Assembly on Saturday, Joint Action Committee on Women Reservation (JACWR) described the government as “immature” for unanimously passing the resolution without any question being raised.

In an interview to Nagaland Post Sunday, JACWR member Rosemary Dzuvichü, said the rejection was a ‘betrayal’ of all Naga women and the biggest violation of women’s constitutional rights.

Rosemary however said it was not unexpected since it was observed, that the government was making a variety of excuses such as –ongoing peace process, customary laws and Article 371 (A) of the Indian constitution. She said all these had no connection with the 33 % women reservation.

Dzuvichü said while Part IX (A) of the Indian Constitution spoke about women reservation and the weaker section; and that if the 60 legislators and the government that was supposed to protect the population and the women did not want Part IX (A) then the government was playing with the future generation of the Naga society.

She pointed out that the government has forgotten that JACWR was also aware that the Select Committee report had stated that it has taken JACWR’s views into consideration. 

On the other hand, she said Naga Hoho and ENPO which did not have any women representative wanted ‘women reservation’ to be exempted. She said it was unfair, that the government had taken only the reports of the Naga Hoho and ENPO into confidence.

Dzuvichü also questioned the silence of the bureaucrats over the issue as they were supposed to be guiding the government. She also asked if the government paid any attention to the views of Naga intellectuals.

Dzuvichü said the government’s view killed Part IX (A) of the Indian constitution which legislators need to realize that women reservation was not started in India but an international mechanism for women. 

She said JACWR has filed special leave petition in the Supreme Court where the case was taken up by Director, human rights law network and hearing anticipated within a few days.
Meanwhile JACWR has convened a closed door meeting in Kohima on September 25.
Mention may be made here that demand on 33% women reservation was rejected during the twelfth session of the tenth Assembly by a voice vote.

BJP state unit flays rejection of women quota
BJP state unit while reiterating its stand in favour of 33% women quota has criticized the Nagaland Legislative Assembly members comprising of representatives from two political parties -NPF and Congress.

In a statement, BJP Nagaland president M.Chuba Ao and spokesperson K. James Vizo questioned why the Congress being a national party joined hands with the NPF in rejecting the women’s quota bill when the former was actively in favour of implementing it at the centre.

Stating that Article 371(A) of Constitution of India could be amended if the people so  desired, BJP state unit said the state government was so eager to implement the same bill earlier citing Supreme court ruling and now it changed its the stand after opposition from some quarters.

The party said by rejecting the 33% women reservation, the Nagaland Legislative Assembly has “betrayed and deceived” their mothers, sisters and daughters of their privileges.

BJP state unit also expressed its opinion that if voted to power in the state, the party would implement the bill without hesitation since the party felt that granting 33% seat to the women would not economically affect the people, their resources and age old Naga traditions. 

Rather Naga women would be able to “count down 30 or more years” to compete with other women in the country, said the BJP statement.

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