Dalit forum wants quota in Bill

2 Jul 2009, Times of India

MANGALORE: The Dakshina Kannada district unit of the Karnataka Rajya Dalit Sangharsh Samiti has urged for the introduction of internal reservation system in the Bill pertaining to providing 33% reservation for women in the legislatures.

In a submission to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made through the deputy commissioner V Ponnuraj, the Samiti district organizing convener Ananda Bellare said it was a welcome development that the Congress-led UPA government has included getting Parliament's approval for the women's reservation Bill in its 100 day programme. However, social justice would not be done to dalit women if arrangements for internal reservation for SC/ST women in the Bill is not made, he said.

SC/ST women cannot contest elections as long as the caste system exists in the country. The caste system is so pervasive that the political parties allow eminent dalit politicians and leaders to contest only from the reserved seats. Hence, it is unthinkabale that a dalit woman could get a ticket and contest from the seat reserved for women unless there was provision for internal reservation in the Act, he said and urged the Prime Minister to provide for internal reservation while implementing the womenbs reservation bill.


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