Contending that the Women's Reservation Bill in its present form will benefit only those from affluent sections, Dalit and Muslim bodies on Saturday demanded a sub-quota for women from weaker sections to ensure fair representation.
At a convention here, representatives of the All India Milli Council, the Muslim Welfare Organisation, Dr B R Ambedkar Sewa Dal and Samajik Nyay Morcha among others said a quota without a sub-quota will augment inequalities in the country and fail to serve its purpose.
"While we welcome the proposal of reserving seats for women, we strongly believe there should be a provision for ensuring that Muslim and Dalit women, who are the most backward in the country and need representation, get their due share in proportion to their population," said Manzoor Alam, General Secretary, All India Milli Council.
Alam said in its present form, the bill would further strengthen and empower "the already educated and economically empowered ladies" and those who belong to families with political background.
Observing that women are not a "single entity" in them, Archana Singh of the Dr B R Ambedkar Sewa Dal said women were themselves divided into weaker and empowered sections.
"While 33 per cent quota will help women from the upper caste enter Parliament, how will it ensure representation of those from the most backward classes," she asked.