A group of Muslim women leaders and activists on Thursday asked the UPA government to get the Women's Reservation Bill passed in the present form, saying the demand for sub-quotas will only delay it further.
In a statement issued by leaders and activists of 15 organisations, "some of those opposed to the Bill in the name of sub-quotas also say that if reservation for women is reduced from 33 per cent, they will support the bill."
"This exposes the hollowness of their demand for sub-quotas for minorities and Dalits," the statement said.
Subhashini Ali, President of AIDWA, said Muslim women support the 33 per cent reservation and the the bill must not be opposed since reservation on the basis of religion is yet to be settled in the Constitution and stopping the Bill from getting passed in the Lok Sabha will only delay the process further.
Alleging that opposition to the Bill was of patriachal nature, Ali said statutory position on reservation remains the same.
"If the Women's Bill is passed the number of men in Parliament will decline to approximately 300 from the 432 seats that men enjoy. This is something unacceptable to those opposing it," Ali added.