Vote out BJP-led coalition: Women's bodies
Accusing the NDA government of "betraying" the interests of women, a host of women's bodies led by All India Democratic Women's Association today called for voting the BJP-led coalition out of power in the coming elections.
Alleging that there had been an "intensified assault" on women's rights under the NDA regime, AIDWA appealed to the women electorate not to support the NDA and cast their "vote in defence of women's rights, seeking economic justice and endorsing secular values."
It accused the NDA government of refusing to put to vote the Women's reservation Bill providing for 30 per cent reservation in legislatures despite having a majority in Parliament and for producing a Bill to "protect" and not prevent domestic violence by "providing loopholes for the accused in name of self-protection".
"A ruling party and an alliance that refused to put the (Women's Reservation) Bill to vote even though it had the numbers to get the Bill adopted forfeits its right to ask for women's votes," Aidwa said in a statement.
On the economic front, it said, the implementation of liberalisation policies had the most negative impact on women.
Budget allocations on women related schemes had declined from 1.02 per cent in 1999 to a meagre 0.87 per cent in 2002, it said adding the continuing ban on recruitment in government sector and abolition of posts had led to a loss of 45,000 jobs held by women in the banking sector alone and an estimated one lakh jobs in the Central government services.