J&K did not deserve to observe International Women’s day 2016.

11 Mar 2016 14:03:01

Daya Sagar

The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The idea of this theme is to consider accelerating building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals,  especially goal number five -Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls- and number 4 –ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.….  End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.

March 8has been observed as ‘WOMEN’S DAY’ in J&K as well. But it has been more of a ‘Lip Service’  as far as the women in J&K are concerned.

What to talk of the all of Indian women in J&K, not even those Indian women who fall in the category  of Permanent of J&K  { Section-6 (3) of J&K Constitution  ----  the expression 'State Subject of Class-I or of Class-IP shall have the same meaning as in the State Notification No. l-L/84 dated the Twentieth April, 1927, read with State Notification No. 13/L dated the Twenty- Seventh June, 1932.}enjoy any gender parity in J&K. Question here is are the political leaders as well as opinion makers of J&K  truthfully willing to  accelerate gender parity in J&K ? The answer is, even while celebrating / observing  International Women’s Day 2016 on March 8 they have not uttered a single word  for undoing the gender discrimination being inflicted on the ‘women’  of J&K through the then existing as well as made constitutional provisions and administrative orders / policies.

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 No woman except those who are in the category of the Permanent Residents  can take admission in J&K government run professional colleges, can join J&K Government service , can participate in elections to J&K legislature and can own a house in J&K. Not only that ,even  the children and husband of a woman who marries anIndian resident of Punjab or Delhi or Mumbai  cannot  take admission in J&K government run professional colleges, cannot  join J&K Government service,cannot vote for elections to J&K legislature and cannot  buy a house or land in J&K.

I other words it will not be an overstatement  to say that even a Woman  Permanent Resident of J&K does not have the right to exercise her free will for using her life partner since in case she does so she will lose many of her fundamental rights in J&K. Rather it will not be wrong to say that   even a women permanent resident girl in J&K is denied  her basic human right  worth choosing a life partner of her choice.Hence what to talk of observing 8th March as ‘Womens Day ’ the people of J&K have no moral right to even observe December 10th as International Human Rights Day. May be all these years after 1947 Independence of India the Indian Parliament as well as the J&K Legislature have remained ‘fully occupied’ by the ‘men’ in India and woman  is suffering of such inhuman discrimination in spite of there being Section-8  (Legislature to define permanent residents:-Nothing in the foregoing provisions of this part shall derogate from the power of the State Legislature to make any law defining the classes of persons who are, or shall be, permanent residents of the State. ) , Section-9  ( Special prevision for Bills relating to permanent residents:-A Bill making provision for any of the following matters, namely- (a) defining or altering the definition of the classes of persons who are, or shall be, permanent residents of the State;……. )  Section-10 (Rights of the permanent residents:-The permanent, residents of the State shall have all the rights guaranteed to them under the Constitution of India ),  Section-22 (Right of women:-The  State shall endeavour to secure to all women-  (a) the right to equal pay for equal work;  … (d) the right to full equality in all social, educational,  political and legal matters;  ) and Section 157(2) in the J&K Constitution under what any unforeseen errors left in the Constitutional ‘drafts’ and administrative orders could  be corrected as and when the error is noted or a good wisdom prevails to undo the wrongs.‘

Even the rights granted under Section-22 (a) and 22 (d)  of  J&K Constitution  (  Right of women:-The  State shall endeavour to secure to all women- (a) the right to equal pay for equal work;  … (d) the right to full equality in all social, educational,  political and legal matters; )  to ‘All Women’ are violated mercilessly in J&K even for the Woman Permanent Residents of J&K that could be corrected to some extent possibly even without any constitutional amendment.

J&K is under Governor’s rule since 8th Jan 2016, why not see to any possible actions that could be taken for making corrections to set a path for “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” in the direction of the Theme International Women’s Day 2016 keeping in view the status of some administrative orders and the Note-2  (   Note-II: The descendants of the persons who have secured the Status of any Class of the State Sub jects will be entitled to become the State Subjects of the same class. For example, if A is declared a State Subject of Class-II his sons and Grandsons will ipso facto acquire the status of the same Class (II) and not of Class-I.  ) appended with Notification dated the 20th April 1927 No. 1-L/Notification No. 1-L/84 dated 20th April, 1927

( Daya Sagar is a senior journalist and social activist  [email protected])

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