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Sexual discrimination

On 4/3/2104 in Sahara Refund case Supreme Court sent Subrata Roy and two male directors, Ravi Shanker Dubey and Ashok Roy Choudhary to judicial custody, but not Vandana Bhargava, a female director. That is sexual discrimination. It is against equal punishment or treatment for equal crime.
Many women have escaped jail when justice demanded they should be there. When Harshad Mehta was arrested as director, Jyoti Mehta was not arrested. Rabri Devi was let off in a case. Many women pradhans and sarpanchs guilty of corruption have not been charged, prosecuted and jailed.
There is sexual discrimination against men. In city buses seats are unjustifiably reserved for women. It is different from reserving compartments or seats in local or long distance trains. In local bodies there is 33% or 50% reservation for women. That means women are free to contest 100% seats, men 67% or 50% seats. Rotation means neglect and no development of constituencies unless the woman representative is spouse or related to the man who represented it before. Capable women do not need reservation as Mayawati, Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalitha have proved.
For Delhi nursery admissions girls get five extra points, boys are at a disadvantage.
Those who talk of low percentage of women in legislatures and various professions do not mention professions where women’s percentage higher or jails where women’s percentage is low.
Some talk of representation for women in combat positions in armed forces. They talk as if war is picnic. Soldiers get beheaded, mutilated or tortured. In case or women it can be worse. Some want women fighter pilots. When drones and missiles can do the job nobody should be fighter pilot. Some women want to join the army but don’t want to be tested by male doctors. Women pilots don’t want to fly to destinations where there are no toilets. Pregnant women need maternity leave and they will not be available during war. If a woman soldier is at frontline and suddenly she has labour pains it is a problem for her and others.
As per Indian law a man can be punished for committing adultery with another man’s wife but the woman cannot be punished. Feminists and women’s rights activists have not spoken against this discrimination.
Female foeticide is a crime. Male foeticide is not a crime.

Updated: March 28, 2015 — 7:57 am

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