India Lower Parliament Expected to Pass Bill That Mandates Third of Legislative Seats Go to Women

March 10, 2010 /EIN PRESSWIRE/ In an historic move, Indian lawmakers passed a bill that mandates that at least one-third of all legislative seats must be filled by women.

The bill guarantees women’s places in both the national legislature and all state assemblies. The bill must still be approved by the lower house of parliament, and it is expected to do so despite possible delay tactics from the opposition.

According to the Washington Post, more than half of the seats in the Indian parliament and state legislatures are blocked in quotas, with Constitutionally mandated spots for lower castes and tribes.

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