India ranks 100th on women representation in Parliament

Greater Kashmir

New Delhi, Sep 15: While Rwanda, a small East African nation, tops the list of nations across the world for having the maximum representation of women in Parliament, India ranks a poor 100th and falls below many conservative Islamic countries.
Placed 100th in the order, India, which boasts of being the largest democracy in the world, has only 10.8 per cent representation of women in the Lok Sabha with 59 out of 545 members as women. In the Rajya Sabha, India has only nine per cent women with only 21 women out of a total of 233 members.
The Women’s Reservation Bill is pending in Parliament for over a year and a half now. The Bill was first drafted in 1996.
The Rajya Sabha has already passed it on March 9, 2010, but the Lok Sabha is yet to take it up. The Bill envisages reservation of 33 per cent for women in Parliament.