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Women's Reservation Bill
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Enacted byParliament of India
Status: Pending

The Women's Reservation Bill or The Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, 2008, is a pending bill in the Parliament of India which proposes to amend the Constitution of India to reserve 1/3rd of all seats in the Lower house of Parliament of India, the Lok Sabha, and in all state legislative assemblies for women. The seats were proposed to be reserved in rotation and would have been determined by draw of lots in such a way that a seat would be reserved only once in three consecutive general elections.

The Rajya Sabha passed the bill on 9 March 2010.[1] However, the Lok Sabha never voted on the bill.[2][3] The bill is still pending as it never went to the Lok Sabha.[4]

Women's reservations

In 1993, a constitutional amendment was passed in India that called for a random one third of village council leader, or Sarpanch, positions in gram panchayat to be reserved for women.[5]

There is a long-term plan to extend this reservation to parliament and legislative assemblies.[6][7][8] Its opponents consider this preferential treatment of women in India as discrimination against them in admissions to schools, colleges, and universities.

See also

Law in India
Women in India


  1. ^ "Rajya Sabha passes Women's Reservation Bill". The Times of India. 9 March 2010. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar calls for women's empowerment". The Times of India. 9 March 2013. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Uproar in India Over Female Lawmaker Quota". The New York Times. 9 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Bill Track- Women's Reservation Bill [The Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, 2008]". www.prsindia.maliniorg. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  5. ^ Chattopadhyay, Raghabendra, and Esther Duflo (2004). "Women as Poicy Makers: Evidence from a Randomized Policy Experiment in India". Econometrica. The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. 72 (5): 1409–43. Retrieved 14 December 2018.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Women are seeking 33% reservation in jobs, promotions
  7. ^ Women's Bill: What's the fuss about? Rediff 24 August 2005.
  8. ^ The reservations business, Indian Express, 11 August 1998.

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