Karnataka MLAs – I’d rather have them fight than rule

4 May

Come to think of it, I think I’d rather have the MLAs fighting each other. If they stop doing that, they go off and pass idiotic legislations.

The latest gaff is that women cannot work in night shifts. Isnt that taking away the right of a person to make a living?  Instead they should be passing laws that ensure the safety of these very people and punishing anyone who violates these laws swiftly.

This comes on the heels of a piece on IBN that says that companies are wooing more women.

P.S: BPO’s and ITES companies are exempted.


17 Responses to “Karnataka MLAs – I’d rather have them fight than rule”

  1. greatunknown May 4, 2007 at 6:27 am #

    Pathetic! But no, I’m not overly alarmed by the “latest gaffe”; nothing better could’ve been expected.

    You’ve said it all here: “Instead they should be passing laws that ensure the safety of these very people and punishing anyone who violates these laws swiftly.”

  2. vinay May 4, 2007 at 6:48 am #

    I am not trying to sound like a MCP here …but I would say on the face of it , this looks like a welcome step. I think the decision is in retrospect of
    1. not being able to provide security to women ( forget the time for a moment)
    2. we as a society tend not to respect a woman but treat her as an object

  3. gmohanprakash May 4, 2007 at 8:16 am #

    I agree with vinays words but vijay you have a point too… not all woman are supported financially with the likes of divorcees, spinsters etc – it would hit them hard. If they are uneducated – only god can save them.

  4. vinay May 4, 2007 at 8:59 am #

    sir, in all fariness a few rupees less earned just bcoz of not staying till midnight is better than being bruised /scarred for life by some crazed guy(s) on the road

  5. MP May 4, 2007 at 9:15 am #

    @vinay, but shouldn’t women be allowed to make that decision themselves? why be so patronizing about it. and who is anyone to legislate such things – there’s something call equality and rights.

  6. vinay May 4, 2007 at 9:28 am #

    @MP, pls read my first post …i dont want to sound like a MCP here, but the stats that are available ( even cursory reading) of crimes on women allude that night time crimes have more frequency , also the police dept surely would have some stats on the same too.

    once you include the word ‘partronizing’ into the arguement it would sound the death knell to the discussion. Even in so called advanced countries , there is a clear unwritten rule to moving in downtown after dusk.

  7. MP May 4, 2007 at 9:34 am #

    @vinay, you’ve said it. “There is a clear unwritten rule” – the keyword being “unwritten”.
    It should not be legislated. You know the risks; you make the decision – whether you are male or female.

  8. MP May 4, 2007 at 9:46 am #

    The most important aspect though as pointed out by Vijay, is to ensure safety of all citizens at all hours of the day. Easier said than done. But imposing curfews is not a substitute for providing security. It is abdication of duty and infringes on rights. We are treating the wrong disease.

  9. vinay May 4, 2007 at 12:09 pm #

    @MP, the assumption being in those countries people atleast have a pepper spray if not a weapon to mitigate the risk …here no one even comes to the rescue

  10. travelsaga May 4, 2007 at 2:06 pm #

    Vijay, I agree that keeping women from working night shifts is not the solution. The government should ensure the safety of all citizens. I think the woman should have the last word in whether she would like to work the night shift or not. Many women I know prefer to work in the evenings after the husband returns home to care for the children. This is a compromise they make in order for the child to have a safe environment to grow up in at all hours of the day.

  11. Veena Shivanna May 4, 2007 at 4:37 pm #

    Wonder if this rules is of any use. I thought BPO, ITES are the major janta working in night shifts… so avarige excemption koTTu rule maadidre hege? koTe sutta kaTTbiTTu madhya kindi biTTa haage 🙂

    MP avare, manele paapa woman ge decision togollokke innu biTTilla, neevu govt ge appeal maadtha ideera ?

  12. praneshachar May 5, 2007 at 4:02 am #

    women should not work in night shift antha law madtivi antha heli
    IT/BT employees exexmpted antha heldre yen artha? nivu woman
    safety antha matadidaga IT/BT jana manushere alva avarige safety
    bedava. Govt. machienry with active support from the employers should
    create an safe and good atmoshphere for these women when they trave back
    after long hours of working rather than making some law which will not
    be enforceable.
    govt. reps should be more sensible in debating better points and realities
    rather than making some legilsation to satisfy women’s commission or human
    rights comission etc.,

  13. Vijay May 5, 2007 at 4:19 am #

    @TS: Agree 100%. Again from a personal standpoint, I’d hate it if someone legislated what I could and could not do (legal stuff of course)…

    @Veena: Apparently not.. the hospitality industry has the largest number of women workers….

    @Pranesh: You are right.. they can pass the law but is it enforcable?

  14. silkboard May 5, 2007 at 7:35 am #

    BTW, there is no legislation like that. That MLA goofed up when he said that.

  15. travelsaga May 5, 2007 at 2:07 pm #

    Thank you very much. I appreciate all your help. I did get the login and password. Now, I guess, all I need to do is to start blogging:-))

  16. Priya May 5, 2007 at 6:13 pm #

    Lots of debate on this one. Rather paternalistic comimg from the Minister, I would say . Watch this being explained away as a non issue in a day or two.

    Vijay congrats also on BB on DH and Indiatimes. 911 hits in a day !
    You are my inspiration to blog !


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