The bill requires companies with more than 50 employees to have creches and to allow female employees to visit the crèche at least four times a day. Photograph: (Getty)
The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill 2016 increases maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks (explained by infographics)
The move from 12 to 26 weeks would actually leave India 13th in the list of countries with the most generous maternity leave periods. The list is led by Balkan countries such as Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, which all offer at least 52 weeks or a year as maternity leave. When it comes to paternity leave though, the Nordic countries lead the way with Iceland offering 90 and Finland offering 54 days of paternity leave.
Countries in the Persian Gulf are the most regressive when it comes to maternity leave with the United Arab Emirates offering just six weeks, Qatar and Oman seven weeks.
There are several offenders when it comes to paternity leave around the world, with India just one of 105 countries to offer no paternity leave at all. After this blow struck for maternal rights, it seems like legislation recognising the rights of Indian fathers is long overdue too.
(Graphics: Simranjeet Singh)