Skip to main content

Uproar after Karnataka house committee recommendation: Don't put women on night shifts

'Women have a much bigger responsibility in our society than men. They need to look after their children and families,' Haris said. (Representative image) (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph: (Others)

WION Bangalore, Karnataka, India Mar 29, 2017, 03.52 AM (IST)

The Karnataka assembly's standing committee on women and child welfare recommended Tuesday that women working in information technology and biotechnology firms should not be put on night shifts.

The committee headed by Congress MLA NA Haris said the companies should hire men instead to staff night shifts.

Talking to the Deccan Chronicle, committee chairman Haris said, "Women have a much bigger responsibility in our society than men. They need to look after their children and families. Men cannot play the role of a mother."

Deccan Chronicle quoted women's rights activist Dona Fernandes as saying, 'He is perpetuating the stereotype that women are mothers, home-makers and meant only to look after their children'
×

Women rights activist slammed the recommendations, calling them sexist.

Deccan Chronicle quoted women's rights activist Dona Fernandes as saying, "He is perpetuating the stereotype that women are mothers, home-makers and meant only to look after their children."

The recommendation -- which came in the form of a report -- also elicited a strong response from the IT and biotech industries which said the move would deny women the opportunity to work, the New Indian Express reported.

The IT industry body, Nasscomm, said night shifts cannot be avoided if more opportunities are to be created for women in the sector.

Nasscomm added, the New Indian Express reported, that it is the government that has to ensure the safety of women in states where IT and biotech firms are located.  

(WION)

Show Comments
  • delete