We had long before written about No-Pay Day for Women in UK. We had asked if such gender-based discrimination in handing wages was observed in India. Well, according to a government survey, answer is unfortunately in affirmative. Yes, we have gender-based discrimination in our country.
Here is what the report as published in Hindustan Times says:
The bias in the payment of wages and salaries not only overlooks the number of hours put in by men and women but also their educational qualifications.
On an average, in rural India, a woman’s daily wage is Rs 20 less than that of a man, though both work equal hours. In the case of daily salary, the difference is of Rs 50.
Children are even more exploited, especially the girl child. In the manufacturing and service sectors, a girl gets just Rs 10 per day in urban areas. Boys are slightly better off with wages close to Rs 30 for a day.
Were you surprised to read this?
Hey, here are two pieces of news that caught my attention about women in Muslim world:
I had always wondered why women were not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. Now they are coming out with the legislation that allows women to drive. Drawbacks as I see are that this legislation will come into force by th end of this year (the year has just started after all). Also, it is predicted that the execution of law will be slow. Telegraph says that “Saudi Arabia is to lift its ban on women drivers in an attempt to stem a rising suffragette-style movement in the deeply conservative state. ”
In another news in Canada, three women sued their Imam for discriminating against them in mosque on the basis of their gender. Though Imam alleges that these women are suing him at the behest of their husband “who tried to “hijack” the mosque over sectarian differences.” What i truth remains to be see, here is the complete news story.
What is your take on these news?
Today is women’s no-pay day in a developed country like U.K. This has been called to demand equal pay on par with men! Now I did not expect such work pay discrimination based on gender in UK, of all the countries.