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Indian women are not committed to work

Posted by iluvshrutiverma on October 22, 2008

75% of those coming late are women and all women leave before time !!! Think twice before hiring any women in your organizations…

Special Correspondent
CHENNAI: There needs to be a change in the attitude of both institutions and women themselves to ensure gender equality in the senior management of higher education.

That is the message being driven home at the UGC workshop on capacity-building in higher education management being held at Anna University this week.

“Though more women have entered the profession as faculty over the past decade, most of them are at the lower levels, with a few in senior academic, administration or management positions,” said Karuna
Chanana, resource person for the workshop and a member of the UGC’s National Consultative Committee on the issue.

“Institutions don’t provide enough opportunities, but many women are also not motivated enough, feeling restricted by their dual career, with responsibilities in the home.”

When Anna University Vice-Chancellor P. Mannar Jawahar visited one of his university departments at 9:30 a.m. last week, he found that eight faculty members had still not turned up, though the working hours had
begun an hour earlier. Six of the eight were women. Half an hour before college ended at 4:30 p.m., all women faculty members in another department had gone home. “Women must be committed to their work, not constantly think of home concerns while in office…”

Dr. Chanana returned the ball to the university’s court, saying it was the responsibility of heads of department to ensure discipline among all faculty.

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Pre Nuptial agreements are valid in India

Posted by iluvshrutiverma on October 22, 2008

In India, Prenuptial Agreements are governed by Contract laws and not Marriage Laws.

Lawyers estimate that almost 20 per cent of marriages that take place in the metros, especially in Mumbai and Delhi, involve some form of prenup. “Couples opting for prenups are not just financially unequal couples or wealthy couples, but even those who simply want to avoid the financial entanglement and trauma that follows a divorce,” says Anand.

“The problem, however, is that Indian courts have not totally recognised the validity of prenuptial agreements,” says Indranil Bose, partner (litigation) ,Fox Mandal Little, a Delhi-based law firm. The Indian law defines what marriage is and agreements such as these do not fall into that definition. So they are not deemed valid.

“In India, prenuptial agreements are not governed by the Indian marriage laws, but by the existing contract laws,” says Duggal.

“Under Section 10 of the Indian Contracts Act,prenuptial agreements have as much sanctity as any other contract, oral or written; just because litigation has not begun in this area does not mean that it has to be treated any differently, and that it cannot be enforced.

Courts do take cognisance of a prenuptial agreement if both parties have mutually agreed, are competent to contract, and the prenuptial agreement clearly states the fair division of property, personal possessions and financial assets of the parties,” he argues.

“A big advantage of a prenup is that it forces couples to have that all-important financial discussion before marriage,” says Anand.

She adds that issues that can be efficiently dealt with in a prenup range from divorce settlements, if the case arises, and the prevention of disputes regarding joint accounts to the custody issues of the children after the dissolution of a marriage. “Another important benefit of the prenup is that it offers protection from the spouse’s debts, if any.”

For couples about to take the plunge, it is perhaps wiser to go in for a prenuptial agreement that clearly outlines a fair division of property, personal possessions and financial assets, than fight over a favourite piece of furniture or pet in the process of dissolving the marriage.

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Crime against women increasing in Arunachal

Posted by iluvshrutiverma on October 22, 2008

My country is a strange country, 168 cases of crime against women makes news but 1,15,645 innocent women being arrested is not noticed by anyone!

Itanagar, Oct 22 : Arunachal Pradesh, with an estimated population of over eleven lakh, recorded 168 incidents of crime against women since 2006 as per the record of Indian National Crime Record Bureau based on a study conducted during 2006 on crime against women in India.

The data included 37 cases of rape, 51 incidents of kidnapping, one dowry death and 14 incidents of cruelty towards women by husbands and relatives. During the period, women also reported 63 cases of molestation and two of sexual harassment.

The statistics, which was placed during a day-long consultation programme on ‘Domestic Violence Act and related legal procedures among women and law enforcement agencies in India’, organised by the Centre for Social Research (CSR), Delhi along with Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS), offer a glimpse of the types of violence against women perpetrated in the state.

The participants at the workshop deliberated upon issues relating to Law and Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA), the present status of implementation of the Act in Arunachal Pradesh and the role of police, judiciary, civil society organisations and media as stakeholders.

It is important to note that the crimes that came to the attention of the Indian National Crime Records Bureau most likely underestimate the actual number of the crimes committed against women since many women feel uncomfortable reporting crimes of domestic nature.

”The delay in the implementation of the PWDVA in the state is the main reason for increasing crime against women,” commented Dr Rajana Kumari, Director of CSR while speaking on the occasion.

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