The Centre for Gender and Legal Studies, set up by the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) in Kozhikode distritct, Kerala, was inaugurated on Sunday by AIDWA national general secretary Sudha Sunder Raman. The centre is being set up in memory of late communist leader Susheela Gopalan.
The idea of a man paying his wife for the household work she does is an insult to womanhood, Sudha Sunder Raman said. “The proposal devalues women,” she said, referring to a Bill proposed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development that men give their homemaker wives a salary. “Women should realise that these thoughts are influenced by globalisation. Today’s legal system is controlled by the interests of the ruling parties,” she added. She said ruling parties were trying to make the life of common man miserable by joining hands with capitalist forces. It was mainly women who suffered because of the cap on LPG use, she said.
State secretary of AIDWA and president of the Society for Gender and Legal Studies K.K. Shailaja presided. AIDWA national vice-president T.N. Seema; State treasurer P.K. Sainaba, Society secretary P. Satheedevi; and AIDWA district secretary M.K. Nalini were present.