Housewives can’t be clubbed with beggars and prostitutes says Supreme Court. And why were they clubbed together? Because, according to Census, all these non workers are not engaged in economically productive work. No wonder so many women prefer ‘work’ to ‘non-work’.
Charakan had once blogged about ‘a trade union for housewives’, planning to demand minimum wages and a pension scheme etc.
But the Supreme Court observed, “It is virtually impossible to measure in terms of money the loss of personal care and attention …”
Also I know of women who had never worked before, picking up jobs when there was a financial crisis in the family. It didn’t matter whether they were educated or old or young.
But here’s the part I feel most strongly about.
Even if a homemaker is a SAHM out of choice, she is giving up on a chance to be financially self reliant.
This lack of …recognition of their work mainly contributes to women’s high rate of poverty and their consequential oppression in society, as well as various physical, social and psychological problems,“
Many people believe that women get the privilege of being ‘provided for’ and the traditional arrangement is equal in distributing the responsibilities. [Click to read why I disagree] Now I read this news and wondered about their reaction.
Would the conservative in our society prefer them working, if homemakers had to be paid? What do you think?
Edited to add: Thank You for reminding me to blog about this news Sangitha