March 9, incidentally a day after International Women’s Day, witnessed the historic sanction of the controversial Women's Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha. The sanction happened after more than a decade of deliberation, with constant resistance from majority of members of the House. In fact, several opponents of the Women’s Bill turned physically hostile while the House was in session, a day before the Bill was passed. Seven such House members were voted to be suspended for the remaining term for their behavior.
The year is 2010 and the day – 8th March – represents International Women’s Day. Throughout the world, there is so much talk about it but in many countries, the plight of women remains unaddressed by government and the society.