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Muslim Islamic NewsIndian Muslims demand quota for Muslim Women in Legislatures


Joint Committee of Muslim Organisations for Empowerment (JCMOE)

On Proposed Reservation for Women in Legislatures

Syed Shahabuddin Reiterates Demand for Separate Quota for Muslim Women

New Delhi, 8 June 2009: Syed Shahabuddin, the Convener of JCMOE, has issued the following statement:

‘Ever since the 90’s. when the proposal of 1/3 reservation for women was mooted the Muslim community has demanded a separate quota of 4% for Muslim women primarily on two grounds. Firstly, the Muslim women are not politically advanced to get elected to the legislatures, as 60 years experience has shown. Secondly, the Muslims have been persistently under-represented in the Parliament and the state legislatures. An extension of the reserved space will reduce seats available for election of Muslims, who already face many obstacles. In 2009, only 30 Muslims have been elected to the L.S. which means a deprivation of above 60%. Their deprivation is likely to rise to 75%.

Sachar Committee has found that Muslims constitute a backward class, almost as backward as SC/ST and more backward than non-Muslim OBC’s.

In any case, the proposed reservation for women will include high castes, which like OBC’s and Muslims do not enjoy reservation in legislatures. So the Muslims have also been proposing that the reservation for women in the legislature should subsume proportionate part of the existing SC/ ST quotas as well as provide proportional sub-quotas for the women of the deprived groups like the Muslims and the non-Muslim OBC’s, rather than open the whole quota for high castes.

The Muslim community appreciates the stand in this matter taken by some secular parties like SP, RJD and LJP as well as by the JD(U)’.

Syed Shahabuddin

Joint Committee of Muslim Organisations for Empowerment (JCMOE)
D-250, Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi - 110 025 Phone: 2694 6780 Fax: 2694 7346



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