Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on September 23, 2023, that the women’s reservation bill, which was passed by both houses of Parliament recently, would give a new approach to women-led progress in the country.
Talking during the inaugural session of the International Lawyers’ Conference, Modi said that the Nari Shakti Vandan Act will provide new direction and energy to women-led development in India.
The bill that will be effective after the President gives her permission will reserve 33 percent of the seats in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies for women.
Modi also honored the lawyers in the freedom struggle such as Mahatma Gandhi, BR Ambedkar, and Sardar Vallabhai Patel. He said that the experience of the legal profession has strengthened the basis of free India and the present impartial judicial system has also assisted in maintaining the confidence of the world in India.
PM Modi said that the conference was held at a time when democracy, demography, and diplomacy had led to the success of the remarkable G20 Summit in New Delhi. India was full of assurance and working to realize the objective of a ‘Viksit Bharat’ by 2047.
A strong, independent, and impartial legal system was required to confirm that India attains its purpose of being a developed nation, the PM said.
The PM hailed a global framework to deal with trans-border threats, saying there were many forces that didn’t respect the borders or jurisdictions. When dangers are global, there are different methods to manage them that should also be global.
Cyberterrorism, money laundering, and cases of misuse of artificial intelligence should be dealt with using a proper global framework. With the rising complexity of commercial transactions, alternate dispute resolution (ADR) was achieving stature. To formalize the informal tradition of dispute resolution in India, the nation enacted the mediation act, while Lok Adalats also played a significant role in settling disputes.
The Prime Minister also asked for the usage of simple language while writing rules and laws. He emphasized how such attempts to present law in two languages, for example, one that the legal system works upon and the other for the understanding of common people.
He stressed that citizens should be able to understand that the laws belong to them. He quoted the example of the Data Protection Law to reveal the government’s measures to draft new laws in simple language.
He appreciated the efforts of the Supreme Court and Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud in making sure that the operative parts of judgments were translated into regional languages to improve access to justice.
Meanwhile, dairy giant Amul released a creative doodle on Friday that observed the passing of the Women’s Reservation Bill. Many top celebrities from the film industry also visited Delhi to laud the special session of Parliament.
Indian actresses like Kangana Ranaut, Bhumi Pednekar, Tamannaah Bhatia, and Divya Dutta visited Parliament House and some of them even praised Modi for passing the Women’s Reservation Bill.
“This (Women’s Reservation Bill) is a big initiative. It feels really good. The women are being brought to the forefront. To witness a special session of Parliament is an experience in itself,” Dutta told the media outlet.
Ranaut also appreciated Modi for dedicating the first session of the new Parliament to women’s empowerment and upliftment.