Maternity Benefit Legislation Reinforcing Patriarchy, Excluding Intersectionality

Kirthi Jayakumar


The amendment to the Maternity Benefit Act of 1961 has paved the way for what is clearly a great benefit for mothers. However, it appears to ignore the need to recognise parenting as a shared responsibility, and reinforces patriarchal norms around parenting. It also fails to account for intersectionality by disregarding the needs of women in the unorganised sector. In addition, it fails to account for implementation and safeguards for subtle exclusionism.

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