Gamechanger or a trojan horse? Some reflections on the maternity benefit act, 1961

Uma, Saumya and Kamath, Aditya (2020) Gamechanger or a trojan horse? Some reflections on the maternity benefit act, 1961. Economic and Political Weekly, 55 (22). pp. 59-65. ISSN 129976

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The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, a key legislation in India that enables women to transcend the public–private dichotomy and stake their claim for productive participation in the labour force, saw major amendments in 2017. Four aspects of the amendments—increased maternity leave, maternity leave for adoption and surrogacy, provision of crèche, and paternity leave—are juxtaposed with feminist and constitutional principles as well as ground-level realities and practices. An increase in maternity benefits in law with a neglect of paternity leave and benefits is a lopsided approach that further reinforces gendered division of labour and care work as the domain of women. The social responsibility of employers is emphasised, and a deeper engagement of the state with the policy of parental benefits is advocated.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Maternity Benefit | Pregnancy | Maternity Leave | Adoption Creche | Paternity Leave | Gender
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2022 04:40
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2022 10:09
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