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Let us get rid of the thinking that women are meant to serve and men are meant to provide

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WCD and NCW should be shut down with immediate effect… It’s their failure that they haven’t generated any jobs for housewives and now making husbands accountable with such idiotic law… If Husband is forced to pay then he will stop treating her better half thereafter. He will not buy any more gold or valuables for her and no more Insurance Policy. The husband will treat her like one of the imposed employees rather than a companion. He can demand Work without any mistakes. She will brand herself as a worker. He has the right to fire her. She will not get anything more than just a salary. She has to pay rent for staying in her husband’s house. She has to pay for the food he provides. The alternative is yours; either you want 10% of your salary or happy married life with free benefits. How about the men living alone? How about the men with grievous injuries who can no longer work and hence have to stay at home? Yes, there are such families where women are the breadwinners. Laws like this automatically assume that a homemaker is inferior, which is against the basic tenets of equality, to begin with. Nobody considers a homemaker as inferior, what the government is doing with such moves is actively suppressing women instead of empowering them, housewives to get a salary.

Minister Krishna Tirath’s proposal may be appreciated as an attempt to assign an economic value to women’s domestic labour. But is it possible to measure a woman’s love and care for her family? In lower-income groups, women handle multiple roles from dawn to dusk. They work at home, on farmlands, construction sites, etc. But their income is taken away by their menfolk who spend it on their pleasure and entertainment without contributing anything to the family. The government should do something for such women by getting them at least a small share of their husband’s income. Instead of asking a man to pay his wife, the state can provide women with a source of income (within the home) which they can earn independently of their husbands. It cannot be said that women love to serve their family without any expectations. The least they expect is appreciation. But women hardly receive any word of praise from their husband and children. Most women are taken for granted.

Marriage has all its good, bad and ugly sides, but this is one of the most respected social institutions. As time changed towards the so-called developed state and liberal society, the family values have reached a compromised position. One should not ignore the fact that women tend to have a privileged inclination to do savings. The government’s proposal to transfer a part of men’s salaries to the bank accounts of their wives may not change things much but it will lead to a slight improvement in the overall family savings. If such a proposal is passed, this will directly cause grievous harm to the status of women in Indian society.

It assumes a homemaker as being inferior, it establishes a firm suggestion that a woman needs to be dependent on her husband’s salary, it tags on her the status of “worker” in the household, as it is when the wife is dependent on the male dominating society tries to dictate woman a lot. But with such a bill may interfere with love and family structure, it butts into your personal lives, and perhaps more importantly – it gives off a mild vibe that women are supposed to be housewives and thus actively tries to suppress women working outside their homes for a good career. This will lead to the total and complete subjugation of women in many and especially backward households, thus damaging the whole cause of gender equality. I have seen many schemes but things like this can never help women. My belief says that women should be as self-determining as men, financially or otherwise. However, even from a “feminist” point of view, all that this movie achieves is to spoon-feed someone because they are assumed to be delicate and dependent, none of which is true. For this very reason and to avoid grievous exploitation of wives in future Indian society, I never supported such bills, well there is no further discussions or dialogues about the same.

Many women who are career-oriented and successful will agree with me here – even the current situation did not come about easily. Moves like this will take women back to an older era very quickly. The women who quit the workforce to take care of kids at home, don’t want to let their professional skills rust. Most of them start solo, and when business starts booming, they are joined by their husbands. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, the spouses brainstorm, come up with a viable idea and decide to set up shop together.

While there may be plenty of upsides to having a spouse as a business partner, there are several downsides as well. You can, however, overcome these if you follow the guidelines listed below and ensure matrimonial bliss even as you make your business a success. While the emergency amount for a two-income family is usually worth three months of expenses, in the case of EcoPreneurs, it should be at least double this amount. You should also hedge for 2-3 months’ worth of business expenses if a client doesn’t pay on time.

Another tactic to save cost is to convert a room in your house or garage into an office. In the initial days, you don’t need to rent an expensive office space to impress clients. So, save on rent and use the money to upgrade the equipment and technology that you will require to run the business. To avoid the misconception of being a ‘family business’, coroners sometimes don’t reveal that they are married. However, hiding the truth can put their VC funding at risk. Funders are also wary of another arrangement. Divorce, death and disability these three ‘Ds’ can be dangerous for coroners. Small arguments, personal or professional, can escalate to a divorce. While chalking out a business plan, take into account such worst-case scenarios. Make a partnership agreement outlining job household tasks, the profit each will take, how you will handle disputes, and who will have veto power if you lock horns. Also, since an illness or disability can severely impact the business, make sure to get disability insurance to cushion your company against hardship. If both husband and wife, putting in an equal amount of work, you should draw the same salary. The Shahs have found their financial balance to deal with this issue.

Snapping at your partner at work due to an argument at home would be completely unprofessional. Don’t take your partner for granted and make sure that any criticism is constructive and worded carefully.

Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 14 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazine Beyond The News (international). She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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