The Bill was introduced in 1996
demanding passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill (WRB). The Bill will reserve one-third of the total number of seats in state Assemblies and Parliament for women
The WRB was passed in the Rajya Sabha in 2010 but the Lok Sabha never voted on it. The Bill has since lapseed
It is seen as a logical extension of the 72nd and 73rd constitutional amendments (1992,1993), which reserved one third of all seats and chairperson posts for women in rural and urban local governments
Currently, just 14 per cent of Lok Sabha MPs are women (78 in total)
Women make roughly 11 per cent of the Rajya Sabha
While the number has increased significantly since the first Lok Sabha, where women made about 5 per cent of the total MP
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