Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Idiocy Watch

Via India Uncut, we read this Times of India story about the Government of Haryana:

No nights for girls in G'gaon BPOs

This is probably part of an extortion scheme by local politicians. Give us money or shut your business down, India be damned. Isn't this how all mafias operate the world over?

How come the so-called law which bars women from working at nights is not unconstitutional on the basis of our equal rights guarantee? Could any lawyer please explain this to us?


doubtinggaurav said...


I think it's more of a case of law gone outdated.
I am sure when the law was passed, it's focus must have been manufacturing industries where working conditions are really bad.
However, to apply this in case of BPO is absurdity,it's a case of clueless administration applying outdated laws.
I am sure, that resulting hue and cry, will nip this tom foolery in the bud.
However, the important issue here is outdated laws impeding growth,
I hope ELM/MSM will highlight this aspect.


sanjay said...

Pasted below is a counter report from the Asian Age

"No notice to call centres on women"

Chandigarh: The Haryana government on Tuesday denied that any call centre in the state had been served notices against allowing women employees to work night shifts.

Describing a report in an English daily as "mischievous and baseless", a state government spokesperson said, "Contrary to the news report, the government had in fact granted permission to 17 call centres permitting them to employ women for night duty."

The spokesperson added, "Any establishment which applied for such exemption from Section 30 of the Punjab Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1958, was liberally granted this permission, subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions laid down under the law. Only a few call centres where the managements had failed to comply with the prescribed conditions and procedures had been denied such exemption."

Primary Red said...


Thanks for helping clear this up.

Best regards.


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