Indian Husbands May Pay Wives for Household Chores?
On my Global Citizens‘ tour of the world today, I’ve had to make an inspirational, albeit chuckling pit stop in India!
Well, revolution is in the works on the other side of the globe, as India’s Union Women and Child Development ministry has a draft bill in the works to make it a legal obligation for husbands to pay their homemaker wives for doing the chores! Can you say wow? Well I sure did…
According to the proposal, “home engineers” as the law is to refer to homemaker wives, would be compensated anywhere from 10 to 20% of their husbands’ income. Per minister Krishna Tirath, this would not be considered a salary in the traditional sense of the term, but rather a step towards women’s empowerment.
As one would expect, the issue is vehemently debated on and offline. While some feel that it is close to impossible to assign a value to household chores, others argue that even if a value could be assigned to womens’ work in the home, could a mere percentage of their husbands’ salary account for it?
Not only am I getting a serious kick out of the debate, just from the mere fact that we’ve actually gotten to the point where we can actually debate this, but I also absolutely, totally support this proposal! I wish more countries around the globe would take the example of India and actually propose such a bill.
As a working mom, I cannot and will not testify to what it means to be a stay-at-home wife and mom day in and day out. What I can say though, is that there is no work more fulfilling or more basic to society than maintaining the homes where we live, and where our children are raised to make a difference in our world. I have so much respect for my friends who silently toil at offering a refuge of peace, an abode of serenity for their families, sometimes at the expense of their own self-fulfillment.
Yes, they are deserving of some form of compensation. Maybe not a salary as such, we wouldn’t want an employer-employee type of relationship in the home; but how about a concept closer to an allowance, some monetary recognition by society at large that homemakers are WORKING just as hard as the rest of us to build a better foundation for our world!
Would you back the draft bill proposed in India? Do you think homemaker wives have a right to some form of compensation?