Case Study : Why it is tough for women to work. – UPSC GS1

SBI circular for pregnant women:
  • SBI circular states that if a newly recruited woman’s pregnancy is of more than 3 months, the candidate will be considered temporarily unfit and she may be allowed to join within 4 months after delivery of child.
  • In this case, despite qualifying for the job, woman will not be able to join for 10 months.
  • During this period she will also not receive any of the maternity benefits / salary because she’s not yet presumed to be employee of SBI.
  • Creates variety of challenges for divorcee/single mothers.
  • Circular created backlash on social media.
  • National Women Commission issued notice to SBI.
  • SBI has withdrawn the circular.
This incident depicts deep rooted mindset which is against women.