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Dr. Lalit Dadwal, Dr. Kusum Chauhan

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1Dr. Lalit Dadwal, 2Dr. Kusum Chauhan
1. Associate Professor, Department of Laws, H. P. University, Shimla (H.P.)
2. Assistant Professor, University Institute of Legal Studies, Ava-Lodge, Shimla (H.P.)

Dadwal, Dr. Lalit, and Dr. Kusum Chauhan. "MATERNITY RIGHTS FOR WORKING WOMEN AND LAW IN INDIA: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 3, no. 12, Dec. 2018, pp. 6883-6907, Accessed Dec. 2018.
Dadwal, D., & Chauhan, D. (2018, December). MATERNITY RIGHTS FOR WORKING WOMEN AND LAW IN INDIA: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 3(12), 6883-6907. Retrieved from
Dadwal, Dr. Lalit, and Dr. Kusum Chauhan. "MATERNITY RIGHTS FOR WORKING WOMEN AND LAW IN INDIA: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 3, no. 12 (December 2018), 6883-6907. Accessed December, 2018.

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[27]. Id., Regulation 89
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[32]. Id., Regulation 92
[33]. Id., Regulation 93
[34]. Id., Regulation 94
[35]. Section 2(2), The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961
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[37]. Id., Section 9
[38]. Id., Section10
[39]. Id., Section5 (3)(4)(5),Section 11-A(1) and (2)
[40]. Section 4 of The Maternity Benefit Act, prohibit employment or work by the women under certain circumstances.
[41]. Section 8; of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 every woman entitled to maternity benefit or other amount under this Act, shall also be entitled to receive from her employer a medical bonus of two hundred and fifty rupees, if no pre- natal confinement and postnatal care is provided for by the employer free of charge
[42]. Section 9; subs by the Maternity Benefit(Amendment) Act, 1995 (w.e.f.1.2.1996).as per section 9 of this Act in case of miscarriage or medical termination of pregnancy, a woman shall, on the production of such proof as may be prescribed , be entitled to leave with wages at the rate of six weeks immediately following the day of her miscarriage or, as the case may be her medical termination of pregnancy.
[43]. Section 9 (A); also laid the same benefit should be given to the women worker for tubectomy operation
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[50]. In low performing States the total amount of benefit for institutional delivery is 1400 in rural areas and 1000 rupees in urban areas.
[51]. 5In low performing states a woman who gives birth after the second time is eligible if she agrees to undergo sterilization immediately after delivery.
[52]. Ibid.
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[59]. WP(c) No.22007 of 2012(A) , Decided on 21-12-2017

Over the last few decades, the role and the image of women in society have undergone profound changes. There has been a steady increase in the participation of women in the workforce, as well as a significant change in women's attitudes toward work itself. These changes have made equality of men and women in the workforce and in society at large an attainable goal. The traditional pattern of segregated roles of men and women in work and family life has been challenged. But women workers across the world are at a disadvantage because of certain biological reasons. They have to put up with pregnancy, child birth, lactation , child rearing and various complications arising out of these problems. Suitable measures for protection of health and wages of women workers during maternity period are of significance not only for women workers but also to the society. The primary reason for providing maternity benefits is to preserve and protect the self-respect of motherhood and to ensure the health and safety of the mother as well as the child. Maternity benefits are also necessary to ensure the continued financial independence and self-reliance of women. Legislating maternity rights is important because it transposes universally accepted principles into national laws and sets minimum national and sub national standards. In India majority of laws in relation to the special provisions for working women have been modeled. Though the country is progressively moving towards more flexible environments and more generous policies, there are still concerns over many aspects. This paper discusses the national and international concern for maternity rights of women with special reference to Maternity Benefit (Amendment)Act 2017. It also delves into certain case laws dealing with the subject. This paper also throws light on the loopholes, ambiguities and reasons for the lack of motivation to give effect to a sturdy system of maternity protection.