Allow Males to Nominate their in-laws for Employers' Health Insurance

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When I received a form for nominating my family members for health insurance, I felt we have a discriminatory insurance policy. While females have the choice of nominating either their parents or in-laws, males are asked to nominate only their parents for employer health insurance. Reading this instruction reminded me of some statistical figures regarding female employment in Bihar. 

I had conducted an academic study in several districts of Bihar in 2014. During this study, I asked my participants to report the profession of their parents. I found most of the students informed that only their fathers were employed and their mothers were housewives. This would mean these females will never get the opportunity to nominate their parents even if employers allowed such nominations. If they were the only child of their parents or if their parents had only female children, such parents would never have the benefit of medical facilities. On the other hand, the parents of males might have several medical insurances if they have more than one male child. 

When we have a campaign running nationwide to protect female children, "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao," we should motivate such effort by getting rid of this and similar discriminatory policies. When parents realize that their female children can also take their responsibility in their old age, the discrimination between a male and female child will come to an end on it own. 

I appeal to the Minister of Health and Law and Justice to amend the existing laws, so we never have to run campaigns for protecting and educating female children in the future. 

 

 

 

 



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