Gender (In)Equality in India: Analysing Maternity Benefits and Parental Leaves

Saumya Dubey Abstract In 2017, the Parliament of India passed The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act (MB Act hereafter) which increased the paid leave for expecting mothers from 12 weeks to 26 weeks. The seemingly progressive move, on closer scrutiny, reveals an undercurrent of acceptance for the ‘gendered division of labour’ in society and appears to…