LAW ET JUSTICIA LAW REVIEW
VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1
GENDER STEREOTYPES AND LAW: A STUDY WITH SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO THE PATERNITY BENEFIT LAWS OF INDIA
Mr. VINUDEEP R.,
Tamil Nadu National Law University, Tiruchirappalli
The concept of the mother being the caretaker of children and father working to sustain the family has been the long standing norm of the Indian society – even in most matrilineal and matriarchal communities. However, life is dynamic and so is society. The question now is whether the mother getting benefits or a holiday is sufficient for the wellbeing of the child and whether the father has a role to play in the growth of the child. This paper shall discuss the need for the father to be with the child in its formative days. This paper shall also discuss various jurisdictions that already have such provisions allowing fathers to get off their job for a while in taking care of their child. Further, this paper shall discuss the necessity of such laws in India and shall recommend, if necessary, changes to be made in existing laws.