In a highly controversial move, the Women and Child Development Ministry has proposed a law to make it mandatory for husbands to pay a salary to their wives in lieu of the "unpaid work" they do at home. The Ministry has asked the Ministry of Statistics to calculate the average number of hours put in by a home-maker in household work so that an acceptable figure may be reached. Since this is not the case right now, the work done by home-makers at home is accounted for as unpaid and therefore, is not reflected in the Gross Domestic Product. Interestingly, in Malaysia, 10% of a husband's salary goes into the wife's account while in the Indonesian Army, all of a husband's salary goes into the wife's account.
The idea seems to be good on paper as a tool to empower women. However, given the seemingly impossible nature of the proposal, it has evoked mixed reactions. While some groups have welcomed the move, prominent women's associations have criticized it saying that it is going to impact the mother- child and the husband and wife relationship.