Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A task force on discriminatory legislation against women has recommended that one-third of senior posts in the Mauritian public service be reserved for women.
The report, examined to by the cabinet at the weekend, was made available to PANA Monday.
The task force has also recommended that amendments be made in the Criminal Code to allow, among others, abortion in case of HIV infection and rape, divorce by mutual agreement, and abolition of bail for people accused of sexual offences.
According to one official at the Women's Rights, Family Welfare and Child Development ministry, the task force recommended amendment of the laws to make marital rape or sexual assault against women an offence.
It also recommended introduction of a penalty for men involved in prostitution.
"Presently, only women are sued when they are found with men in immoral postures", she said.
If another proposal made by the task force is approved, HIV test would be mandatory in the case of marriage between a Mauritian and a foreigner.