Haryana panchayat cuts off married girls from parents’ property
A Haryana panchayat has banned married women in the village from seeking a share of parental property. The panchayat, which was attended by over 400 villagers, was held at Thua village in Jind last week…
Activists have termed the move illegal as the Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005, states that daughters enjoy equal rights over family property. Deputy commissioner of Jind, Yudhbir Singh Khyalia, has slapped a showcause notice on the village sarpanch and demanded an explanation for the violation of constitutional rights. Ironically, the order came from a woman sarpanch, Santosh Rani. “We will take action after receiving her reply,” the police officer said.
The panchayat resolution states: “Every girl will have to part with her share of parental land and hand it over to her brothers. If she has no brother, she will give it to other family members at her parental home. If a woman violates the diktat, she will face social boycott and have to pay a fine.” Village pradhan Amar Lal Kaliramna has gone a step further. He said even those who will buy land from married women will be ostracized.
Jind Bar Council member Vinod Bansal said, “If a girl approaches the court, she’ll get her share of her property. After her father’s death, property is transferred to legal heirs, which includes daughters.” [Link: Haryana panchayat cuts off married girls from parents’ property]
How honor killings are linked to property rights for women.
Jagmati Sangwan (during the discussion after the screening of ‘Izzatnagar ki asabhya betiyan’ -The Immoral Daughters in the Land of Honour.)
A rough translation.
“On paper daughters have property rights, if the daughters try to claim this right, they can be ostracized or killed.
Now when girls started choosing ‘choice-marriage’, there were fears that now they might start claiming the property rights which were till now only on paper, and they have started making these claims too… Now when land is being sold, and so much money is being made, then girls want that they should also get their share. Now when marriages happen where there is equality, and when women aspire for equality, then there is a risk that girls would get emboldened to claim their share in property too, and this is what has got these men terrified, that today they are choosing their partners, next they could claim for their equal rights in property share… this is the threat that has got them so worried.”
Do you think families and communities who deny an equal share in property to their daughters, could honestly say that they love them equally, and if they don’t/can’t, then can they be trusted to make unprejudiced decisions for their daughter’s future?
Equal Rights and Opportunities for all?
Reservation by custom and tradition is acceptable.
Dheeyaan dee maa rani, bhudhaapey bharey paani
Parents should choose the boy for a girl aged below 21, as it is they who bear the brunt of an unsuccessful marriage – Karnataka HC
Can dowry ensure happiness and security for a girl?
Can Dowry be compared to Inheritance?
The traditional arrangement is equal in distributing the responsibilities?
What is equality?
…for the welfare of women certain customs were formulated
The Powers of the Protectors.
Paraya dhan and her limited rights.
Miyan Biwi razi to BAN karega Kazi?
Is it possible to solve a problem without treating the cause?
Indian family values are good for Indian daughters?
A woman is not a woman’s worst enemy. Patriarchy is.
The interference of parents in the married life of their daughters…
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Don’t treat the cause, the problem will never go.
A daughter in law’s legal rights in her in law’s house are the same as her husband’s rights. Whatever is his, is hers.
“My wife often rakes up property issues, or rues the expenses on my father’s ill-health.”
Early and arranged marriages within the community prevent social ills.
Four kinds of marriages in modern India. Which ones would you ban?
Can you be equal if you are not allowed to make equal contribution?
Cabinet clears bill: Equal rights in Marital property, Easier divorce.
Skewed sex ratio is not caused by sex selective abortions.