B’desh Hindu widows to get share of husbands’ properties
Beforehand Hindu widows within the nation had been solely entitled to their spouses’ homesteads and never different property like agricultural land.
Nevertheless, human rights activists stated that Wednesday’s verdict was just a bit progress and never an achievement.
Advocate and activist, Dipty Sikder instructed IANS: “This verdict is in fact one step ahead within the struggle for the institution of equality between women and men. However there’s nonetheless an extended option to go to attain the purpose for equal rights of Hindu girls.
“The Hindu leaders have by no means performed a constructive position for the Hindu widows of Bangladesh. Solely we the human rights activists have been combating for 50 years first initiated by the nation’s legendary activist, Begum Sufia Kamal.
“Nonetheless we want them to return with us to attain Kamal’s purpose of a Uniform Household Code.”
In the meantime, Rana Das Gupta, Common Secretary of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council hailed the decision, telling IANS: “We at all times welcome any constructive verdict like this.”
A single Excessive Courtroom bench of Justice Miftah Uddin Choudhury handed the order on Wednesday after finalizing a case on this regard.
After 83 years (since 1937), Hindu widows will now get their rights on their husbands’ property.
Barrister Syed Nafiul Islam, one of many legal professionals for the plaintiff stated: “After this verdict, they (widows) will get a share of agricultural land too.”
The strictest a part of the Hindu regulation within the nation is the distribution of property amongst ladies.
Enacted in 1937, the regulation disadvantaged girls of the correct to inherit their husbands’ properties.
One Jyotindra Nath Mandal of Khulna filed a case in 1996 looking for a court docket order to deprive his lifeless brother’s spouse (sister-in-law) of their father’s property.
The decrease court docket stated that widows had rights solely to the realm of the homes during which they lived, and to not agricultural property.
Later, the district choose expressed a unique opinion, that widows additionally had rights to agricultural land in the identical method as their husbands.
The matter was then delivered to the Excessive Courtroom.
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