Draft Hindu property succession law prepared
A draft Hindu succession law has been prepared with emphasis on equal rights of both men and women inheritors to their ancestral properties.
The draft "Hindu Succession Act-2020" has been prepared by the national level coalition "Hindu Ain Pronoyoney Nagorik Udyog", said a press release from Manusher Jonno Foundation, which is the secretariat of the coalition.
Different aspects of the law was discussed during a webinar yesterday, the press release said.
The draft copy of the law will be submitted to the law minister, said Rina Roy, director of MJF.
In the draft law, alongside sons and daughters, the rights of inheritors belonging to the "third gender" has also been included.
According to classical Hindu law, all daughters of a man are not equally eligible to inherit.
Unmarried daughters and married daughters with sons can inherit, while childless widowed daughters or daughters with no sons or with no possibility of having sons are excluded. However, property achieved by Hindu women can be inherited by their male successors, said the MJF release.
Due to inequality in inheriting properties, many Hindu women have to face discrimination and torture, even though the country's constitution guarantees equal rights of all citizens, it said.
Aspects of the draft law was discussed at meetings attended by Hindu lawyers, other professionals and representatives of Hindu religious organisations in different divisional cities, according to the press release.
Yesterday, High Court bench judge Justice Krishna Devnath, lawmaker from reserved seat Aroma Dutta, and Hindu community leaders Kajal Devnath and Milon Kanti Datta, among others, addressed the webinar chaired by MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam.