A Supreme Court lawyer has served a notice on the government requesting it to formulate a law prescribing an equal and absolute right of Hindu and Buddhist women on properties of their parents and husbands.
Advocate Tanoy Kumar Saha sent the notice to the secretaries to the ministries of cabinet, law and religious affairs on Sunday, saying that Bangladesh is under an obligation to enact or to frame such policies that will eradicate all sorts of discrimination on any ground as it is guaranteed by the constitution.
In the notice, the lawyer said that Bangladesh has been promoting the need for women's empowerment for the purpose of poverty alleviation over the last few decades.
The lawyer said in the notice that in Bangladesh the Hindu and Buddhist are guaranteed meager property rights in comparison to their male relatives as well as their other religious counterparts.
He also requested the respondents to take proper and necessary steps to legislate and enact laws ensuring equal and absolute rights of Hindu and Buddhist women on their parents' or husbands' properties.
Tanoy Kumar Saha told The Daily Star that he will move a writ petition before the High Court after one month seeking necessary directives, if the authorities concerned of the government don't take any initiative for formulating a law in line with his notice.