In historic verdict, Bangladesh Hindu widows to get share of husbands’ properties

Dhaka, September 3

In a historic verdict, the Bangladesh High Court has stated that Hindu widows are entitled to shares in all properties owned by their late husbands and never simply their homesteads.

Previously Hindu widows within the nation had been solely entitled to their spouses’ homesteads and never different belongings like agricultural land.

However, human rights activists stated that Wednesday’s verdict was just a bit progress and never an achievement.

Advocate and activist, Dipty Sikder advised IANS: “This verdict is in fact one step ahead within the combat for the institution of equality between women and men. But there’s nonetheless an extended technique to go to attain the aim for equal rights of Hindu ladies.

“The Hindu leaders have by no means performed a optimistic function for the Hindu widows of Bangladesh. Only we the human rights activists have been preventing for 50 years first initiated by the nation’s legendary activist, Begum Sufia Kamal.

“Still we wish them to come with us to achieve Kamal’s goal of a Uniform Family Code.” Meanwhile, Rana Das Gupta, General Secretary of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council hailed the decision, telling IANS: “We always welcome any positive verdict like this.” A single High Court 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’ belongings.

Barrister Syed Nafiul Islam, one of many attorneys 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 women.

Enacted in 1937, the regulation disadvantaged ladies of the proper to inherit their husbands’ properties.

One Jyotindra Nath Mandal of Khulna filed a case in 1996 in search of a courtroom order to deprive his useless brother’s spouse (sister-in-law) of their father’s belongings.

The decrease courtroom stated that widows had rights solely to the realm of the homes by which they lived, and to not agricultural property.

Later, the district choose expressed a special opinion, that widows additionally had rights to agricultural land in the identical method as their husbands.

The matter was then dropped at the High Court.


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