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Equal rights for women in parental property

Special Correspondent

Rajya Sabha passes Hindu Succession (Amendment) Bill 2004


  • Only one male member participates in the discussion
  • Bill is based on the recommendations of the Law Commission

    NEW DELHI: The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday unanimously passed the landmark Hindu Succession (Amendment) Bill 2004, which proposes to remove discrimination against women in the Hindu Succession Act by giving equal rights to Hindu, Buddhist, Jain or Sikh women, including married daughters, in the parental property as the sons have. The Bill, introduced in the upper House on December 20, 2004, was passed by voice vote. It will now be sent to the Lok Sabha for consideration and adoption.

    Only one male member (the rest were women) participated in the discussion that came at the fag end of the day. Some of the members pointed to the low attendance in the House during the debate. Some women members, however, lauded it as a gift after Independence Day, while others said it was well-timed with the "rakhi" festival towards the weekend.

    Replying to the discussion, the Minister for Law, H.R. Bhardwaj, expressed happiness at the unequivocal support given to the Bill by the BJP-led opposition National Democratic Alliance. The Bill is based on the recommendations of the Law Commission in its 174th report on "Property Rights of Women: Proposed Reform under the Hindu Law" and coopts the major suggestions of the Parliamentary Standing Committee that went into it.

    `Bill is a limited measure'

    "This Bill is a limited measure to remove gender bias. Its passage will strengthen my hands for working out the Women's Reservation Bill," Mr. Bhardwaj told the House. Explaining the need for amendment to the Bill, the Minister said the Hindu Succession Act lays down a uniform and comprehensive system of inheritance and applies to persons governed by `Mitakshara' and `Dayabhaga' schools. It applies to every person who is a Hindu by religion in any of its forms or developments or to any other person who is not a Muslim, Christian, Parsi or Jew by religion.

    Section 6 of the Hindu Succession Act deals with devolution of interest of a male Hindu in coparcenary property and recognises the rule of devolution by survivorship among the members of the coparcenary. The retention of the Mitakshara coparcenary property without including the females in it means that the females could not inherit in ancestral property as their male counterparts do.

    The law by excluding the daughter in the coparcenary ownership not only contributes to her discrimination on the ground of gender but also has led to oppression and negation of her fundamental right of equality guaranted by the Constitution. Initiating the discussion, BJP member Maya Singh said the Bill would help gain economic empowerment and equal rights for women. Prabha Thakur (Congress) said unless a law was implemented it had no meaning.

    Chandrakala Pandey (CPI-M) wanted agriculture land to be included in Mitakshara property and the wife to have joint ownership of a husband's bank account.

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