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    Date:27/02/2005 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2005/02/27/stories/2005022702121100.htm National Manmohan urged to amend Hindu Succession Act By Our Staff
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      Date:27/02/2005 URL:
      http://www.thehindu.com/2005/02/27/stories/2005022702121100.htm

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      Manmohan urged to amend Hindu Succession Act

      By Our Staff Correspondent

      NEW DELHI, FEB. 26 . Several organisations and individuals from
      across the country have sought the intervention of the Prime Minister,
      Manmohan Singh, for a comprehensive amendment of the Hindu Succession
      Act of 1956 to bring about full gender equality.

      A delegation that met Dr. Singh last week expressed dissatisfaction
      with the Hindu Succession (Amendment) Bill 2004 introduced in the Rajya
      Sabha on December 20, 2004, and likely to be discussed in both Houses
      of Parliament in the ongoing session.

      The memorandum, drafted by Bina Agarwal of the Institute of Economic
      Growth, Delhi University, in coordination with the Human Rights Law
      Network (HRLN) and the Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), argued
      that the amendments proposed would leave several critical sources of
      gender inequality and anomalies intact; in particular, inequality in
      rights to agricultural land, unequal interests in the Mitakshara
      coparcenary property for several categories of women, and implicit
      inequality arising from a person's unrestricted rights to will away
      his/her property — a provision that is often used to disinherit female
      heirs, given the male bias in Indian society.

      Colin Gonsalves and Shruti Pandey, of the HRLN, pointed out that
      removing these inequalities would be in keeping with the constitutional
      guarantee against discrimination on the basis of sex, and would
      substantially facilitate the empowerment of women.

      The memorandum recommends bringing all agricultural land at par with
      other property and abolishing the Mitakshara coparcenary property
      system altogether. The signatories include dozens of grassroots groups
      working in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar
      Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Kerala and Delhi, as well as prominent
      individuals such as Aruna Roy, Sayeeda Hameed, Mohini Giri, Mushirul
      Hasan, Nirmala Buch, Aparna Basu, Neerja Chandhoke, Jayati Ghosh and
      P.V. Satheesh.



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