Bill Gives Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist Women Equal Property Rights in India

August 16, 2005

Source: Sify News

Wire Service: PTI

On August 16, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "A landmark legislation aimed at giving Hindu, Buddhist, Jain or Sikh women equal rights in inheritance of property was passed by the Rajya Sabha today. The Hindu Succession (Amendment) Bill, 2004, moved by Law Minister H R Bhardwaj, proposes to remove the discrimination contained in Section 6 of the Hindu Succession Act 1956 by giving equal rights to daughters over property. The Bill received overwhelming support from the members who felt that women have been discriminated over the years. It was passed by a voice vote. Replying to the debate, Bhardwaj said he was working 'day and night' on the Women's Reservation Bill on which the government has interacted with leaders of political parties in a bid to create a consensus. Observing he was ready with a Bill to check domestic violence against women which was a 'very important piece of legislation with far-reaching consequences,' the Minister said UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi was keen on reviewing all bills, wherever there was gender bias. 'Wherever we find there is gender bias, it will be done away with,' he said."