THE TIMES OF INDIA: Can we unify inheritance law?

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Release date: 19/9/2017

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Curiously, almost all discussions on a gender-equal civil code in India revolve around marriage, carefully sidestepping inheritance. Yet, it is inheritance (especially of land) that affects millions of Indian women who depend on agriculture for survival, or who seek protection from domestic violence. Inheritance of immovable property remains deeply gender unequal, especially in practice but also in law. Removing gendered anomalies within existing personal laws is quite feasible, and already in process. It is creating a uniform gender-equal inheritance law for all communities that presents a conundrum.

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TitleCan we unify inheritance law?
Media name/outletTimes of India
Media typeWeb
CountryIndia
Date19/09/17
DescriptionCuriously, almost all discussions on a gender-equal civil code in India revolve around marriage, carefully sidestepping inheritance. Yet, it is inheritance (especially of land) that affects millions of Indian women who depend on agriculture for survival, or who seek protection from domestic violence. Inheritance of immovable property remains deeply gender unequal, especially in practice but also in law. Removing gendered anomalies within existing personal laws is quite feasible, and already in process. It is creating a uniform gender-equal inheritance law for all communities that presents a conundrum.
URLtimesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/can-we-unify-inheritance-law/articleshow/60740547.cms
PersonsBina Agarwal