Uttar Pradesh proposes equal inheritance rights for girls

August 13th, 2008 - 7:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Aug 13 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government has proposed amending the law to enable girls get equal rights of inheritance in their parents’ agriculture land, an official said Wednesday. The government Tuesday proposed amendment in the UP Zamindari Abolition and Land Reform (ZALR) Act 1950 to give girls equal rights in their parents’ agriculture land.

The act would be amended during the monsoon session of the state assembly, starting August 18.

Women social activists have hailed the government’s decision and said the move was long overdue.

“In a way, the move is revolutionary. It is really heartening that now the daughters will get equal rights in landed properties of their father,” Roop Rekha Verma, former Lucknow University vice-chancellor and a social activist, told IANS.

Another social activist Shalini Mathur said: “Women have always been neglected in areas of ’satta’ (power), ’shiksha’ (education) and ’sampatti’ (property).”

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