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4 - Women’s Right to Property and Property Rights in India: Social reality and challenges

Friday, July 6
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Marigold, New Building

Economic power is one of the fundamental requirements for Women Empowerment. Along with education, assets, property in any form is one of the main constituents of economic empowerment. Are Indian women empowered? With this question, this paper tries to analyze women’s right to property during colonial and post-colonial times. Historically like other countries, property rights of Indian women too evolved through a long struggle. And similarly much like the property rights of women elsewhere, property rights of Indian women too are unequal and unfair: while they have come a long way ahead in the last century, Indian women still continue to get less right in property than the men, both in terms of quality and quantity. With this reality, this paper would try to analyze that why still the gender-based discrimination in the accessibility and ownership of productive resources including land considered to be rooted in the social structures. What is the socio-cultural understanding related to Women’s control and right to have a landed property? Why is it that in practice few women own land and even fewer effectively control it? Further, the study would like to assess and examine different statutes, laws/legislation and customary practices relating to landownership by women. Therefore this study is an attempt to highlight interconnecting linkages of socio-legal forces leading to the property rights of Indian women as they stand today, and the challenges ahead.

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