Re: [mpisgmedia] Are women rights causing urban planning problems?

you are wandering. initially questioning Indian Express only because it
gives you over view of opinion and then on Kishwar for no rhyme and reason.
Try and absorb all what different people have to say and then make up your
mind- unless you have only a one track mind.HUB
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From: "sarbajit roy" <[email protected]>
To: "Master plan issues in media" <[email protected]>
Sent: Saturday, September 03, 2005 1:55 PM
Subject: [mpisgmedia] Are women rights causing urban planning problems?

Need help from people on this list. I have recently
started subscribing to a newspaper called Indian
Express (switched over from Pioneer when it turned
pro-establishment to get ads for their Alliance Air

Yesterday I was puzzled to read Express's OP-ED on
Hindu Succession Act 1956 Amendments. The link is here
(it doesnt quite match the print edition - they had
additional inputs from Indira Jaising and others also)
and also

The lead piece was by someone called Madhu Kishwar who
is described as a Reknowned Scholar. She is apparently
associated with some NGO called Manushi.

Dear List please help me:-

1) I fail to understand this Manushi person's
statements that "a) A daughter's rights under self
acquired property were negated through the instrument
of the will or wasiyat - a provision deliberately
brought in to enable fathers to disinherit daughters
and leave their wives at the mercy of sons. b) The use
of the will as an instrument of warfare against women
has striking parallels with the use of the sex
determination test to selectively target only female
foetuses for abortion. In most other parts of the
world, neither SDTs nor the will are used in this
vicious fashion against women. Just as we have banned
the sex determination test in India, so also we must
declare illegal such testamentary documents which
selectively disinherit women of the family."

Please help me out here,

A) Are wills illegal or such a neccesarily bad thing?
What could this Madhu Kishwar person mean by wills as
an "instrument of warfare"? What is the correlation
between SDTs and Wills. In the absence of Wills or
other testamentary ways of dividing one's self
acquired property during one's lifetime - would it not
result in anarchy and family strife after one's
demise. Would it not be better that all such religious
ACTs be scrapped and there should be a uniform indian
succession act such as ISA?

B) Is consolidation of property into larger lots (by
excluding women from physical shares in property or
compensating them otherwise or by way of dowry) better
than fragmenting property into small sub-divided plots
which get overbuilt and cause urban planning

I need these inputs as an academic excercise, since I
being a Brahmo religoinist (Samaji) am not covered
under this Hindu Succession Act anyway.


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