With an objective to provide social security to women, the Uttar Pradesh State Women Commission (SWC) has proposed an amendment to the revenue laws, according to which every married woman is entitled to rights over half of the agricultural property owned by her husband.
The commission has also proposed that all unmarried, differently-abled, orphan, widow, separated and divorced women be given the status of ‘separate family’ and be treated as landless farmers and be given at least two acre land by the state government for sustainability.
The proposals were sent on May 11 to the reforms committee constituted by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav under the Uttar Pradesh Revenue Code 2006 and headed by Additional Advocate General (AAG) Raj Bahadur Singh Yadav for suggesting reforms in land laws of the state.
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“CM Akhilesh Yadav had constituted this committee in April this year and we were aware about reforms in land laws. It is the right moment when our proposals can be considered,” Shweta Singh, a SWC member told The Indian Express.
The commission has suggested that revenue laws should be amended so that girls’ right on agricultural land before marriage should stay even after marriage. And after marriage, they should get rights over half of their husband’s property. “Two acre of land which is under the control of forest and other government departments and is of no use can be identified and allotted to women who are physically disabled, orphan, widow, separated and divorcee,” Shweta said.
She said these amendments would provide social security to women who are often harassed in their families. “We receive several complaints of harassment where women are at the receiving end. During our visits across the districts, innumerable tales of harassment of women who are disowned and left in lurch come to light. If women have rights in their husband’s property, she can also take a stand,” she said.
AAG Raj Bahadur Singh confirmed that SWC proposals have been received and are being examined. “Earlier, the committee was to submit its report on reforms on May 12, but its term has been extended by three months and we will soon submit our recommendations. The proposal sent by SWC is also being examined,” Singh said.
Akhilesh had earlier announced that revenue laws will be simplified and benefits will be extended to landless, marginal farmers and women.