It is shocking to note the double standard of the government of India over women empowerment in the country. A nation where women empowerment is highly debated, it is disturbing to note that common men are continuously fooled to believe different things by the government in different legislations.
While the much-debated and widely protested marriage law amendment bill 2010 proposes giving share in husband’s property to wife but not vice versa, citing that only 2% women in the world holds any property and hence it is important to give wife the legitimate share in her husband’s property so that women in India get good rehabilitation after divorce and acquire property. A clause that China has taken away in 2011, Indian govt. is set to introduce in 2013 by falsehood.
What is shocking to observe is GOI’s double standard in terms of showing Hindu women’s capability to earn property.
In a bill introduced and passed in Lok Sabha (lower house) earlier this year, this govt. has shown Hindu women as capable and earning a lot of property through their own ability. As the amendment to the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 suggest (Bill No 17 of 2013), and I quote –
“The proposed amendment has been necessitated in view of the vast changes in the social milieu over the past few years. Over the years, women have taken a stride in all spheres of life. The consequence is that women are acquiring property earned by their own skill. These situations do not seem to have been in the contemplation of legislators when the Act was initially enacted.”
This bill further makes provision to make the legal heir of a woman in case of her death (and her husband and children being absent) in the following manner –
(i) firstly, upon the mother and the father of the female;
(ii) secondly, upon the heirs of the father of the female;
(iii) thirdly, upon the heirs of the mother of the female; and
(iv) lastly, upon the heirs of the husband of the female.”.
So this amendment clearly denies any right to the property of a woman to her in-laws after her death.
So when the government has introduced this bill earlier in 2013, they have projected Hindu women as capable of earning and acquiring the property. However, in the proposed marriage law amendment (passed in RS in August 2013) the same government has projected the wife as incapable of acquiring property on her own and hence given her right to husband’s property without fixing contribution of a wife. The marriage law amendment bill not being gender-neutral (i.e. the wife’s property not being given to the husband) will ensure that marriage becomes a property transfer institution where the property of a man is transferred to a woman.
Also the amendment to Hindu Succession ACT, 1956 passed earlier this year shows that a husband’s family has no contribution in wife’s acquiring property. This is one way of directly attacking the Hindu family system and forcing the man and the family to stop contributing to the economy and forcing the women to acquire property through hard work instead. This in a way will change the entire social structure and force women to work harder and de-motivate all men to contribute to the economy.
Indian economy is bleeding today. In this scenario, if Indian men stop contributing to the economy that will prove to be a disaster for all of us. Women will be forced to work harder while men take rest as for them there is no motivation to work and contribute to the economy.