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HC notice to Centre on plea against Muslim personal law on inheritance

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The High on Tuesday asked the Central to file its response on plea alleging discriminatory practice in the Muslim personal on inheritance and sought equal rights for Muslim women.

The asked the Ministry of and Justice to respond on the issue and posted the case on April 9 next year.

The Centre told the that the ALaw Commission has been examining the issue of Uniform Civil Code.

Seeking to amend the Muslim personal on inheritance, the plea filed by NGO Sahara Kalyan Samiti said that the fundamentally discriminates against women.

The plea claimed that Muslim women were discriminated on issues relating to sharing of property in comparison to their male counterparts.

Under the Muslim personal law, the male heirs, or sons, get twice the share of the daughters. This is in violation of the fundamental right to equality of women as enshrined under Articles 14, 19, 21 and other relevant provisions of the Constitution, it added.

It claimed that as per the Muslim personal a wife shall receive an eighth of the property of her husband on his death if they have children. In case there are no children borne out of marriage, she is entitled to a fourth of the property. A daughter shall receive half of the share of a son.

It further said that in stark contrast, the men shall receive a fourth of the property of his wife on her death if they have children. In case there are no children out of the marriage, he is entitled to half the property. A son shall receive double the share of the daughter.

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First Published: Tue, December 05 2017. 21:44 IST
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