The Social Sciences

Year: 2013
Volume: 8
Issue: 2
Page No. 160 - 165

Women’s Property Rights in Bangladesh: What is Practically Happening in South Asian Rural Communities

Authors : A.H.M. Zehadul Karim

Abstract: From religious and normative point of view, women in rural Bangladesh may legally claim their inheritance of the paternal property through a hereditary rule of succession which is also prescribed by the Islamic religion. Among the rural communities in Bangladesh, land and any other properties can be inherited legally and conventionally by both boys and girls but usually, this line of inheritance for the girls does only prevail among those who live there permanently with their parents even after marriage. Ideally, a woman within the family appears to have nearly an equal right to property having legal claiming of half of the share of property of a man which is a common practice representing the religious scripture. But women’s customary rights of property ownership, often cease to continue as soon as they leave their parents’ house to move out with their husbands, after marriage at distant places. In legal context though, the scriptural and normative rules partially recognize their claim to paternal property but in actuality, the women eventually dispossess them because of the prevalence of a stereotyped community ideology.

How to cite this article:

A.H.M. Zehadul Karim , 2013. Women’s Property Rights in Bangladesh: What is Practically Happening in South Asian Rural Communities. The Social Sciences, 8: 160-165.

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