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These Laws Would Never Let Indian Women Be Equal To Men!

The real problem with the Indian society is not that they don’t want to change but its that they don’t know where to put the real effort! Instead of focusing on the issue of increasing rapes they focus on ‘What the girl’s clothes were!’, Instead of paying attention to the increasing unemployment they worry about what the politicians have to say! Instead of actually working on the problems they worry about how problems are to be divided into sections!! (Sigh!!) It is an actual irony that the land which teaches the world about meditation is itself disturbed about concentrating on the right issues!! The condition of women, after so many efforts, is still questionable in many parts of the country and certain laws instead of bringing equality are chaining women down.

1. The Hindu laws of inheritance

When a Hindu woman dies without having a spouse or children living at the time of her death, her property devolves to her husband’s heir. Thus, even if the deceased woman was ill-treated in her marital home, her husband’s mother or father will get her property instead of her own mother or father. The Hindu law of inheritance, which though has brought several amendments to bring the law in line with gender equality, still has many provisions that treat men and women differently.

2. Bigamy is not punishable in Goa.

According to a law in Goa, a ‘Gentile Hindu’ man is allowed to remarry if his first wife does not have a child before the age of 25 or a ‘male child’ before the age of 30. Was allowing bigamy not enough that now it is based on the women giving birth to a male child! (WTF People!!)

3. Child Marriage is not yet illegal.

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The marriage of a person who is below 18 years of age is not illegal but its prohibited, it may be declared void by the wife until she turns 20 and by the man until he turns 23, and what is expected after that? It seems like dodging the marriage till you turn 20 because this society doesn’t really get the concept of individuality!!

4. Different punishment for raping Ex-Wife!

What now you justify this heinous crime based on who it is done with? Like Seriously? The Indian Penal Code, 1860, provides for a lesser punishment in case of rape of a separated wife as compared to the rape of any other woman. The punishment of forced sexual intercourse with a separated wife ranges from two-seven years of imprisonment, however, in the latter case, minimum punishment is seven years which can extend up to imprisonment for life or even death penalty.

5. No right in the marital property after divorce.

Upon separation or divorce, an Indian woman is entitled only to claim maintenance from her husband. She has no right to the assets, such as the matrimonial home or commercial property, bought in her husband’s name during the marriage. (You Know What! Chuck Your Money In Your Face!!)

6. Muslim law also treats men and women differently.

Under Muslim Law, it is legally permissible for a man to have as many as five wives at a time. Muslim women, on the other hand, are given very few rights. Muslim men can divorce their wives at any time, however, the women can give divorce only when their husband delegate them this right- by Khula or Mubarat.

7. Mother comes second to father in case of guardianship of a minor child.

(Yeah! Just like she comes second to give birth to the child!) According to the Minority and Guardianship Act, a father is considered to be the natural guardian of a minor child and only after the father’s death, does the mother become entitled to act as the natural guardian.

8. Parsi women lose all rights when married outside religion.

When it comes to biases, it’s not just the Hindu or Muslim law, but the personal law of all the religions are discriminatory in nature. Under the personal law, Parsi daughters who marry a non-Parsi loses all the property rights under Parsi religion. They also lose the right to practice the religion and the children born out of such marriage are not considered as a part of the community. (My real question is, WHY ONLY WOMEN?)

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