Indian state strengthens property rights for slum-dwelling women
- Women living in slums in the state of Maharashtra will now hold ownership rights equal to men thanks to a new land title plan.
- The plan comes as the government seeks to regularize slums in the state, giving families land titles with joint ownership between marital partners.
- Though the development has been lauded, advocates warn that women continue to struggle to exercise equal rights once gained, with lack of education and intimidation perpetuating gender-based legal inequalities.
“India’s Maharashtra state to give women slum dwellers joint ownership rights” (The Thomson Reuters Foundation)
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