Uttarakhand becomes the first state in India to grant women co-ownership rights of their husband’s ancestral property, a landmark amendment that paves the way for women’s rights across the country.
“This is the biggest reform of our government, I am confident that this reform will not be limited to Uttarakhand, and other states will also follow it,” says chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. “We talk of equal partnership and this ordinance provides equal partnership to women. This will have a major impact and will go a long way in the overall development of the state.”
This decision comes also as a fair settlement since women perform most of the agricultural tasks while men migrate to big cities in search of work. Now, women can make decisions and apply for loans as co-owners of the land on which they dedicate time and effort.