The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) on Sunday welcomed the high court’s decision allowing the tribal women to inherit property in accordance with the Hindu Succession Act, 1956.
The party termed the decision as historic and said it will end discrimination in the tribal districts of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti.
HPCC legal department general secretary Mahima Negi Chauhan said the tribal women were raising the issue of property rights and the same issue was also raised in Mahila Convention, which was organised by the HPCC.
“Since I also belong to a tribal area of Kinnaur, I personally know the plight of single women and widows and it was the reason that I had raised this issue during the convention held on May 21in Shimla,” added Chauhan.
She said the tribal women were facing social injustice and exploitation due to the denial of property rights and the decision would now help them to lead their lives respectively in the society.
She added that high court’s decision would pave for greater equality among the tribal folks and now the widows and single women would not have to live at mercy of their families.
Mix response from male society of tribal district Lahaul-Spiti
The high court decision has drawn a mix response from male society of Lahaul and Spiti, which are apprehensive that it would prove a boon for outsiders and may also trigger land disputes in the near future.
One of the native of the district Sanjeev Kumar said, he hails the judgment but it may have a deep impact on the tribal society as with the implementation of Hindu Succession Act, 1956, women of Lahaul Spiti would marry an outsider, which may trigger boom of outsider in the district.
Earlier, under the customary law, women in the tribal areas were deprived to inherit property, but with the implementation of the Hindu Succession Act, 1956, now tribal women would be entitled to inherit ancestral property across the state.
Gyalchhan, Shamsher Singh, and many other residents of Lahaul and Spiti expressed their concern over the verdict.
They said it may diminish the traditional identity of this district, which had its own custom s followed by people from ancient times.