Justice Isa gives landmark decision on women's inheritance rights
He says the state must protect women’s rights itself despite wasting time and resources through courts.
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Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa Monday gave a landmark decision on 13 years old Razia Begum Case and asked the state to protect women’s inheritance rights, reported 24News HD TV.
The justice said in the verdict instead of wasting resources and time on justice through the courts, the state should protect women's inherited rights itself. He also asked the President of Pakistan and governors of all four provinces to fulfill their constitutional responsibility to present the Annual Principle of Policies in the parliament for the legislation.
Justice Faez said in the verdict it was unfortunate that despite repeated indications from the courts, no concrete steps had been taken regarding women's rights.
In the 9-page decision, Justice Faez stated that only women having some resources approached the courts for inheritance rights but the process of the cases was slow here. He said the present case of Ghulam Qasim verses Razia Begum was decided after 13 years of passing through at least four judicial forums.
The honourable judge also said that along with an issue of corruption in the revenue department, the system was also exploiting the weak itself. He said depriving women of their inherited property was in fact depriving them of economic self-autonomy and independence.
Reporter: Amanat Gishkori