Pakistan: Regional Assembly Grants Women Right To Own Property
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 1:10 PM

On 05 January 2012, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regional assembly passed a bill outlawing parents from refusing to extend property rights to female family members. The new law mirrors Islamic Shari’a law, which states that a daughter should receive one half the amount of property as her brother from their parents. The bill grants courts only six months to decide these cases. Within one month from the decision, court police will ensure that the woman receives her property from the family. The punishment for failing to obey this law and all court orders is 5 years in jail and a 50,000 rupee fine.

Compiled from: Pakistani Region Gives Women Legal Right to Property, Radio Free Europe: Radio Liberty (10 January 2012).