Just some questions to help me write a post on this....
1. Do you think Equal Property Rights can empower women?
Answer - Yes? No, Not required, women can be better empowered with education?
2. Is it not against our culture for a sister to demand or accept a share from her brother's rightful inheritance (even though the law allows her a share in her grand parents' property - a daughter can be disinherited by her parents from their self acquired property, through a Will. It is also common to get girls to sign their share away.)
Answer Yes, because they have streedhan and dowry? And they also get a share of their husband's property.
3. She tied a rakhi on his wrist and he will be there if she needs him. Does she really need a legal right to a roof over her head? (Domestic Violence Act has made ' a roof over her head' compulsory, for married and unmarried women). And then she has her husband and sons also.
4. Chaudhary Charan Singh (... not sure, I think it was him only) was concerned that if sisters are given equal property right,than they will quarrel for property with their brothers. He felt it was unnecessary to create a rift between siblings for a few acres of land. He obviously only valued the closeness of the Ambani brothers, Bachchan brothers, and now the Gandhi brothers.
Answer: So is it better that brothers share property rights, and daughters get a part of their husband's property?
5. Should they be expected to care for their parents if they take their share in property.
What do you think?
Edited to add: I feel, Empowerment through equal property rights is more about ATTITUDE less about the size of inheritance. It is good for any child’s self esteem to know that if her parents’ had one rupee then she and her brother will get fifty paise each. Even a brother will find it easier to respect a sister who is equally strong and capable, compared to a sister who is always second to him and dependent on him for her protection.
Unfortunately even today, many Indian parents are convinced that every penny given to a daughter is taken from her brother’s rightful share, hence you have parents helping even a needy daughter without letting the son know. And the son’s outrageous indignation is difficult to understand until you realise how he has grown up hearing that everything they have his rightfully his.
Legally all the children have equal right to their parents’ property, but the parents can disinherit a child from the property they have earned himself. Property that has been inherited from grandparents belongs equally to all the grandchildren, including a daughter’s children.
At the same time, according to the law, parents are entitled to receiving care from all the children, sons and daughters. A son in law who does not allow his wife to care for her parents, (while he considers it her duty to care for his parents) is obviously wrong, because she is legally bound to care for them, just like it is his duty to take care of his own parents.
How are caring and inheritance related? Unfortunately money does matter more than it is supposed to, so it is better for old parents, to have - if nothing else at least the power of financial independence and legal protection.