Conducting Anthropological Study on Property Disputes in Bangladesh

This research sought the differences in the management of inheritance property in two religious communities: minority Hindu and majority Muslim communities, and one small ethnic minority community (Santal). Also effort was made to understand the deeply rooted social and cultural practices on the topic of property inheritance and focus on the status of women and their participation in the management of property and the influence of patriarchal dominance on the property distribution at the backdrop of varied cultural and social settings. The goal of the research was to grasp the meaning of the inheritance laws and women’s rights prevalent among different religious and ethnic communities in rural Bangladesh, to find out how many women participate in the management of inheritance of property in the rural area, to investigate the similarity and dissimilarity of the rural women’s succession rights and the actual practices in realizing the claim of property and to find out the causes of discrimination, to evaluate the opinion, and the attitude of the women participant in the management of inheritance property, to determine the influence of patriarchal society on the property rights and its local practices and to evaluate the services of the existing organizations (Government and NGOs) in realizing women’s property rights. The research followed a qualitative methodology and four out of six districts- Rangpur, Dinajpur, Gaibandha, Rajshahi, Naogaon and Natore have been chosen for field research, where the ‘Property Rights Initiative’ program of BRAC has been piloted.

Contact Person: Sadrul Hasan Mazumder

 

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