Despite Repeal, Discriminary Law Continues to Deprive Hindus of Land Rights

June 12, 2004

Source: Yahoo! News/OneWorld orld/20040614/wl_oneworld/4591881011087210494

On June 12, 2004 OneWorld reported, "A discriminatory law enacted decades ago in Muslim majority Bangladesh continues to deprive hundreds of thousands of minority Hindus of land rights, despite being repealed in 2001. Before Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan in 1971, West Pakistani military rulers had enacted the Enemy Property Act, 1965, to drive Hindus out to neighboring India after grabbing their lands. Since then, encroachers have misused the law with the help of corrupt state authorities to grab property by identifying Hindus as 'enemies of the state'...To amend the situation, the former Awami League government had enacted the Vested Property Repeal Act in 2001. But it was never implemented because of objections from politically influential encroachers and legal complications."