Robert Chambers in his work (1998) described ‘poverty proper’ as lack of adequate income or assets to generate income. For majority of Indian women, owning valuable economic assets is a challenge that is massive and difficult to overcome. The ownership of assets, such as land, is critical for the social and economic empowerment of women.
This article provides evidence as to how land ownership can empower women and protect them from marital/domestic violence. Moreover, it asserts that there are a number of steps that need to be taken in order to strengthen property ownership rights for Indian women and break the stereotypes that have prevented them from acquiring economic assets for a long time.
The article was first published in The Wire and can be accessed here.