The Government of Bangladesh on 3 June 2013 approved the draft law meant for the development of Hindu religious properties as well as for protection of these properties from land grab and encroachment. The Cabinet gave its final approval to the draft law.
The Government of Bangladesh decided to prepare a list of the Hindu charitable endowments also known as Devottar property. A management board will also be constituted once this law will be passed by the Parliament of Bangladesh.
A Hindu law expert Advocate Rana Dashgupta explained that since the British era, there is a law meant for protection as well as management of the Muslim Wakf sites. But no such laws have been designed for the Hindu sites. Over the past 10 years, thousands of land pieces of Hindu religious properties were encroached. Therefore, there have been increasing demands of the Hindus for curtailing the incidents of grabbing or encroachment of Devottar property.
The draft law has provisions for making sure that the proper management and development of these Devottar properties is done. It also has the provisions for making transfer of the property illegal in case that property has been donated to Hindu Ashrams, monasteries or temples. The draft law additionally has provisions for punishment for the irregularities in management of these properties. Punishments will include jail and heavy fines in case someone is found misleading the board with wrongful information of these properties.
Cabinet Secretary Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan explained that in order to regulate the management and development of these properties, a central board would also be constituted.
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