Editor note: In this opinion, Aanu Adegun claims that the people supporting tradition which stipulates that female children are not entitled to inherit their parents' property are selfish, archaic and myopic.
Thanks to the Supreme Court, the culture in which female children are not allowed to inherit their parents' property has met its end. Now, women can legitimately demand what is rightfully theirs in their parents' house.
However, following the Supreme Court's decision, many young people on social media lambasted the apex court for pronouncing such ruling, insisting that female children 'cannot come from their husband's house to come and inherit property in their father's house'. This is really absurd and saddening giving the fact that it is coming from mostly young people.
Let us face it, what is wrong is wrong. It has no two ways about it. Not allowing female children to inherit belongs to the past and must remain in the dustbin of the past. In this period, it is pure evil and it is not different from the attitude of people who refused to educate their girl child.
Personally, I consider the people against the Supreme Court ruling as being:
1. Selfish and heartless
If you are not selfish or heartless, you will not want to disenfranchise your siblings (you grew up with them, eat from the same pot) who are females from inheriting your parents' property like you because you were lucky to be born male. Children are children - female or male. And they must be accorded the same respect. Being a male has no special privilege. After all, many people believe that female children even care more for their parents than males. The fact is, it is only selfishness that will make you hide behind a tradition to cheat your siblings.
Simply put, the tradition or custom (whatever you want to call it) of female children not allowed to inherit from their parents is old fashioned and should not be accommodated in a saner society like ours.
If you are supporting the tradition that stops female children from their inheritance and in the past, you have spoken against people maltreating women, people who refused to send their children to schools on the account of them being females, then you are just a hypocrite. Because, all are part of violence, discrimination against women.
Another thing is that those supporting the customs that females should not inherit property or the other are myopic in their thinking. First, are female children not part of her father's household, part of the community, local government, and state even though they are married to another person from another place?
Aside from this, when a man inherits a property from his father, is the man's wife not part of the owners of the new property? Is the wife not a female? So why would you stop your own sister from inheriting when another woman will be the one enjoying the property? Or do you want to say that wives will not enjoy from a property inherited by her husband?
5. Retrogressive and Repressive
The tradition that females cannot inherit property from their parents is a retrogressive one. It belongs to the past and practising it in the current period should be a shameful thing. Those practising it are intellectually advanced, so why practice something that clearly violates the rights of the female child?
Apart from this, the tradition is repressive in nature. It oppresses females on the account of their gender.
Please get me right, I am not writing against people for the practice of the tradition in the past, what I am saying is that, the practice has become obsolete and should not be part of the new society of today. Female children are now presidents, prime ministers, ministers, chief executive officers, military leaders, business owners and many more, so it is necessary that those people insulting the Supreme Court have a rethink and look at the bigger picture of an evolving society where females are not just objects that cannot be accorded equal rights with their male brothers.
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