Transgender people to gain inheritance rights in Bangladesh says country’s Law Minister

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11/15/2020

Transgender people will soon be able to inherit property from their families, Bangladesh’s law minister said Sunday, the latest effort to give the minority group more rights in the conservative Muslim-majority nation. While the country of 168 million people is officially secular, property legislation still follows religious laws, with transgender people mostly barred from inheriting estates when parents die. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told a cabinet meeting this week that new inheritance laws for the group, known as hijra — an umbrella term referring to someone who is born male but does not refer to themselves as a man or woman — were being drafted.

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