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DC Narowal releases data about women’s land ownership

ISLAMABAD: Following the Punjab Information Commission’s intervention, the Deputy Commissioner Office of Narowal has released detailed data about the number of women who owned land in the district Narowal.

According to the statistics shared by the DC Narowal Office, more than 149 thousand females own land in three different tehsils of district Narowal, which makes 20.44 percent of the total land owned by the people.

In tehsil Narowal, there are 285 thousand land owners out of which 57573 i.e. 20.17 percent of the total land owners are women. Similarly, in tehsil Zafarwal, the total number of landowners is 213579, of which 63262 i.e. 29.61 percent of the total land owners are women.

The ratio of women land owners in Shakargarh tehsil is very low as compared to the other tehsils, where only 28777 out of 232745 women own land.

The document available with The Reporters further states that in rural areas mostly women get land in inheritance and there is no trend of women for purchasing land.

It is pertinent to mention that afore stated information is made public after the Punjab Information Commission took suo-moto notice of DC Narowal’s tweet refusing the disclosure of this information stating that many NGOs which remained involved in terrorism-related activities used such tactics to get personal information of people.

DC Narowal’s behaviour was criticized by the human rights activist on social media and later the Chief Information Commissioner of Punjab Information Commission took suo-moto notice of the issue and directed the DC Narowal’s office to share the required information with the citizen who requested the information.

Saddia Mazhar

Saddia Mazhar, an accomplished Investigative Journalist hailing from District Sahiwal, Punjab, possesses a fervor for unveiling impactful narratives. With a demonstrated history of hosting radio shows, web TV programs, contributing to esteemed publications, and steering digital media platforms, she stands as a notable figure in the field. Connect with her on Twitter @SaddiaMazhar. She can be contacted at thesaddia@gmail.com
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