The proposed amendment in the Enemy Property ActThe refugee families from undivided Punjab, undivided Bengal, Sindh and Baluchistan shudder hearing the name of this Act. Due to this infamous Act enacted by Pakistan and Bangladesh, refugee people who left Pakistan and Bangladesh and settled in India lost properties worth thousands of crores. In short, the Enemy Property Act states that the people who left Pakistan or Bangladesh after partition would be treated as enemy and their property would be confiscated by the Government (Pakistan/ Bangladesh). At the same time, the Act also provides that such people would not be able to transfer/sell their land to their relatives or friends. As a result, crores of people lost their land in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
In India also, there is Enemy Property Act. This Act was enacted in 1968. The Act is more or less similar to the Act of Pakistan and Bangladesh with only one major exception. Before leaving India, a person can sell/ transfer the land to any other person. As a result of this provision in Indian Act, Indian Government would not be able to confiscate lands of such persons who left India for Bangladesh or Pakistan, because before leaving the country, they would transfer their lands to their relatives or friends. But now, a major Amendment has been proposed in the Enemy Property Act 1968 by the present Indian Government. The Amendment declares transfer of enemy property as void. In addition the amendment prohibits civil courts from entertaining any dispute with regard to the enemy property.
As a result of this Amendment, Government of India would be able to confiscate the properties of those persons who leave India to settle in enemy countries. I whole-heartedly support this proposed Amendment.