Tuesday, October 04, 2005

In India, No Room at the Inn

Homeless? Who cares? That's the attitude of Delhi's high court in rebuffing squatters attempts to avoid the bulldozers, The Times of India reports. The squatters had argued that it was unconscionable and illegal that bulldozers arrived with no notice. But the court ruled that demolitions with no warning were the right thing, and that property rights should trump human rights: "Show us any document which gives you the right to live on that piece of land. Are you a tenant? The question is, what is your entitlement to occupy that land?" [fact check item: though I don't know the specifics of this case, I do know that most squatters in India do pay some form of ground rent to the government. So they are, in a way, tenants.]

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