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DAUGHTERS HAVE EQUAL RIGHT TO INHERIT PROPERTY, SAYS SC

DAUGHTERS HAVE EQUAL RIGHT TO INHERIT PROPERTY, SAYS SC

Context:

On 11th August, The Supreme Court held that daughters have equal birthright to inherit joint Hindu family property.

Key Points:

  • It came into thought when the court decided to amend the Hindu Succession Act. As per this Act, it gives daughters equal rights to ancestral property.
  • A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, S Abdul Nazeer and MR Shah authored the judgement, where it specifies that whether the father is alive or not, daughters born before September 9, 2005, too can claim equal right in inheritance.
  • It also mentions that daughters cannot be deprived of their right to equality conferred by Section 6 of the Act.
  • Section 6 of the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 grants the status of ‘coparcener’ to a daughter who is born before or after the amendment in a similar manner as a son.

Note:

  • Coparcener is referred to as a person who has a birthright to parental property.

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