SC gives equal inheritance right to daughters
Daughters to inherit property of father even after getting married
In a major judgment, the Supreme Court has provided equal rights to Hindu daughters in their father’s property even after marriage irrespective of the fact whether the father is alive or not.
A SC bench of three judges led by Justice Arun Mishra on Tuesday stated that a daughter is always a loving daughter throughout the life while a son is a son only till he gets married, the Hindu reports.
The SC bench agreed to a statement made by senior advocate Abhijit Bhattacharya that the substituted section 6 of the Hindu Succession Act 1956 provides the status of a coparcener to any Hindu daughter born after or before the act was amended. This means that every Hindu daughter will have equal rights on her father’s property as the son.
The judgment further made it clear that any partition made by word of mouth without any documentation will not be granted as an authorized property division.
However, the bench held, “in exceptional cases where the plea of oral partition is supported by public documents and partition is finally evinced in the same manner as if it had been affected by a decree of a court, it may be accepted”.