Daughters have equal right to inherit property: SC
Why is it in news?
- The Supreme Court held that daughters have an equal birthright with sons to inherit joint Hindu family property.
Supreme Court Judgment:
- Hindu woman’s right to be a joint heir to the ancestral property is by birth and does not depend on whether her father was alive or not when the law was enacted in 2005.
- The Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005 gave Hindu women the right to be coparceners or joint legal heirs in the same way a male heir does.
The Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005:
- It governs succession and inheritance of property.
- The law applied to everyone who is not a Muslim, Christian, Parsi or Jew by religion.
- Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains and followers of Arya Samaj, Brahmo Samaj are also considered Hindus for the purposes of this law.