Daughters to inherit father’s property if no will: India SC
Published: 03:58 PM, 21 January 2022
The Supreme Court of India; File Photo
The Supreme Court of India has given a landmark judgment under the Hindu Succession Act. From now on, the daughter will inherit the entire property of the sonless father, even after marriage. The country’s Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Hindu girls would be entitled to self-acquired and other property of the father who died without a will.
Not only this, from now on, girls will get priority over other collateral members of the family. India’s Supreme Court has ruled on an appeal filed against the Madras High Court’s ruling on the property rights of Hindu women and widows under the Hindu Succession Act.
A bench of justices S Abdul Nazeer and Krishna Murari handed over the verdict. They said “after the death of a Hindu person, especially one who dies without a will, his property, whether self-acquired or divided by family property, will be distributed among the rightful heirs”.
The bench further said the Hindu woman would inherit the property of her father in priority of her other relatives.
The bench wrote a 51-page judgment in this regard. Justice Murari also dealt with the question of whether such property would be passed on to the daughter after her father’s death, who died without a will and who has no other legal heirs.
This verdict is given after considering everything. From now on, after the death of the Hindu father, his daughter has full rights over his property.