The Supreme Court ruling of August 11 stating that daughters have equal coparcenary rights in a Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) property even if the father died before the Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005, came into force is a long-awaited, progressive step. The ruling settles the ambiguity surrounding the exact nature and extent of a daughter’s rights to inherit property, and interpretations of the amended section 6 of the Hindu Succession Act, 1956.
Such thoughtful policy design, judicial activism and political will is needed to address gender concerns in India, where women are still struggling for equal opportunity. Please browse through the latest Tatsat Communique to know about more such concerns.
Sumi Gupta, Director, Tatsat Foundation