HINDU SUCCESSION ACT, [Act No. 30 of Year , dated 17th. June, ]. An Act to amend and codify the law relating to intestate succession among . CHAPTER II. INTESTATE SUCCESSION. General. 5. Act not to apply to certain properties. 6. Devolution of interest in coparcenary property. 7. Devolution of. Full text containing the act, Hindu Succession Act, , with all the sections, schedules, short title, enactment date, and footnotes.

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THE HINDU SUCCESSION ACT, (Act No. 30 of ). [17th June, ]. An Act to amend and codify the law relating to intestate. Short title and commencement.-(1) This Act may be called the Hindu. Succession (Amendment) Act, (2) It shall come into force on such date as the Central. HINDU SUCCESSION ACT, [ 30 of , dt. ]. An Act to amend and codify the law relating to intestate succession among Hindus. Be it enacted.

Anju Tyagi Submitted by: Siddharth Priyadarshi Sharma Roll No.: The Law Pre An Analysis of the Recommendations of the th report……………. Consequences of the th Law Commission Report ………………… Sarat Chandra Pattnaik and Another Sugalabai v. Gundappa A. Ever since the early ages, women were not given equal rights in the property of the joint family. This was most often seen in Hindu Joint Families.

Under this school, the women hardly ever received a major portion of the property.

In fact, most of their property rights were severely curtailed. However, it was not until the Amendment that daughters were allowed equal receipt of property as with sons.

Finally, they were granted the status of coparceners, an entitlement which had been so far reserved only for the male progeny of a family. The purpose of the project is to critically analyse the said th law commission report. Research Questions — 1.

Whether the recommendations of the Commission played a major part in the changes brought about under the Hindu Succession Amendment Act, ?

Whether the th report of the Law Commission missed any other relevant provisions regarding the property rights of women? Research Methodology The researcher has followed the doctrinal method of research. The primary source of the information is the th law commission report.

Apart from that, scholarly articles and books have been referred to. The researcher has also referred to the existing legislation and case law to find out the present position of law. The Law Pre — The first chapter of the project will deal with the position of the law as it was before the amendment act, i. The purpose is to paint a picture of the law as it was so that it may be better contrasted with the law as it is now after the report and the amendment.

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An Analysis of the Recommendations of the th report — The second chapter will go through the relevant recommendations presented by the law commission in the th report.

The report in itself is extremely long and comprehensive and therefore the researcher shall limit himself to certain relevant recommendations only. Consequences of the th Law Commission Report — The third chapter shall deal with the fallout of the report. Apart from that it shall also deal with the relevant case law in this matter.

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The conclusion will then present the answers to the research questions and will sum up the research project. It will also incorporate certain suggestions regarding further changes in the law which may be made to make it more equal and fair for all.

These laws usually did not recognise the property rights of the women. However, in , the Hindu laws were finally codified by the legislature. The Hindu Succession Act was enacted to amend and codify the law relating to intestate or unwilled succession, among Hindus.

The Act laid down a uniform and comprehensive system of inheritance and applied to persons governed by both the Mitakshara and Dayabhaga schools. It was hailed for its consolidation of Hindu laws on succession into one Act.

The Hindu woman's limited estate was abolished by the Act. Any property possessed by a Hindu female was to be held by her absolute property and she was given full power to deal with it and dispose it off by will as she likes. However, the act did not grant full property rights to women.

Provided that, if the deceased had left him surviving a female relative specified in Class I of the Schedule or a male relative specified in that class who claims through such female relative, the interest of the deceased in the Mitakshara Coparcenary property shall devolve by testamentary or intestate succession, as the case may be, under this Act and not by survivorship.

It seems that this discrimination is so deep and systematic that it has placed women at the receiving end. On the surface of it, it may seem that women do get equal right in a majority of things, especially since their rights are no longer restricted to limited estate but in fact they now had full power to own and dispose off their property.

However, their restriction from coparcenary property was still a bone of contention for many. The provisions regarding succession in the Hindu Code Bill, as originally framed by the B.

Rau Committee and piloted by Dr. Ambedkar, was for abolishing the Mitakshara coparcenary with its concept of survivorship and the son's right by birth in a joint family property and substituting it with the principle of inheritance by succession. As per section 23 of the Act married daughter is denied the right to residence in the parental home unless widowed, deserted or separated from her husband and female heir has been disentitled to ask for partition in respect of dwelling house wholly occupied by members of joint family until the male heirs choose to divide their respective shares therein.

It is in this backdrop that the th Law Commission Report came out with its recommendations. There will be a special focus on section 6 and section 23 of the act in this project as those were the two sections which underwent the most drastic and radical change after the amendment alongwith being the sections which most affected the property rights of women in a Hindu Joint Family.

Property Rights of Women: Proposed Reforms Under the Hindu Law, Coparcenary as seen and discussed earlier in the present work is a narrower body of persons within a joint family and consists of father, son, son's son and son's son's son. A coparcenary can also be of a grandfather and a grandson, or of brothers, or an uncle and nephew and so on.

Thus ancestral property continues to be governed by a wholly partrilineal regime, wherein property descends only through the male line The patrilineal assumptions of a dominant male ideology are clearly reflected in the laws governing a Hindu female who dies intestate.

The law in her case in markedly different from those governing Hindu males.

Hindu Succession Act before & after 2005 Amendment: Brief analysis of judgments

The property is to devolve first to her children and husband: This right was restricted only to those daughters who were widowed, deserted or separated from their husbands. This section further denied any other daughter from asking for her share in the house if it was occupied by males.

Why is it that this right of primacy of family is considered only in the case of a female member of the family? Any Hindu may dispose of by will or other testamentary disposition any property capable of disposition including his undivided interest in a Mitakshara coparcenary property as per the explanation in accordance with the provisions of the Indian Succession Act, This is ironical as this included the testamentary right of his daughter by succession.

Hindu Succession Act, 1956

It can also defeat a widow's right. The report also discusses the idea of females being coparceners. In particular, it discusses the state amendments brought about in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. However, the report questions the practicality of the move by naming the major problem — a female coparcener remains a member of the natal family while also being a part of the marital family.

In furtherance of this view, the report further suggests that section 23 of the act should be deleted altogether so as to make the rights of the daughter as a coparcener real in spirit and content.

It has no effect during the lifetime of the testator. Every person of sound mind, and not a minor, can make a Will. If a person is of unsound mind at the time of making a Will, the Will is not enforceable. A Will, obtained by force, coercion or undue influence , is a void Will as it takes away the free agency of the person.

A Will, made under influence of intoxication or in such a state of body or mind, sufficient to take away free agency of the testator, is void.

A Will can be made at any time in the life of a person. There is no restriction on how many times a Will can be made by a testator. However, only the last Will made before his death is enforceable. A Will has to be executed by the testator, by signing or affixing his thumb impression on it. It should be attested by two or more witnesses, each of whom should have seen the testator signing the Will.

If, at any time, the testator wishes to withdraw the Will, he can do so. A Will also can be sealed and kept in safe custody.

On the death of the testator, an executor of the Will or a heir of the deceased testator can apply for probate. The court will ask the other heirs of the deceased if they have any objections to the Will. If there are no objections, the court will grant probate. A probate is a copy of a Will, certified by the court, and is conclusive evidence that the Will is genuine.

Hindu Succession Act, 1956

The codicil can be executed in a similar way as the Will.Interest to devolve by survivorship on death. This search takes a complicated route. Section19 - Mode of succession of two or more heirs.

Section16 - Order of succession and manner of distribution among heirs of a female Hindu. The rules for the distribution of the intestate's property after deducting the widow's share, if he has left a widow amongst his lineal descendants are as follows. Where intestate has left widow and lineal descendants, or widow and kindred only, or widow and no kindred. A husband surviving his wife has the same rights in respect in respect of her property, if she dies intestate, as a widow has in respect of her husband's property, if he dies intestate.

Namespaces Article Talk. Section15 - General rules of succession in the case of female Hindus.

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