Clarifying the Rights of Daughters as Coparceners

Alok Prasanna writes on the SC's judgement in Vineeta Sharma which has clarified and restored the scope of Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005


By clearing the confusion over the interpretation of the Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005, the Supreme Court in Vineeta Sharma v Rakesh Sharma (2020) has secured for Hindu women the right to be coparceners in joint family property with retrospective effect from 1956. The three-judge bench has restored the progressive intent to the 2005 amendment, but has based it on a conservative interpretation that reinforces the basic concepts of the Hindu joint family and coparcenary ownership of property

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