Proposed Changes to Hindu Succession Act Would Eliminate Gender Discrimination

January 10, 2005

Source: Economic Times

On January 10, 2005 the Economic Times reported, "The Hindu Succession Act is applicable to any person who is a Hindu. This includes the followers of the Brahmo, Prarthana and Arya Samaj. Further, it also includes Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs within its ambit. In case there are others who might not be covered under these categories then any other person who is not a Muslim, Christian, Parsi or Jew by religion would be covered unless it is proved that such a person would not be governed by Hindu law. A bill which has been introduced in the winter session of Parliament has proposed a couple of changes to the Act. These have become noteworthy as these changes seek to remove any gender discrimination present in the Hindu Succession Act currently in force. This involves giving equal rights to daughters in the Hindu Mitakshara Coparcenary property — coparcenary property is the ancestral property of the family that currently devolves on the sons in case of death of the father."