Doctrine of Survivorship

In a Hindu joint family, the coparcenary rights over property are shared by the common ancestor and his three lineal male descendants. Under Mitakshara law the right in the property is acquired by birth and the right is enjoyed by him during his lifetime. On the death of the coparcener, the right to property is not given to his wife or daughter.  No individual can claim the entire property as his own. The property is owned jointly by all the coparceners. On the death of the coparcener, his share of the property is devolved among surviving coparceners. For example, if there is a father along with two sons, each member will have .1/3 rd right in the property.

If a son dies, his right in the property is acquired by the remaining two coparceners and now each member will be entitled to a share of ½(This was replaced by the Hindu Succession Amendment 2005 by testamentary succession. Now a daughter can be a coparcener but the widowed wife of the son after his death cannot become a coparcenary). The property right is enjoyed by the male member during his lifetime. After his death, all his right and interest in the property is devolved on surviving coparcener. This also means that if there exists personal debt on the coparcener who died, the debt cannot be recovered from his interest in the joint family property.

Be that as it may, the coparcenary in Hindu law isn’t indistinguishable from the coparcenary as perceived in English law. In this manner, on account of the death of an individual from coparcenary under the Mitakshara law, his advantage degenerates on different individuals by survivorship while under English law, on the off chance that one of the co-beneficiaries mutually acquiring properties passes on, their privilege goes to their lawful beneficiaries.

In the case of State bank of India v. Ghamandi ram, it was held by the Supreme court that several incidents of copartnership are

  • The coparcener has an interest in the property by birth until partition takes place this interest is fluctuating based on addition and removal by births and deaths in the family.
  • The joint property in the family is devolved through survivorship


 The main occurrence brought up in the above-referred case is quite possibly the most astounding highlights of the ideas of coparcenary and survivorship. The interest that a coparcener is qualified for at his/her introduction to the world, is never a fixed interest. Maybe, the interest continues to change alongside the event of births and the passings in the family. The passing of a current coparcener will broaden the interest of the leftover individuals in the coparcenary. Unexpectedly, the introduction of another part in a coparcenary will lessen the interests of previous individuals as the number of individuals having an interest in the property will increment. Section 6 of the Hindu succession act 1956 made rules for the succession of the property who died without making a will. Before the amendment act of 2005 daughters were not made coparcenary.

It was the rule that if a person died intestate the property will devolve among surviving coparceners. The property was devolved only among the male descendants that are son, grandson according to the four-degree rule. As a result of this doctrine, the daughters were not able to inherit property as they were not given the rights of coparceners. Even the wife of the coparcener was not entitled to the right to inherit property on the death of the coparcener.

The property used to devolve among surviving coparceners. It was the suggestion of B.N.Rao committee that we should do away with the concept of coparcenary under Mitakshara school of law. That would render the entire doctrine of survivorship void. The Constitution of India cherishes the rule of gender equality in its Preamble and Parts III, IV, and IVA relating to Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties, and Directive Principles separately. The Constitution awards correspondence to women, yet in addition enables the State to embrace proportions of positive segregation for women. In any case, there exists a wide hole between the objectives articulated in the Constitution and the ground reality in regard to the situation of women in the financial texture of India.the Hindu Women’s Right to Property Act, 1937.

The arrangements of this law allowed a widow to assume responsibility for the unified portion of her perished spouse in the coparcenary. In this way, she ventured into the shoes of her significant other and as a result, progression by the principle of survivorship couldn’t happen until the demise of the widow. This qualified the widow for a class of rights that are simply accessible to a coparcener, for example, the option to request a partition. The Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005 (39 of 2005) was established to eliminate sex unfair arrangements in the Hindu Succession Act, 1956. Under the correction, the girl of a coparcener will by birth become a coparcener by her own doing in a similar way as the child. The girl will currently have similar rights in the coparcenary property (hereditary property of the Hindu unified family) as a child.

This correction additionally cancels Section 23 of the Hindu Succession Act which disentitled a female beneficiary to request parcel in regard of an abode house, completely involved by a joint family, until the male beneficiaries decide to separate their individual offers. Segment 24 of the Act which denied privileges of a widow to acquire her husband‟s property upon her re-marriage has been revoked. This Act has achieved a focal revision which is material to all the state governments.The situation of women in conventional Hindu society has not been extremely noticeable. women have been viewed by men since forever ago as property having a place with men to do however they see fit. The portrayal of ladies in the Manusmriti, which is quite possibly the most significant and legitimate lawful writings followed by Hindus, illustrates how ladies were seen to be simply protests moved by men in antiquated India.

One of the sections from this content says that young women should stay in the authority of their dad as kids; ladies under the guardianship of their better half after marriage; and further, under the care of their children as widows. Ladies have been portrayed as reliant upon their spouses for their lives and not competent enough to make their own living.

Induration of the line of limited idea, the administrators of the nation didn’t discover the contention giving ladies equivalent rights in property and making girls coparceners by birth, sufficiently convincing to acquire a change the cultural order. The Hindu Law Committee’s proposition to eliminate the thought of conceding rights in property by birth was met with heaps of resistance as the male-centric mentality couldn’t acquiesce to their predominance over ladies and give them an equivalent status.

Consequently, women stayed on the lower platform of social design and didn’t get any property rights. The principle of survivorship also was a result of the male-centric outlook that won around there. By keeping the coparcenary confined uniquely to male individuals from a joint family and setting survivorship over progression, a female was viably totally bolted out of the family property.

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