Rights of a Married woman – Part 2

Property rights according to Hindu law

It applicable to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Sikhs, the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 is also applicable to anyone who converts into Hinduism. The Act is applicable to both, women and men. It is important to note that the provisions of the Act do not deal with testamentary succession, i.e. when there is a will left by the deceased. The Act only governs with the cases where there is no will as to how the property is to be distributed is there, i.e. it governs intestate succession only. 

In the case of BP Achala Anand v. S. Appi Reddy 11 February, 2005, it was held that the wife is entitled to reside in her matrimonial home under personal laws. She is entitled to be maintained by her husband and to remain under his roof. She is also entitled to shift the residence and live separately when he do any misconduct, or his refusal to maintain her, or for any other reasonable cause. The right to residence is a part of her right to maintenance.

Property might be named with familial or self-procured. Hereditary property is that property that is acquired up to four ages of male genealogy with no division. A privilege to an offer in it is procured by birth. Self-obtained property is one that has been purchased by an individual utilizing his/her own assets, or through any property procured from their offer in the tribal property. This property might be appropriated in any capacity the Hindu dad wishes, for he has full watchfulness regarding it. An individual who bites the dust without a will is known as intestate. There are 4 classifications to which property might be reverted on the demise of an intestate. 

  • Class I 
  • Class II 
  • Agnates, for example individuals related through blood or reception through the male side 
  • Cognates, for example individuals related through blood or reception however not entirely through the male side. 

These classifications can be thought of as a chain-like structure, where the property will be reverted to the following class if the previous class is to be denied. Class I is given inclination. On the off chance that Class I beneficiaries are missing, the property is degenerated to Class II beneficiaries, etc. 

Hindu spouses 

Section 10 of the Hindu Succession Act expresses that the circulation of property happens among every single living beneficiary, and that incorporates the deceased’s widow too. She is qualified for an equivalent portion of her better half’s property like different beneficiaries and if there are no sharers, she is qualified for acquire all the property of her deceased spouse. 

Additionally, a married woman has sole power and obligation regarding her property, regardless of whether it is acquired, talented, or earned. She has selective rights and is the sole proprietor and administrator of her property. She is likewise qualified for upkeep, backing, and shelter from her significant other or from her joint family in the event that she was living in one. 

In instances of separation, issues identified with maintenance and provisions are settled as the case continues as it were. Separation settles issues once and from all is the evidence that both don’t owe anything to one another and are liberated from the security. In this way, if there should arise an occurrence of the demise of her separated from ex, the spouse isn’t qualified for any aspect of the property on the off chance that he was intestate. 

Imagine a scenario in which no separation has been given, for example the spouse married a second time without separating from his first wife? For this situation, the subsequent marriage will be regarded to be void, and the spouse from the subsequent marriage will not be qualified for any property. The privileges of the spouse from the main marriage will stay flawless. Children from the subsequent marriage will be qualified for get an offer in the property alongside other lawful beneficiaries. 

In-faith marriage 

On account of interfaith relationships, the spouse is qualified for the inheritance of her husband’s other’s property as his own laws direct. On the off chance that the spouse is Muslim and she didn’t change over to Islam previously, she will be qualified for Mehr (dower), however can’t acquire her significant other’s property. Such a marriage will be neither standard nor legitimate. 

On the off chance that the spouse is a Christian, the wife’s religion will not go about as an impediment from acquiring. On the off chance that he has deserted a widow and lineal relatives, she will be qualified for 1/third of his property, while the remaining will go with them. In the event that there are no lineal relatives, however other fellow are alive, half of the property will be lapsed to the spouse and the other half, to his current fellow.

Property rights according to Muslim law 

Cultural laws are administered by close to personal laws on account of Muslims, and there are four sources of Islamic law overseeing the equivalent the Quran, the Sunna, the Ijma, and the Qiyas. Despite the fact that the two guys and females are qualified for an offer in the property, the portion of the female is ordinarily 50% of that of a male. A Muslim man is needed to lapse 66% of his property among his legitimate beneficiaries yet may discard the staying 33% of his property according to his own desire. 

Muslim spouses 

In Islam, a women’ character, however substandard compared to that of men, isn’t disregarded totally. She is liable for keeping up and has authority over her merchandise and property. In the event of segregation by the spouse towards different wives, assuming any, she may make a move against him. She is qualified for equivalent support as his different spouses. 

A Muslim widow is qualified for get a one-eighth offer in the property in the event that there are children, and one-fourth offer in the property if there are no kids. On account of a majority of spouses, the offer may reduce and reduce to one-sixteenth. She may acquire a more noteworthy sum by will if there are no sharers. 

Supreme Court in the case of Mohd. Ahmed Khan v. Shah Bano Begum and ors, 23 April, 1985AIR 945, 1985 SCR (3) 844

 (also known as the Shah Bano case), held that if there should arise an occurrence of a separation, the spouse is as yet needed to make sensible and reasonable arrangement for the fate of the separated from wife under Section 3(1Ha) of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986. After the iddat period (the holding up period after the demise of spouse), her parental family will need to give upkeep. 

Property rights for Christian spouses 

Inheritance rights of Christians are administered by Sections 31-49 of the Indian Succession Act, 1925. These arrangements are impartial in nature and the two beneficiaries acquire similarly. In the event that the spouse abandons both, a widow and lineal relatives, at that point the widow will be qualified for 33% in his property, while the rest 66% will be given over to his lineal relatives. In the event that there are no lineal relatives except for different family members, a large portion of the property will go to the spouse and the other half will be reverted to the family members. 

In the event that there are no family members, the spouse will be qualified for every last bit of her better half’s property. A Christian man can do marriage a second time simply after lawfully separating from his first spouse, or on the record of her demise. In the event that he do marriage a second time without separating from his first spouse, neither the second wife nor her children  will have any directly over his property. Nonetheless, the offspring of a lawfully separated from spouse are qualified for an offer in their dad’s property, as is the subsequent wife and her kids. 

Gender Discrimination  

Woman’s Property  

Section 15 and 16 of the Hindu Succession Act, 1956, states that if a women passes on intestate, her significant other’s beneficiaries are qualified for her self-procured property, and not her parents. Be that as it may, on the off chance that the spouse passes on intestate, his family members are qualified for the property, not his significant other’s beneficiaries. This shows an unequivocal inclination since her better half’s beneficiaries are qualified for her property, yet it isn’t the other route round. 

Agricultural land 

In certain states, women are not qualified for acquire rural land as it might prompt the fracture of landholding. Schedule IX of the Constitution of India manages the Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Acts of different states cautious examination of which demonstrates that laws are one-sided against women. 

Tribal women 

Customary laws of tribals are male centric and horribly victimize women. In spite there being different enactments to maintain a strategic distance from the equivalent, numerous ancestral women keep on anguish. 

Muslim women 

Since on marriage, a Muslim woman gets Mehr and maintenance, just as inheritance, from her significant other, it is viewed as that the extents of inheritance ought to vary between the two sexual orientations. A PIL was filed by NGO Sahara Kalyan Samiti asking a correction in Muslim personal law, on grounds of it being biased on the issues identifying the section of property when contrasted with their male partners. The appeal asserted that on the demise of an intestate spouse, his Muslim widow will be qualified for 1/eighth of his property in the event that they had children; else, she will be qualified for 1/fourth of his property. Unexpectedly, on the demise of an intestate spouse, her Muslim husband will be qualified for 1/fourth her property on the off chance that they had children, and half of her property on the off chance that they didn’t have children. It was additionally claimed that the little girl gets half of the offer as her sibling. 

The request fought that this discrimination disregarded their essential right to equity covered under Article 14, 19, and 21 of the Constitution. The Delhi High Court has looked for the Centre’s reaction on the issue, and it is as yet forthcoming in Court. It is unexpected that most women are ignorant of their inheritance rights, and in this manner they keep silent. So as to battle treachery, it is imperative to have through information about the rights. The Constitution of India, under Article 14, gives women and their rights in the nation. It guarantees women equity and equivalent insurance of the laws. Article 15(3) enables the state to make certifiable move for a girl in-law. 

Here is a rundown of seven rights each married women ought to know about: 

Option to Reside in Marital Home 

The Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956, entitle spouses an essential option to live in the wedding/conjugal family. The term wedding home alludes to a family unit a women imparts to her better half. The house might be claimed by the spouse or his folks, a leased property or formally gave to him. In any case, regardless of whether it is a familial one or a joint family house, a daughter- in-law is qualified for dwell in it. Additionally, she has the privilege to live in her marital living arrangement regardless of whether her better half isn’t live there or he is dead. Numerous cases have become visible where a spouse leaves a leased convenience when his relationship with the wife goes bad. Be that as it may, this doesn’t liberate the man from giving fundamental maintenance to his better half and children. 

Right to Streedhan 

As per the Hindu Succession Law, Streedhan alludes to the endowments a woman gets during pre-marriage or wedding functions and during work. This incorporates any portable, steady property, adornments, endowments, cash and the sky is the limit from there (for example god bharai, baraat, mooh dikhai). The principle goal of giving Streedhan to married women is to give her some financial shields after marriage. The pinnacle court has given natural rights over Streedhan to the married lady. It decides that the privilege isn’t lost even after partition from her significant other. That is, a spouse has total possession rights to all her Streedhan, the endowments and cash given to her when marriage. 

The refusal of Streedhan to the spouse makes the husband and parents in law obligated for criminal accusations. On the off chance that a relative has her daughter in law’s Streedhan and passes on without a legitimate will, at that point the married women has a lawful right on it. 

Right to Maintenance by Husband 

A spouse has the privilege to guarantee respectable expectations for everyday comforts and essential solaces of life from her better half. Nonetheless, the advantages are dependent upon the spouse’s expectations for everyday comforts, his pay and property. In the event of ties souring, he needs to give essential support offices to his better half and kids. The fundamental principal is to give food, home, instruction and clinical treatment. Section 125 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, upholds this right. As indicated by the law, a woman even after separation can guarantee up to 25% of her better half’s net gain as support. 

Right to Child Maintenance 

It is the obligation of the spouse and the wife to give the necessary things to their minor kid. In the event that the woman isn’t skilled gaining a living, at that point it is the obligation of the man to give money related help. On the off chance that the two accomplices are fiscally crippled, they can take uphold from their parents to take care of the children. Furthermore, a minor children additionally has the privilege to look for parcel in genealogical property.

Right to Committed Relationship 

An upbeat and fruitful married life can’t be driven without appropriate duty from the two accomplices similarly. A married woman has the option to have a serious relationship, except if a lawful application for division (separate) has been documented. This suggests her better half can’t be involved with another woman or have an extra-conjugal illicit relationship. If the spouse actually has relations with another woman outside marriage, the wife can charge him for infidelity. Infidelity in India is additionally a reason for separation or divorce under Section 13 of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. 

Right to Parental Home 

Prior, India carefully followed the Tradition of ‘Beti toh Paraya Dhan Hoti Hai’. However, with time, individuals’ methodology towards daughters has changed thus have the laws. Presently, daughters have obtained equivalent status as their male kin even after marriage. 

Cultural: The Hindu Succession Act, 1956, didn’t give daughters and children equivalent right in the dad’s property. According to the old Act, the daughter inherited rights on her dad’s property just until she got married. Be that as it may, the Act was changed in 2005. According to the revisions presented in the Hindu Succession Act in 2005, each daughter, regardless of whether married or unmarried, has equivalent rights as her male kin to acquire her dad’s property after his death. That is, each married daughter has equivalent rights, liabilities, and obligations as her brother’s. Moreover, the daughters likewise have an offer in the mother’s property. On the off chance that the dad doesn’t sign any will before his death, they can go to the court for legitimate guide. 

Girls as Coparceners: A coparcenary is shaped with the four ages of a family. Prior, daughters were rejected from being a coparcener. As indicated by the Hindu Succession Act (2005), a married woman has equivalent rights to be a coparcener. It empowers the women’ lawful rights on coparcenary property. This suggests women of the family reserve the privilege to similarly acquire an offer in the unified property since birth. They have comparative rights and liabilities as the child. 

Right to Live with Dignity and Respect 

A spouse has the lawful power to live with appropriate pride and confidence with her father and mother in law. She likewise has the privilege to have a similar way of life that her better half’s and father and mother in law have. This lawful right gives married women freedom after marriage. The married woman likewise has the option to raise voice against any physical or mental torture. 

The Supreme Court stated, “A daughter in-law is to be treated as an individual from the family with warmth and fondness and not as an outsider with decent and disgraceful detachment. She ought not to be treated as a house servant. No impression ought to be given that she can be tossed out of her marriage home whenever. The way where some of the time the women is treated in many numerous homes by the spouse in-law and the family members makes a sentiment of passionate deadness in the public eye.”


Laws are the need of great importance. Regardless of innumerable bits of enactment to help the reason for fairness of section, opposite practices actually exist in the nation. A uniform law is required which is relevant to all religions. Social sacrifices, for example, “haq tyag” ought to be abrogated and women ought to be made mindful of their inherited rights. Ancestral traditions in states, for example, Jharkhand void women over any privilege to property. 

Indeed, even Muslim women face barefaced predisposition, where the distinction in the extent of property conveyance is half of that of their male partners. Solid sponsorship of laws and liberal understanding is required from the Court. It is fundamental that women must have equivalent exclusive rights as men similar to a resident of India.


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  2. https://www.shethepeople.tv/news/legal-rights-every-married-woman-aware/ 
  3. http://www.legalservicesindia.com/law/article/1201/8/Property-Rights-for-Married-women 
  4. https://scholarship.law.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2988&context=lawreview 

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