Devolution of property of the hindu female: Autonomy, relationality, and the law

Mishra, Archana (2015) Devolution of property of the hindu female: Autonomy, relationality, and the law. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 29 (2). pp. 149-166. ISSN 13609939

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Women's economic status and social security is influenced by their ownership and control over immovable property. Contemporary Indian society has refused to give up traditional ideologies and perpetuates the age-old pattern of ownership of material assets. Despite some progressive interpretations and statutory law, justice with respect to property has not progressed in a linear trajectory for Indian women, particularly Hindu women. This article examines the scheme of succession for Hindu males and females, its wider implications, the policy of non-interference by the courts, the recommendations of the Law Commission of India and the National Commission for Women and makes suggestions for removing the disparity between Hindu males and females in respect to devolution of property.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Property law | Hindu law | Female | Women economic status
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > Religious studies
Physical, Life and Health Sciences > Environmental Science, Policy and Law
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Gender Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr Sombir Dahiya
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2022 03:57
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2022 03:57
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Additional Information: The author would like to thank her colleague Dr. Ashley Tellis (formerly from Jindal Global Law School), John Eekelaar, and unknown reviewers for their thoughtful comments in relation to earlier drafts of this article. Any errors are the author’s.


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