This was a comment in response to scribblehappy‘s comment to “Haryana panchayat cuts off married girls from parents’ property“.
Edited to add the entire comment from here.
Scribblehappy: She will remain as much entitled to parental property as her brothers, as per Indian law.
Comment: On the ground, there is difference between law and actual practice.
scribblehappy: She can take her parents, brothers to court if they try to cut her out of the inheritance.
Comment: Yet she won’t do that. She won’t make the claim in the first place. As I said before, she has switched sides with her husbands family after marriage.
scribblehappy: Your wife will only inherit a PART of your parental property and then only if she happens to OUTLIVE you.
Comment: This is not true. She will inherit my family’s property as a equal partner in an agreement from our marriage. Similarly, her brothers too will share their property with their respective wives. That’s the indian system.
scribblehappy: First it makes the girl child spectacularly unwanted.
Comment: The only reason why a girl child is not wanted is because she is a liability. How many daughters are truly independent in india? How many daughters can do without marriage in india? Don’t give me anomaly examples of this women or that women you know as being independent but give me a statistic… 75%? 50%? 25%? What is the percentage of women that do not choose to live a life of dependency? If a large no of these girls are dependent then they are a liability and hence unwanted.
scribblehappy: Equal share in her in-laws’ property? Come on, now!
Comment: Ownership of property is made in an individuals name(ie, me). But our marriage contract entitles her to my property and my assets. Those are not my views but they are actually facts.
The hindu system(the one that is followed) has always been a patriarchal system. The state take over and rewrote the whole hindu law but the problem is that creating a law and enforcing the law is very difficult because public consensus is not in your favour.
When you create a law, you have to take the public on board, discuss it and win their consensus. Make them agree with you and then the law becomes truly democratic and enforcement will be voluntary. The current hindu law is none of it and so the results are not surprising.”
What do you think?
Can Dowry be compared to Inheritance?
An email. Aren’t the sons supposed to have their own family lives?
A daughter in law’s legal rights in her in law’s house are the same as her husband’s rights.
“My wife often rakes up property issues, or rues the expenses on my father’s ill-health.”
Paraya dhan and her limited rights.