Vol. 6, Issue 5 (2020)
Maintenance of widowed daughter-in-law: A duty or a liability
Author(s): Saksham Kathuria
Abstract: Relevance of wife/daughter in an Indian Society –– Wife is the aradhangini (half of man) –– These laws were made to remove inequality between class and class, between sex and sex –– Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act, 1956 –– Right of a widowed Daughter-in-law is a pre-existing right –– Section 19 –– Can approach in-laws for maintenance after the death of husband –– Section 18 –– Certain Conditions shall be fulfilled to attain the maintenance –– ‘Dependant’ under Section 21 –– Coparcenary Property –– Moral rights transformed into legal rights of widowed daughter-in-law –– Maintenance from self-acquired property of in-laws –– This right is still available to the widowed daughter-in-law of the pre-deceased son against the self-acquired property of her father-in-law –– A daughter becomes a daughter-in-law, If the daughter gets a share, similarly the daughter in the other house gets a share.