Property distribution -under Hindu Succession Act 1956. (Part I)

Let’s us see how and to whom the Property distribution done under the Hindu Succession Act 1956.

It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

This Act applies—

(a) to any person, who is a Hindu by religion in any of its forms or developments including a Virashaiva, a Lingayat or a follower of the Brahmo, Prarthana or Arya Samaj;

(b) to any person who is a Buddhist, Jaina or Sikh by religion; and

(c) to any other person who is not a Muslim, Christian, Parsi or Jew by religion unless it is proved that any such person would not have been governed by the Hindu law or by any custom or usage as part of that law in respect of any of the matters dealt with herein if this Act had not been passed. Explanation. —The following persons are Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs by religion, as the case may be: —

(a) any child, legitimate or illegitimate, both of whose parents are Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs by religion;

(b) any child, legitimate or illegitimate one of whose parents is a Hindu, Buddhist, Jains or Sikh by religion and who is brought up as a member of the tribe, community, group or family to which such parent belongs or belonged;

(c) any person who is a convert or re-convert to the Hindu, Buddhist, Jains or Sikh religion.

In second part we will see how the preference given in the distribution of property when a male dying intestate.

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