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New Delhi (India), Aug 12 (Canadian Media): India's the Supreme Court, in a major judgement, Tuesday ruled daughters of a joint Hindu family have equal rights to inherit paternal properties even if the coparcener died before the Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005, came into effect, media reports said.
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A coparcener is a person who acquires a right in the ancestral property by birth as well as a person who has a right to demand partition in the Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) property.
The verdict was passed by a three-judge bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra while hearing a batch of pleas questioning whether the Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005, had a retrospective effect.
Equal rights to daughters were given in inheriting the ancestral properties in the concerned Act.
"Daughters must be given equal rights as sons, Daughter remains a loving daughter throughout life. The daughter shall remain a coparcener throughout life, irrespective of whether her father is alive or not," Justice Mishra said as quoted by Livelaw.
The amendment to the Act is applicable, said the top court bench, to the living daughters of living coparceners as of Sept 9, 2005, Times Now reported.