Equal rights for daughter in property, Bollywood celebs call it “landmark decision”

A number of Bollywood celebrities like Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor, and Ayushmann Khurrana are lauding the Supreme Court's decision to grant equal inheritance rights to daughters in an amendment to the Hindu Succession Act.

The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday ruled that the 2005 law amending the Hindu Succession Act 1956 will grant equal rights to daughter irrespective of the year she was born in. Bollywood A-list celebrities Ayushmann Khurrana, Shraddha Kapoor are among other big voices to hail the Supreme Court’s verdict on the matter. They called it a “landmark decision”.

A three bench judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of the 2005 amended law which granted equal inheritance rights to a daughter as a son. The law would apply even if she was born before the amendment.

Welcoming the decision, Ayushmann Khurrana took to his Instagram stories to write, “The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that daughter, like sons, have an equal birthright to inherit ancestral property and the amendment to the Hindi Succession Act, 1956 will have a retrospective effect. A big step, a necessary step and I welcome this verdict wholeheartedly.”

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Calling it a great day in the march of gender quality, Farhan Akhtar said: “In a landmark decision, Supreme Court ensures the unconditional right of a daughter to her parent’s property. It gives daughters inheritance right to parental property by birth. A great day in the march for gender equality.”

Actor Shraddha Kapoor too hailed the decision in her Instagram stories. Sharing a clip of the judgment, she wrote, “About time #Equality”.

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The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said that a daughter is entitled to equal property rights under the amended Hindu Succession Act and the law would have retrospective effects.

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