Hindu Succession Act amendments are needed to make them relevant to women from Scheduled Tribes : Supreme Court.

The Hindu Succession Act’s Section 2(2), which expressly exempts female members of Scheduled Tribes from its application, was requested to be changed by the Supreme Court on Friday [Kamla Neti v. The Special Land Acquisition Officer].

There is no rationale for depriving female community members of the right to survivor, according to a bench of Justices MR Shah and Krishna Murari.

The bench also noted that given that the daughter of a Scheduled Tribe was still denied equal rights even after the Constitution had been in effect for 70 years, it was high time for the court to revisit the Act’s provisions.

This news is written by Ms. Amrita Singh, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.

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