Object And Scope Of The Hindu Succession Act 1956

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3.2.2 Object and Scope of the Act Object. The Hindu Succession Act, 1956 has been passed to meet the needs of a progressive society. The old law despite several innovations brought about in it by legislations and judicial decisions did not fulfil the desired ends and remained hardly acceptable to a dynamic Hindu society of contemporary era Hence there was a need for a uniform system of law of which may be acceptable to all sections of Hindus and be equally upon them. With this end in view the Hindu Succession Act 1956 came into existence. It removes inequities between men and women with respect to rights in property and it down a common list of heirs entitled to succeed on intestacy. The Act has been passed to amend and codify the entire law of …show more content…

The Hindu Succession Act 1956 applies 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 and to any person who is a Buddhist, Jaina or Sikh by religion; and also 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 matter dealt with herein if this Act had not been passed . There are some exceptions that the Act applies to the members of any Scheduled Tribe within the meaning of Clause (25) of Article 366 of the Constitution unless the Central Government, by notification in the Official Gazette, otherwise

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