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Hindu-Muslim marriage: Can woman still claim right to her parent's self-acquired property?

There is no legal concept of disowning a child, but parents can deprive a child of his share in their self-acquired property through a will.

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Last Updated: Jul 29, 2019, 06.30 AM IST
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I am a Hindu woman, who married a Muslim man and changed my religion. My parents disowned me. Can I still stake a claim to my parents' self-acquired property? Saima Khan, Delhi
There is no legal concept of disowning a child, but parents can deprive a child of his share in their self-acquired property through a will. Marrying a person of another religion or converting does not deprive you of your rights. You can claim a share in their property.

My father had a self-acquired property and died intestate in 2000, while my mother died in 2017. I am the only daughter and have a younger brother. My brother claims I have no share in the property as I got married before 2005. Do I have a right to the property? Sukanya Kumar, Bhopal
As it was the father's self-acquired property, the daughter, being a Class I legal heir, will get an equal share along with the son. Marriage will not make any difference to the daughter's share. You can claim your share by filing a suit for partition.

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I am the karta of an HUF account, which has mutual funds and bank deposits. I have a wife and a daughter, who is married. Can my wife or daughter continue with my HUF account using it after I die? Should I continue or dissolve the HUF while I am alive? V.K. Sharma, Pune
After the 2005 amendment in the Hindu Succession Act, 1956, your daughter is a coparcener in the HUF. So, after you, she can claim the HUF account. You can safeguard their interests by informing the bank about HUF members and making your daughter a nominee.

Also read: Who has the right over a woman’s property after she dies?

My father bought a house after selling the ancestral property. My father died in 2011 and my brother refuses to give me a share in the property. Can I stake a claim to my share in this property? Vinita Sarin, Chandigarh
Since the father purchased the property after selling the ancestral property and expired after the amendment in the Hindu Succession Act, you are now a coparcener. Hence, you have an equal share in the property. You can enforce the same by filing a suit for partition.

All queries have been answered by Rajesh Mahindru, Advocate, Delhi High Court
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