If I am a woman, what is my property?
It makes no difference that I am a woman, and whether I am married or unmarried, divorced, separated or widowed.
My property includes assets, wealth that I
- Created: a book I wrote, a building I got constructed on my plot, a painting I painted, an invention I made.
- Purchased: a plot or house or flat I purchased, or any electronic equipment, machines in the home, jewellery, silverware, exclusive sarees or clothing
- Inherited: whether under a will or by succession, from my father or mother, from my husband or in-laws, from my children, or anyone
- Received as gift or prize: whether before or after my marriage, from my relatives, or husband, or his relatives, or from any person, including my streedhan.
- Allotted to me: under any scheme
- Claim as mine, like ownership of land which I claim under a will, but has been disputed by others.
Share in assets
My property includes the share I have in properties, for example, which
- I inherited along with others,
- I acquired along with others, to which I contributed,
- I got as a coparcener in Mitakshara coparcenery (HUF) property of my father, if he was alive on 9 September 2005. The Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act of 2005 gave me this share in HUF property equal to that of my brothers.
I am the absolute owner of all my properties, and I can transfer them during my lifetime, and make a will giving them to anyone of my choice. In law, I do not need the consent of any person for doing so.
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– Nilima Bhadbhade