Empowering Hindu Women: Unveiling the Legacy of Ancestral Property Rights
By Devisha Dayal, OP Jindal Global University.*
The evolution of Hindu women's rights in their ancestral property has been a long and arduous journey marked by societal transformations, legal reforms, and persistent activism. In the Hindu society, ancestral property has traditionally been passed down through male lineage, thereby denying women their rightful share. However, over the centuries, significant strides have been made to address this inequality and empower women to assert their rights within the framework of Hindu law. This essay explores the historical context, legal developments, and socio-cultural changes that have shaped the evolution of Hindu women's rights in ancestral property. By examining key milestones, landmark cases, and legislative reforms, this essay aims to shed light on the progress achieved, the challenges faced, and the potential for further advancement in ensuring gender equality within the realm of inheritance in Hindu society.
* The author is a Law student (graduating in 2026) at OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat.