Women have every right on in-laws home, says Supreme Court

A woman can live in her husband’s home even if she is estranged from him, the Supreme Court said. She has every right on her in-laws family.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has given an important ruling regarding women’s rights. The apex court has said that under the Domestic Violence Act, a woman has every right to live in her in-laws’ house. The three-judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan overturned the decision of the two-judge bench in the Tarun Batra case, while delivering the important verdict.

Right in shared property of in-laws:

In this important case related to women’s rights, the court has said that the wife who faced domestic violence will get rights in the shared property of the family and also in the residential house.

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The apex court has made it clear in its judgment that the aggrieved wife will have the right over the property acquired by her husband but at the same time she will have the legal right to live in the ancestral and shared property of her mother-in-law. The apex court in its judgment citing the Domestic Violence Act 2005 has also clarified several important points.

Judgement changed:

The Supreme Court has reversed the verdict delivered by the two judges in the Tarun Batra case. A two-judge bench, in its judgment pronounced in 2006, held that daughters of law are not entitled to live in property owned by their husband’s parents.

Now the judgment pronounced by the three judges’ bench in this case has said that the daughter-in-law has the right to live not only in her husband’s separate properties but also in a shared house. Under the Act, the husband can also demand to stay in the house of relatives.

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