To put it in a simple and clear way, legal rights of a daughter-in-law are the same as that of her husband in her in-laws house.
- Anything that comes to him is also hers. So, it will only stir up unnecessary ambiguity and confusion, if this topic is discussed in her in-laws house.
- All daughters-in-law should know that they have no legal right on things that their mothers in law own.
- In general the wife gets some jewelry on some occasions before and after marriage from parents and in-laws. This property is called ‘stree dhan’. Therefore, the daughter-in-law has no right on her mother-in-law’s stree dhan.
- In common parlance whatever the daughter-in-law gets out of marriage is taken by mother-in-law for safe custody. If mother-in-law passes away without leaving a will, the daughter in law legally receives it, but not the son.
- By and large, only a rare bride would maintain some proof for the stree dhan.
- In a recent judgment the Supreme Court ruled that a widow even if remarries is legally entitled to her first husbands property.
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