An Indian court’s recent verdict that significantly expands the rights of homemakers over their husband’s property has been hailed as a positive sign by women’s rights advocates.
On 21 June, the Madras high court – in the southern state of Tamil Nadu – passed a verdict in a domestic dispute case that allowed a housewife equal share in her husband’s property.
Experts say this is the first time an Indian court has formally recognised the contribution of a housewife to the husband’s income. They, however, point out that the verdict is not binding on other states unless the country’s Supreme Court rules along similar lines in future.
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