Women must claim inheritance during their lifetime, rules Supreme Court

By: News Desk      Published: 02:54 PM, 23 Sep, 2021
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The Supreme Court has ruled that women must claim their inheritance right in their parents’ properties while are alive and their offspring cannot claim it after the death of their mothers, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

The apex court on Thursday upheld the decision of the Peshawar High Court in the women inheritance case. 

The Supreme Court directed that women should claim their inheritance right in their parents’ properties during their lifetime. If they do not claim it while alive, their offspring after their demise could not claim their share in the property of their mothers’ parents. 

Justice Umar Ata Bandial of the Supreme Court remarked that the inheritance law safeguards the right of women

“The court has to look into the matter what will happen if women do not claim share in their parents’ property or decide to do away with their inheritance right,” Justice Bandial said.

The Supreme Court dismissed the case of the children of two deceased women, residents of Peshawar. Their children were claiming share in the property of their maternal grandfather.

Isa Khan who had two daughters and one son transferred his property to his son Abdul Rehman in 1935. While alive, both the daughters did not claim their share in their father’s property. But after their death, their offspring claimed their share in their grandfather’s property. 

A Civil Court gave a verdict in favour of the children but the Peshawar High Court made the decision null and void. 

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Ata Bandial upheld the PHC decision. 

Reporter Amanat Gishkori