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Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, 1956

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An Act to amend and codify certain parts of the law relating to minority and guardianship among Hindus.


  • Section 1: Short title and extent
  • Section 2: Act to be supplemental to Act 8 of 1890
  • Section 4: Definitions
  • Section 5: Over-riding effect of Act
  • Section 6: Natural guardians of a Hindu Minor
  • Section 7: Natural guardianship of adopted son
  • Section 8: Powers of natural guardian
  • Section 9: Testamentary guardians and their powers
  • Section 10: Incapacity of minor to act as guardian of property
  • Section 11: De facto guardian not to deal with minor's property
  • Section 12: Guardian not to be appointed for minor's undivided interest in joint family property
  • Section 13: Welfare of minor to be paramount consideration

Related Cases / Recent Cases / Case Laws

  • Jitender Arora and Others v Sukriti Arora and Others, Criminal Appeal Jurisdiction, Criminal Appeal No. 717 OF 2013, Supreme Court of India judgment dated February 17, 2017
  • Gaytri Bajaj Vs Jiten Bhalla, Civi Appeal Nos. 7232-7233 of 2012, Supreme Court of India judgement delivered on October 5, 2012
  • Section 6(c) says that the Husband is the natural guardian of a minor girl. If the girl dosent want to go to her parents place, then the husband can have custody of her. - Mabemalla vs Superintendent of Police AIR 2007 (DOC) 135 (AP)(DB)

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