Who can you trust more with your inheritance: Daughters or Sons?

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Who can you trust more with your inheritance: Daughters or Sons?

As far as the question of inheritance is concerned, if a man dies intestate, law especially the Hindu Law of Succession contemplates and provides for equal rights for both sons and daughters. In other words law does not discriminate between a son and a daughter. Irrespective of the sex of the legal heir law confers equal rights to all. Hence, I can rather say the topic of debate discriminates between a son and a daughter.

I consider and treat both my son and daughter equally. If my son is the right eye, my daughter is the left eye and for a good vision both eyes are important.But from an Indian perspective, the topic may be dealt with in a little more critically. Even though, I provide equal opportunities to both of them in everything like education, provision of dress and all other facilities etc, after finding out suitable employments assuming that they get their own employments according to their merit, a stage comes that I have to spend more for my daughter than my son. It is her marriage. I have to find a suitable alliance for her and arrange for her marriage, for which I have to spend considerably, according to my economic status and my repaying capacity. Sometimes, the marriage involves a heavy expenditure that includes a dowry, for which I have to spend even borrowing from third parties, either mortgaging or selling my immovable properties.

When they are mortgaged, naturally it entails a heavy monetary burden until I live and after my death, my son will repay the debt and discharge the mortgage.For the legitimate expenses or debts that I incur, there is legitimate obligation cast upon my son, what we call in the Hindu law as the ‘Pious Obligation’ of the son to repay the debt of his father. Naturally, I have to trust my son more for repaying my debts incurred for my daughter’s marriage.

Again the question of inheritance comes up for consideration, only when I become old and normally when I almost become immobile and seemingly there is no chance of survival for long. At that juncture, the daughter would have got married and only sons are available for inheritance.

Considering all the circumstances mentioned above, naturally I have to trust my son only to inherit whatever I leave, because a son is saddled with more responsibility and financial burden than a daughter, whose marriage actually entails a heavy financial burden upon the family.

Therefore, it may safely be concluded that as far as inheritance is concerned, I prefer and trust my son than my daughter.


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