The Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, 1956

The Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, 1956 governs the guardianship and custody of minors of the Hindu religion.

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Summary

The Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, 1956 was enacted to provide for the guardianship and custody of minors of the Hindu religion. The Act defines a minor as a person who has not completed the age of eighteen years, and provides rules for the appointment and removal of guardians of minors. The Act also outlines the powers and duties of guardians, and the rights of minors in relation to their property. In addition, the Act provides rules for the custody of minors in cases of divorce, separation, or death of a parent.

Section 1 : Short title and extent

Section 2 : Act to be supplemental to Act 8 of 1890

Section 3 : Application of Act

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 minors undivided interest in joint family property

Section 13 : Welfare of minor to be paramount consideration

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