Superstar Amitabh Bachchan recently revealed on social media that he will divide his property equally between his son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda. He being a superstar with millions of followers, this message is being seen as vital as our society has always been tough on women. Especially, when it comes to inheritance and property right, his decision also brings into focus the Supreme Court 2005 landmark judgement by which it amended the property laws, and said that both daughters and sons are equal inheritors of family properties.
- Amitabh Bachchan to divide his property equally between Shweta Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan
- In 2005, the Supreme Court amended the inheritance law by making both the female and male heirs legal inheritors.
Also a supporter and ambassador of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign, Amitabh Bachchan has never failed to set an example of an ideal father with an unbiased love for his children. Below is a short yet powerful poem written by him which depicts Amitabh Bachchan’s love and pride for his daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda and granddaughter Navya.
Also a supporter and ambassador of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign, Amitabh Bachchan has never failed to set an example of an ideal father with an unbiased love for his children.
“Yeh garv hai mera, beti betiyaan jab ubhar kar aati hain, apne dum par kuch kar ke humein dikhaati hain, motiyon se piroyi hui yeh mala, aise karna gehna yeh anmol hai, isse surakshit rakhna. (I am proud that my daughters have found success on their own, they are like beads of a necklace; such jewels are precious, keep them safe)”
By revealing that his property will be equally divided between his daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda and son Abhishek Bachchan, he not only set an example of an ideal father but has also backed an important law that upholds gender equality in families.
The Inheritance Law of India
The property and inheritance law in India has had age-old gender bias taken from Hindu laws that considered only the male heirs as the legal inheritor of the family properties. However, in 2005, the Supreme Court made a landmark judgement by amending the property laws. According to the amendment, both the daughter and son are equal inheritors of family properties. This judgement has eliminated a form of gender discrimination that daughters faced in our society.
Even if laws are written, how many families know about this law or follow this law despite their orthodox beliefs?
Why is Amitabh Bachchan exemplary
Even if laws are written, how many families know about this law or follow this law? These amendments also have little or no mention in the papers. This is why what celebrities say and do matters.
Amitabh Bachchan is a superstar and is a powerful influencer with millions of followers, he by announcing his decision has made the judgement even more public. What steps he takes, his lifestyle, his personal choices all become a trend that people follow. If it were some common man writing his will it may not have attracted as much attention for sure.
Therefore, in India where people follow celebrities more than our laws, it is imperative that our celebrities are unbiased and educated enough to inspire their followers in the right direction.
Rudrani Kumari is an intern with SheThePeople.TV