The Delhi High Court has ruled that a daughter-in-law does not have an indefeasible right in a “shared household” and that the in-laws cannot be excluded from the same.
The court was hearing a plea moved by a daughter-in-law against her husband and in-laws who were senior citizens, challenging an order passed by the Divisional Commissioner on March 31. After the in-laws preferred an eviction petition under the Senior Citizens Act, the District Magistrate in September last year directed the eviction of the daughter-in-law from a 3 BHK floor in the South Extension area.
The Divisional Commissioner allowed the appeal and set aside her eviction. However, the in-laws were also permitted to live on the property along with the daughter-in-law.
Dispensing the plea, Justice Prathiba M Singh said that the stand of the daughter-in-law that the in-laws should not be allowed to live on their own property was “completely contrary to the settled understanding on the subject.”
The court thus directed the daughter-in-law and her son to occup