02 October 2021

Diga married daughter has no right to her father’s property.

The Supreme Court in a judgment delivered on Wednesday (29) determined that a Diga married daughter (when a woman is settled in her husband’s home) has no rights to her father’s property in accordance with Kandyan Law, a customary law in Sri Lanka.

There are two types of marriage under Kandyan Law. A Diga marriage is when a woman is given away and is settled in the home of her husband. A Binna marriage is one where the bridegroom is received into the house of the bride.

The Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya, Justice Preethi Padman Surasena, and Justice S. Thurairaja held that the third plaintiff-respondent (daughter of the original owner of the property) in the appeal application has not re-acquired the rights of a Binna married daughter when she returned to her Mulgedara (ancestral home) after the demise of her husband.

Source: www.dailymirror.lk

 

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