Analysis on the Role of Karta under Hindu Law

  • Adhi Kesavan and Kumarappan M.
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  • Adhi Kesavan

    Student at Sastra University, Thirumalaisamudram, Thanjavur, India

  • Kumarappan M.

    Student at Sastra University, Thirumalaisamudram, Thanjavur, India

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The role of the Karta under Hindu law is a fundamental aspect of family governance and property management within Hindu Joint Families (HUFs). This abstract explores the pivotal position of the Karta within the framework of Hindu law, shedding light on their rights, duties, and responsibilities in the context of family affairs. The Karta, typically the senior-most male member, is entrusted with the administration of the HUF's joint property. This analysis delves into the historical origins of the Karta's authority, rooted in ancient Hindu texts and customs, and its evolution within the modern legal system. Central to this exploration is an examination of the Karta's powers and limitations. It discusses their ability to make financial decisions, enter into contracts, and represent the HUF in legal matters. Moreover, it highlights the delicate balance between their authority and the rights of other family members, including female heirs and coparceners. The study also addresses the contemporary challenges and shifts in the role of the Karta, such as the impact of legal reforms that grant equal inheritance rights to daughters. It assesses the implications of these changes on the traditional family structure and property management practices within HUFs. This abstract seeks to provide a concise overview of the role of the Karta under Hindu law, emphasizing its historical significance, contemporary relevance, and the ongoing legal debates and reforms that shape this vital position within Hindu Joint Families.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 6, Page 2410 - 2415


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