When you have a family, you always aim to provide for them so that they can fulfil all their needs. Therefore, even if something unfortunate were to happen, you would ensure that they can continue leading a comfortable life after your demise. This is irrespective of the gender and age of all your family members. However, in the past, there have been many instances where married women have been denied any financial benefits and rights in their husbands’ homes.
This would be an even graver issue if the husband passed away, leaving nothing to his wife. Moreover, even if the woman had some finances or property in her name, there was no provision for her to protect any of it from her relatives, in-laws, or even creditors seeking repayment of her late husband’s debts.
Hence, keeping the financial rights of married women in focus, the Married Women’s Property Act was enacted in 1874 to help women safeguard their own property or finances from lenders, creditors, and relatives. Let us know more about the MWP Act.