How to Recover Stridhan from In-Laws’ House in India

Shivendra Pratap Singh

Advocate

High Court Lucknow

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Stridhan refers to the property and assets that a woman receives during her marriage, either as gifts or inheritance. In India, Stridhan is considered the exclusive property of the woman, and she has full rights over it. However, there are instances where women face difficulties in reclaiming their Stridhan from their in-laws’ house. This article aims to provide a general guide on how to recover Stridhan in India.

The concept of Stridhan is recognized under various laws in India, including:

  • Hindu Marriage Act, 1955
  • Indian Penal Code, 1860 (Section 405)
  • Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961
  • Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005

Steps to Recover Stridhan

1. Inventory and Documentation

The first step is to create an inventory of all the items that constitute your Stridhan. Document these items with photographs, bills, or any other proof that can establish your ownership.

If your in-laws refuse to return your Stridhan, you can send them a legal notice through a lawyer. This notice should clearly list all the items you wish to recover and provide a deadline for their return.

3. File a Police Complaint

If the legal notice does not yield results, you can file a police complaint under Section 405 of the Indian Penal Code, which deals with criminal breach of trust.

4. Approach the Court

If the police do not take appropriate action, you can approach the court and file a case under the Dowry Prohibition Act or the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act.

Hire a competent lawyer who specializes in family law to represent your case. Provide all the necessary documents and evidence to strengthen your case.

6. Execution of Court Order

Once the court passes an order in your favor, it will be executed by the concerned authorities, and your Stridhan will be returned to you.

Precautions

  • Always keep a record of the items constituting your Stridhan.
  • Consult a legal advisor before taking any steps.
  • Be prepared for a lengthy legal process.

Conclusion

Recovering Stridhan from your in-laws’ house can be a challenging process, but knowing your legal rights and following the correct procedures can make it easier. Always consult a legal advisor for personalized guidance.