Rights of female descendants to property
Answered by Saurabh Kumar, Lawfarm Researcher:
The Hindu Succession Act of 1956 originally denied women the right to inherit ancestral
property, allowing them only to ask for sustenance from a joint Hindu family.
However, after an amendment was passed in 2005, a restriction that remained was that women
could not ask for a share if the property had been alienated or partitioned before December 20,
2004, which is the date the Bill was introduced.
Supreme Court, in a recent case, also said that the father would have to be alive on
September 9, 2005, if the daughter were to become a co-sharer with her male siblings. (Prakash v. Phulavati- http://naredco.in/notification/pdfs/SC%20judgement%20on%20daughters%20coparcenery%20right.pdf )
Thus, if your mother’s father was alive till September 9, 2005, she will have a share in the
property, or else she will not.