The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a child born from a marriage between a Muslim man and a Hindu woman is legitimate and has the right to the father's property. The apex court said that such a marriage is neither valid nor zero, but an 'irregular'.

Judge NV Ramana and Mohan M Shantangoudar's Bench ruled.

The court was hearing the Shamsuddin petition. He was born to a Muslim man, Muhammad Iliyas and Hindu woman, Valiyamma. Shamsuddin claimed his father's property stake.

In particular, the Trial Court and the Kerala High Court had given a decision in favor of Shamsuddin. The court took Mohammedan law seriously for this matter.

The bench also cleared air around Hindu-Muslim marriage. It said, "The legal effect of an 'irregular marriage' is that in the case of consumption, women are entitled to rights, but they are not entitled to receive the qualities of the husband. Participation in the father's property is to be given, the court has specified.

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