The Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, 1956, regulate the laws pertaining to minority and guardianship among Hindus. It extends to whole of India except for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Few important definitions under the Act are:
- Minor: A minor is a person who has not completed the age of eighteen years.
- Guardian: A guardian is a person having the care of the person of a minor or of his property or of both his person and property, and includes – A natural guardian.
- A guardian appointed by the will of the minor’s father or mother.
- A guardian appointed or declared by a court.
- A person empowered to act as such by or under any enactment relating to any Court of Wards.