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Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956

3. Definitions

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) the expressions "custom" and "usage" signify any rule which, having been continuously and uniformly observed for a long time, has obtained the force of law among Hindus in any local area, tribe, community, group or family:

PROVIDED that the rule is certain and not unreasonable or opposed to public policy:

PROVIDED FURTHER that, in the case of a rule applicable only to a family, it has not been discontinued by the family;

(b) "maintenance" includes-

(i) in all cases, provision for food, clothing, residence, education and medical attendance and treatment;

(ii) in the case of an unmarried daughter, also the reasonable expenses of and incidents to her marriage;

(c) "minor" means a person who has not completed his or her age of eighteen years.

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