Women and Law in India by Flavia Agnes

Women and Law in India

byFlavia Agnes, Sudhir Chandra, Monmayee Basu

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This omnibus brings together three significant works on gender equality which comprehensively analyse key issues including women's rights, social justice, and empowerment. Together, the books span legal change in India over two centuries when women's rights were negotiated, rewritten andcoded. In doing so they provide a comprehensive and significant understanding of why progressive laws, once passed, continue to be implemented in such a limited manner. They highlight the fact that legislations in the past fifty years have not brought gender equality in any real sense.In an introduction especially written for this collection, social activist and women's rights lawyer Flavia Agnes explores the complex relationship between notions of patriarchy, sexuality, property, and the manner in which they are normalized and essentialized through state intervention andjudicial discourse.

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Flavia Agnes is a women's rights lawyer. Sudhir Chandra is an independent historian. Monmayee Basu is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delhi.
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Title:Women and Law in IndiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:780 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:September 8, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Flavia Agnes: IntroductionLaw and Gender InequalityThe Politics of Women's Rights in IndiaAbbreviationsTable of Cases1. Introduction: A Need for RescrutinyPart One: PRE-COLONIAL LEGAL STRUCTURES2. Plurality of Hindu Law and Women's Rights Under It3. Evolution of Islamic Law and Women's Spaces within It4. Colonial Rule and Subversion of Rights5. Politicization of Women's Rights Part Two: POST-INDEPENDENCE DEVELOPMENTS6. Hindu Law Reforms: Stilted Efforts at Gender Justice7. Erosion of Secular Principles8. Communal Undertones Within Recent Judicial Decisions Part Three: DEVELOPMENTS IN THE PERSONAL LAWS OF NON-MUSLIM MINORITIES9. Legal Significance of the Parsi Community10. Political Reformulation of Christian Personal Law Part Four: CURRENT DEBATES11. Model Drafts and Legal Doctrines12. Strategies of Reform13. Conclusion Appendix IAppendix IIAppendix IIIBibliographyTablesIndexEnslaved DaughtersColonialism, Law and Women's RightsPrologue1. Rukhmabai and Her Case2. A Disputed Charter3. The Law on Trial4. A Challenge to Civilized Society5. The Brutal Embrace: Let it Stand EpilogueAppendices: A to EIndexHindu Women and Marriage LawFrom Sacrament to ContractPreface1. Condition of Hindu Women during the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century2. The Changing Concept of Hindu Marriage3. The Age of Marriage4. Shackles for the Widow5. Dowry6. Severing the Sacred Tie7. The Right to PropertyEpilogueGlossaryAppendicesBibliographyIndex