Women and the Law in India Omnibus

Hardcover | December 20, 2004

bySudhir Chandra, Monmayee Basu, Flavia Agnes

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The common thread that unites the three books is mapping the issue of equality before law and various issues relating to women's rights, social justice, and empowerment. The new Introduction by Flavia Agnes discusses the process of legal change. The omnibus forms a comprehensive andsignificant study for understanding why progressive laws, once passed, continue to be implemented in such limited manner. It highlights that legistlation even in the past fifty years have not brought equality even though lip service is paid to it by policy-makers. Sudhir Chandra studies the case of Rukhmabai wherein he reveals the inner working of the legal system during the colonial period and studies the conflicting and overlapping ideologies which underpinned it. This proves an essential reading in legal social and women's history of the period. MonmayeeBasu takes the subject further. Her book is an in-depth study of the development and changes in the Hindu marriage laws are analysed to explain women's position in society. Flavia Agnes takes up the newer/contemporary struggles for reforms related to women. Her work interweaves numerous perspectivesinto a meaningful whole. The analysis is backed by facts and cases. She takes up the important issue of Uniform Civil Code and has exposed the communal undertones of some of the recent judicial pronouncements.

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The common thread that unites the three books is mapping the issue of equality before law and various issues relating to women's rights, social justice, and empowerment. The new Introduction by Flavia Agnes discusses the process of legal change. The omnibus forms a comprehensive andsignificant study for understanding why progressive la...

Sudhir Chandra is at Centre for Social Studies, Surat. Monmayee Basu is at Hansraj College, University of Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1026 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 1.57 inPublished:December 20, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195667670

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Table of Contents

Enslaved Daughters: Prologue1. Rukhmabai and Her Case2. A Disputed Charter3. The Law on Trial4. A Challenge to Civilized Society5. The Brutal Embrace: Let it StandEpilogueAppendices- A to EIndexHindu Women and Marriage Law: Acknowledgements; Preface1. 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 PropertyEpilogueGlossaryAppendices I, II, III, IVBibliographyIndexLaw and Gender Inequality: Abbreviations; Table of Cases1. Introduction - A Need for Rescrutiny Part 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 RightsPart Two: POST-INDEPENDENCE DEVELOPMENTS6. Hindu Law Reforms- Stolted Efforts at Gender Justice7. Erosion of Secular Principles8. Communal Undertones Within Recent Judicial DecisionsPArt Three: DEVELOPMENTS IN THE PERSONAL LAWS OF NON-MUSLIM MINORITIES9. Legal Significance of the Parsi Community10. Political Reformulation of Christian Personal LawPart Four: CURRENT DEBATES11. Model Drafts and Legal Doctrines12. Strategies of Reform13. ConclusionAppendix IBibliographyTablesIndex