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Women and Law in India


ISBN13: 9780199467211
Published: August 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press India
Country of Publication: India
Format: Paperback
Price: £19.99



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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 and coded. 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 and judicial discourse.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , India
Contents:
Introduction by Flavia Agnes
Law and Gender Inequality
The Politics of Womenâs Rights in India
Abbreviations
Table of Cases
1. IntroductionâA Need for Rescrutiny
Part One: PRE-COLONIAL LEGAL STRUCTURES
2. Plurality of Hindu Law and Womenâs Rights Under It
3. Evolution of Islamic Law and Womenâs Spaces within It
4. Colonial Rule and Subversion of Rights
5. Politicization of Womenâs Rights
Part Two: POST-INDEPENDENCE DEVELOPMENTS
6. Hindu Law ReformsâStilted Efforts at Gender Justice
7. Erosion of Secular Principles
8. Communal Undertones Within Recent Judicial Decisions
Part Three: DEVELOPMENTS IN THE PERSONAL LAWS OF NON-MUSLIM MINORITIES
9. Legal Significance of the Parsi Community
10. Political Reformulation of Christian Personal Law
Part Four: CURRENT DEBATES
11. Model Drafts and Legal Doctrines
12. Strategies of Reform
13. Conclusion
Appendix I
Appendix II
Appendix III
Bibliography
Tables
Index
Enslaved Daughters
Colonialism, Law and Womenâs Rights
Prologue
1. Rukhmabai and Her Case
2. A Disputed Charter
3. The Law on Trial
4. A Challenge to Civilized Society
5. The Brutal Embrace: Let it Stand
Epilogue
AppendicesâA to E
Index
Hindu Women and Marriage Law
From Sacrament to Contract
Preface
1. Condition of Hindu Women during the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century
2. The Changing Concept of Hindu Marriage
3. The Age of Marriage
4. Shackles for the Widow
5. Dowry
6. Severing the Sacred Tie
7. The Right to Property
Epilogue
Glossary
Appendices
Bibliography
Index