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Law and Gender InequalityThe Politics of Women's Rights in India$
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Flavia Agnes

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195655247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195655247.001.0001

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Hindu Law Reforms—Stilted Efforts at Gender Justice

Hindu Law Reforms—Stilted Efforts at Gender Justice

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Law and Gender Inequality

Flavia Agnes

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Hindu law reforms aimed at promoting gender justice in India during the post-independence period. It suggests that though the reformed Hindu law is projected as the ideal piece of legislation which liberated Hindu women, the underlying motive of the reform was consolidating the powers of the state and building an integrated nation. It also discusses how several discriminatory aspects of the personal laws came up for judicial scrutiny under the constitutional mandate of equality and non-discrimination.

Keywords:   Hindu law reforms, gender justice, India, post-independence period, Hindu women, personal laws, equality, non-discrimination

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