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Sudhir Chandra

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195695731

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195695731.001.0001

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Rukhmabai and Her Case

Rukhmabai and Her Case

(p.15) 1 Rukhmabai and Her Case
Enslaved Daughters

Sudhir Chandra

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the case of Rukhmabai, who was caught in the midst of a legal battle between her husband, Dadaji, and her stepfather, Sakharam. In India, it is a custom for females to stop studying after they got married and live with their husbands. Rukhmabai is a special case; she refused to cohabit with Dadaji and continued to self-learn. That was the main reason why Dadaji filed a legal suit against his wife and Sakharam. Before the case was even brought to court, Rukhmabai wrote insightful letters called ‘A Hindu Lady’, which she published in the Times of India. The chapter also looks in detail at the judgment of Pinhey, which immediately aroused diametrically opposed reactions.

Keywords:   Rukhmabai, cohabit, legal battle, self-learn, Times of India, A Hindu Lady, Pinhey

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