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Enslaved DaughtersColonialism, Law and Women's Rights$
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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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The Law on Trial

The Law on Trial

(p.73) 3 The Law on Trial
Enslaved Daughters

Sudhir Chandra

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the appeal against Pinhey’s judgment as it came up for hearing on March 12 and 18. Dadaji hired a third lawyer, Macpherson, while Rukhmabai opted to continue the hearing without Inverarity. The chapter provides a detailed account of the hearing, which involved the two senior most judges of the Bombay High Court, Chief Justice Sir Charles Sargent and Sir Lyttleton Holyoake Bayley. Two significant events during the hearing were Telang’s use of the Vyavahar Mayukha, which laid down the duties of a wife and a husband, and Rukhmabai’s utter refusal to live with Dadaji, opting to submit herself to the maximum penalty admissible under the law.

Keywords:   appeal, Pinhey, hearing, Bombay High Court, Vyavahar Mayukha, maximum penalty

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