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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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A Challenge to Civilized Society

A Challenge to Civilized Society

(p.111) 4 A Challenge to Civilized Society
Enslaved Daughters

Sudhir Chandra

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the fear and worry associated with the Dadaji Bhikaji v. Rukhmabai case, which affected the traditional Hindu views on marriage. While some were openly against Rukhmabai and her show of defiance, there were some who viewed the case as a way to expose the conviction about the villainy of the Hindu law and the liberating power of colonial mediation. In fact, The Times credited Rukhmabai’s defiance as a way to teach Indian women about the rights of women in other places, which would lead to a general enfranchisement of the sex.

Keywords:   Dadaji Bhikaji v. Rukhmabai case, marriage, Hindu law, colonial mediation, The Times, general enfranchisement, rights of women

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