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Debating Patriarchy: The Hindu Code Bill Controversy in India (1941–1956)

Chitra Sinha


The book explores a significant episode of Indian social history, the Hindu Code Bill controversy that stirred the Indian social consciousness in the mid-twentieth century. Revisiting the communicative processes surrounding the reform of Hindu customary laws relating to marriage, divorce, succession, adoption, and maintenance, the book provides an in-depth account of the intense debate that took place in and outside the legislature involving political groups, social associations, religious organizations, legal associations, and the women’s movement. Placing the debate in a historical continuum ... More

Keywords: Hindu Code Bill, Hindu Law Committee, Family Law reform, Codification of Hindu Law, Religion and Law, Women’s movement, National Movement, Social Reform Movement, Oral Evidence to Hindu Law Committee, Written Evidence to Hindu law Committee

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198078944
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198078944.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chitra Sinha, author
Royal University for Women, Bahrain