INTRODUCTION—<i>A Need for Rescrutiny</i>

Flavia Agnes

in Law and Gender Inequality

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195655247
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081189 | DOI:
INTRODUCTION—A Need for Rescrutiny

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This chapter discusses the rationale for this study on women’s rights in India. It explains that the issue of women’s rights and family law reform has been increasingly entangled within the polemics of identity politics and minority rights and that there has been a tendency among social activists to project the demand for an all-encompassing Uniform Civil Code (UCC) as a magic wand which will eliminate the woes and sufferings of Indian women in general and of minority women in particular. This study is an attempt to map the issue of gender and law reform upon a broad canvas of history and politics and explore strategies which could safeguard women’s rights within a sphere of complex social and political boundaries.

Keywords: women’s rights; India; family law reform; identity politics; minority rights; UCC; social activists; Indian women

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Subjects: Family Law

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