Plurality of Hindu Law and Women’s Rights Under it

Flavia Agnes

in Law and Gender Inequality

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195655247
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081189 | DOI:
Plurality of Hindu Law and Women’s Rights Under it

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This chapter explores whether the plurality of Hindu law has permitted any space for negotiating women’s rights. It examines the diverse sources of Hindu law, the various regional and local customs which granted women rights, and the heterogeneous characteristics of the Indian society governed by the Hindu law. It suggests that the present day Hindu community governed by the Hindu laws with their Brahminical tilt and an Anglo-Saxon base, is more a legal fiction than a religious entity or a social reality and that it was, in effect, an attempt to impose an alien and higher caste system of law upon a pluralistic society.

Keywords: Hindu law; women’s rights; regional customs; local customs; Indian society; pluralistic society

Chapter.  6967 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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