Politicization of Women’s Rights

Flavia Agnes

in Law and Gender Inequality

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195655247
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081189 | DOI:
Politicization of Women’s Rights

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This chapter focuses on the history of the politicisation of women’s rights in India. It explains that the struggle for women’s rights within the realm of family laws is entrenched within the nation’s struggle for independence during the period from 1857 to 1947 and during the establishment of personal laws. The politicisation process was initiated with the codification of laws after the administration of India was transferred from the East India Company to the British Crown. This chapter discusses the impact of the introduction of matrimonial statutes for Christians and Parsis on women’s highlights and chronicles how women’s rights became a highly contested issue within the discourse of national identity during the later part of the nineteenth century.

Keywords: women’s rights; politicisation; India; family laws; independence; personal laws; East India Company; British Crown; matrimonial statutes; national identity

Chapter.  6468 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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