Hindu Law Reforms—Stilted Efforts at Gender Justice

Flavia Agnes

in Law and Gender Inequality

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195655247
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081189 | DOI:
Hindu Law Reforms—Stilted Efforts at Gender Justice

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This chapter examines Hindu law reforms aimed at promoting gender justice in India during the post-independence period. It suggests that though the reformed Hindu law is projected as the ideal piece of legislation which liberated Hindu women, the underlying motive of the reform was consolidating the powers of the state and building an integrated nation. It also discusses how several discriminatory aspects of the personal laws came up for judicial scrutiny under the constitutional mandate of equality and non-discrimination.

Keywords: Hindu law reforms; gender justice; India; post-independence period; Hindu women; personal laws; equality; non-discrimination

Chapter.  6365 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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