Flavia Agnes

in Law and Gender Inequality

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195655247
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081189 | DOI:

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the history of women’s rights in India. This historical exploration was undertaken to gauge the nature and scope of law reform which is imperative to reverse the current trend of poverty and destitution among women. The analysis reveals that the history of women’s rights is not linear with the religious and customary laws forming one extreme end of the scale and the statutory reforms slowly and steadily progressing towards the other end, as it is popularly believed. The findings also suggest that women’s rights are not only constrained by a uniform set of patriarchal norms but are also shaped and moulded by several social, economic and political currents.

Keywords: women’s rights; India; law reform; poverty; destitution; customary laws; statutory reforms; patriarchal norms

Chapter.  5035 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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