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Rukhmabai and Her Case

Sudhir Chandra

in Enslaved Daughters

Second edition

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195695731
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080311 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195695731.003.0001
Rukhmabai and Her Case

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This chapter discusses the case of Rukhmabai, who was caught in the midst of a legal battle between her husband, Dadaji, and her stepfather, Sakharam. In India, it is a custom for females to stop studying after they got married and live with their husbands. Rukhmabai is a special case; she refused to cohabit with Dadaji and continued to self-learn. That was the main reason why Dadaji filed a legal suit against his wife and Sakharam. Before the case was even brought to court, Rukhmabai wrote insightful letters called ‘A Hindu Lady’, which she published in the Times of India. The chapter also looks in detail at the judgment of Pinhey, which immediately aroused diametrically opposed reactions.

Keywords: Rukhmabai; cohabit; legal battle; self-learn; Times of India; A Hindu Lady; Pinhey

Chapter.  15238 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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