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The Law on Trial

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/9780195695731.003.0003
The Law on Trial

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This chapter discusses the appeal against Pinhey’s judgment as it came up for hearing on March 12 and 18. Dadaji hired a third lawyer, Macpherson, while Rukhmabai opted to continue the hearing without Inverarity. The chapter provides a detailed account of the hearing, which involved the two senior most judges of the Bombay High Court, Chief Justice Sir Charles Sargent and Sir Lyttleton Holyoake Bayley. Two significant events during the hearing were Telang’s use of the Vyavahar Mayukha, which laid down the duties of a wife and a husband, and Rukhmabai’s utter refusal to live with Dadaji, opting to submit herself to the maximum penalty admissible under the law.

Keywords: appeal; Pinhey; hearing; Bombay High Court; Vyavahar Mayukha; maximum penalty

Chapter.  16149 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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