A Challenge to Civilized Society

Sudhir Chandra

in Enslaved Daughters

Second edition

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195695731
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080311 | DOI:
A Challenge to Civilized Society

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This chapter discusses the fear and worry associated with the Dadaji Bhikaji v. Rukhmabai case, which affected the traditional Hindu views on marriage. While some were openly against Rukhmabai and her show of defiance, there were some who viewed the case as a way to expose the conviction about the villainy of the Hindu law and the liberating power of colonial mediation. In fact, The Times credited Rukhmabai’s defiance as a way to teach Indian women about the rights of women in other places, which would lead to a general enfranchisement of the sex.

Keywords: Dadaji Bhikaji v. Rukhmabai case; marriage; Hindu law; colonial mediation; The Times; general enfranchisement; rights of women

Chapter.  21146 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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