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Polygamy

Menski Werner

in Hindu Law

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699210
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699210.003.0010
Polygamy

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This chapter discusses and tries to analyze why and up to what extent the formal legal abolition of polygamy in Indian Hindu law does not fully represent social reality in India today. The chapter looks at the traditional Hindu law on polygamy, Hindu polygamy under the British rule, and the modernist abolition of Hindu polygamy. It also examines the consequences for the postmodern analysis of Hindu law.

Keywords: legal abolition; polygamy; Indian Hindu law; social reality; traditional Hindu law; British rule; modernist abolition; consequences

Chapter.  27209 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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