Chapter

Divorce

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/9780195699210.003.0011
Divorce

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This chapter discusses divorce in Hindu law. It begins by examining all the conflicting evidence about the nature of divorce in ancient Hindu law, inspects the rather meagre reformist efforts during the colonial period, and concentrates on the modernist reforms of Hindu divorce law in the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955 and its subsequent amendments. It also looks at the traditional Hindu concepts of divorce, reforms during the British rule and in independent India, and postmodern divorce law.

Keywords: divorce; nature of divorce; ancient Hindu law; reformist efforts; modernist reforms; amendments; postmodern divorce law; traditional Hindu concepts; Hindu Marriage Act of 1955

Chapter.  28829 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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