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Reentry of Eve in the Garden of Eden

O. Chinnappa Reddy

in The Court and the Constitution of India

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066286
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081462 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198066286.003.0021
Reentry of Eve in the Garden of Eden

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Mahatma Gandhi was responsible for inspiring a new faith and self-confidence in Indian women. He helped women find a new dignity in public life, a new place in the national mainstream, a new confidence, a new self-view, and a consciousness that they could themselves act against oppression. Indian women are entitled to every one of the fundamental rights in the Constitution as men are and Article 14, which confers equality before law and equal protection of the laws makes no distinction between men and women. However, equality between the sexes guaranteed by the Constitution remained and continues to remain a paper glory, since the conditions necessary to avail the right to equal opportunity do not exist and have not even been attempted to be created for the masses of the women of the country. This chapter discusses gender bias against women of all religions in matters of succession to property, marriage, and divorce, as well as women's rights related to dowry, rape, sexual harassment, and reservations.

Keywords: India; Mahatma Gandhi; women; women's rights; equality; Constitution; dowry; rape; sexual harassment; reservations

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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