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Introduction by Flavia Agnes ; Law and Gender Inequality; The Politics of Womenas Rights in India; Abbreviations; Table of Cases ; 1. IntroductionaA Need for Rescrutiny; Part One: PRE-COLONIAL LEGAL STRUCTURES; 2. Plurality of Hindu Law and Womenas Rights Under It; 3. Evolution of Islamic Law and Womenas Spaces within It; 4. Colonial Rule and Subversion of Rights; 5. Politicization of Womenas Rights ; Part Two: POST-INDEPENDENCE DEVELOPMENTS ; 6. Hindu Law ReformsaStilted Efforts at Gender Justice; 7. Erosion of Secular Principles; 8. Communal Undertones Within Recent Judicial Decisions ; Part Three: DEVELOPMENTS IN THE PERSONAL LAWS OF NON-MUSLIM MINORITIES ; 9. Legal Significance of the Parsi Community; 10. Political Reformulation of Christian Personal Law ; Part Four: CURRENT DEBATES ; 11. Model Drafts and Legal Doctrines; 12. Strategies of Reform; 13. Conclusion ; Appendix I; Appendix II; Appendix III; Bibliography; Tables; Index ; Enslaved Daughters; Colonialism, Law and Womenas Rights ; Prologue ; 1. Rukhmabai and Her Case; 2. A Disputed Charter; 3. The Law on Trial; 4. A Challenge to Civilized Society; 5. The Brutal Embrace: Let it Stand ; Epilogue; AppendicesaA to E; Index ; Hindu Women and Marriage Law; From Sacrament to Contract ; Preface ; 1. Condition of Hindu Women during the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century; 2. The Changing Concept of Hindu Marriage; 3. The Age of Marriage; 4. Shackles for the Widow; 5. Dowry; 6. Severing the Sacred Tie; 7. The Right to Property; Epilogue; Glossary; Appendices; Bibliography; Index

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Flavia Agnes is a womenas rights lawyer. Sudhir Chandra is an independent historian. Monmayee Basu is Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi.

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