Based on a survey of more than 400 women in four different regions across the country, this seminal work lays bare the miserable financial conditions of separated/deserted women and the lengthy procedural obstacles that these women have to contend with to get any justice. It interrogates the absence of any laws that would give Indian women ownership rights in the property and assets that they have helped to acquire through financial or non-financial contributions in the marital home, and suggests that Community of Property should be made a part of law for all Indian women.
This work further challenges the conventional understanding of productive work and advocates recognition of the productive nature of women's household work. Another aspect discussed pertains to the pervasive scourge of dowry and how seldom women recover their dowry and stridhan through the law.
|Foreword Prabha Sridevan||Prabha Sridevan|
|General Information about the Surveyees|
|Work Status and Earning Capacity|
|Family Status and Lifestyle|
|Spousal and Child Support and the Dowry System|
|Social Status, Mobility, Skills and Decision-Making|
|Findings from Different Cities|
|Conclusion and Recommendations|