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Separated and Divorced Women in India
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Separated and Divorced Women in India
Economic Rights and Entitlements


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SAGE Law

© 2013 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Separated and Divorced Women in India examines the economic rights and entitlements of separated/deserted women in law and practice in India, and explores all the laws and policies relating to financial support for a wife or child that come into play once a separation or divorce has taken place.

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
Introduction  
Main Findings  
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  
 
Appendix
 
Bibliography
 
Index

This important study takes up an issue that has been neglected for far too long in Indian social science research as well as activism: the extremely dire conditions faced by separated and divorced women in India, and the abysmally inadequate legal entitlements generally obtained by them… The study makes clear recommendations for laws that conclusively establish women’s right to… at least half share of the assets of the couple during the period of living together… This study is a critical intervention in an important area that deserves to be widely read and acted upon with urgency.

Jayati Ghosh
Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

In a studied manner, the author has covered every legal aspect that relates to maintenance to be provided to women of di-erent religions in India. The study consciously looks ahead of the previous body of work available on this subject. In doing so, the study [does] not… [merely] limit itself to pointing out the various lacunae existing in the present legal framework, but also o-ers viable and e-ective solutions to mitigate this evil by ­lling the vacuum existing in this area.

Justice (Retd) Ajit Prakash Shah

The present study on the economic rights of divorced and separated women in India shall prove to be a landmark study. . . As a socially perceived, recognized and justiciable category, divorced and separated women in India occupy a grey zone… The study rightly refrains from both valorizing the institution of marriage and from taking the shape of being an ode to victimhood. It explores the possibilities that open up in the new life that a divorced and separated woman seeks to construct, the everyday negotiation of daily challenges, as well as her encounter with the deep-seated structural prejudices which restrain her from availing of legal options in pursuit of her aspirations… The sense of disquiet this study leaves you with is to be welcomed if a beginning is to be made in the search for answers.

Indu Agnihotri
Director, Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi

[The book] delves into the issue as to how women in India lose out completely if the marriage does not work out. The author, here, is more of a researcher, for she has interviewed women across Indian states to find out how women take all the ill-treatment...her conclusions are based on the qualitative as well the considerable number of her sample... a valuable piece of research that needs to be deliberated upon to improve the condition of Women who are divorced. The clear message of this book is to move from rhetoric to action.
The Sunday Guardian

The book aims to meticulously document the experiences of women who are separated or were deserted and look at the manner in which they live with their children and at their rights and entitlements in marital homes.

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