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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 wit
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.
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.
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.
This book marks a significant contribution to the body of Knowledge in gender and legal studies by presenting detailed and disaggregated data by social strata, religion and region...Singh sheds light on a wider range of issues such as work and income, separation and extended families, causes of separation and divorce, vale of housework, stress and anxiety levels, loss of career opportunities, ownership of property, other assets, stridhan and dowry...makes a strong case for legal reform and strengthening the civil law....