This comparative study investigates the place of Hindu divorce in the Indian legal system and considers whether it offers a way out of a matrimonial crisis situation for women. Using the narratives of the social actors involved, it poses questions about the relationship between traditional jurisdictions located in rural areas and the larger legal culture of towns and cities in India, and also in the UK and USA. The multidisciplinary approach draws on research from the social sciences, feminist and legal studies and will be of interest to students and scholars of law, anthropology and sociology.

chapter 1|26 pages

Conceptualizing Hindu Divorce

chapter 2|42 pages


chapter 3|56 pages

Divorce Stories

chapter 4|36 pages

Custom and Law

chapter 5|52 pages

Gender Bias in Legal Debates

chapter 6|8 pages