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This edited volume analyzes the different degrees of discrimination meted out to women by the country?s inheritance laws and the corresponding customary practices in tribal societies. It also exposes the current socio-legal structure in the country, which systematically denies women the accessibility to and ownership of productive resources.
Gender Discrimination in Land Ownership is XIth in the series ?Land Reforms in India?, initiated by the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. The volume contains 14 well-researched chapters through which distinguished scholars look into the discrimination faced by women in various states of India. Highlighting the fact that different regions subject women to varied forms of discrimination, these chapters reveal that these emanate from various customs and practices, Shastric prescriptions and the Muslim personal laws (Shariat) which were crystallized during the British regime and further consolidated in the post-colonial period through various union, state and concurrent laws.
Apart from describing the discrimination that women are subjected to in terms of legal rights, the collection also proposes ways to counter the same and encourages debate on the current Indian socio-legal system. With its two-pronged concern?analysis of reform laws and their impact on gender?this book will be of interest to academics in fields such as development economics, land laws, gender/women studies and sociology, as well as to policy-makers and administrators.
Table of Contents
Foreword RUDHRA GANGADHARAN and PADAMVIR SINGH
A Note from the Co-ordinator YATENDRA KUMAR
Editor?s Introduction: Understanding Land Rights of Women PREM CHOWDHRY
Marginalization of Women: Inheritance in Assam M PARWEZ
Need for an Ideological Struggle: Society and Law in Bihar HETUKAR JHA
Gendered Spaces: Agrarian Economy of Haryana RAJ MOHINI SETHI
Customary Practices, Law and Gender in Himachal Pradesh RAJ MOHINI SETHI
Addressing Legal Rights in Karnataka JENNIFER BROWN, KRIPA ANANTHPUR and RENEE GIOVARELLI
Residual Farmers on Household Land? Women and Second Generation Concerns of Regulation in Kerala PRAVEENA KODOTH
Gendering Land Reforms in Madhya Pradesh M RAJIVLOCHAN and MEETA RAJIVLOCHAN
Women and Inheritance Practices in Manipur KSH BIMOLA DEVI and SAROJ ARORA
Tribal Areas of Meghalaya : Land Ownership of Women M N KARNA
Need for a Paradigm Shift: Justice and Equality for Women in Orissa ASHA HANS, PADMAJA MISHRA and AMRITA MISHRA PATEL
PUDUCHERRY (PONDICHERRY)(Union Territory) Women?s Entitlement and Legal Position in Puducherry (Pondicherry) N RAJASEKHAR
Gender and Reform in Punjab RAJ MOHINI SETHI
Women?s Access and Rights to Land in Uttar Pradesh SAROJ ARORA and L C SINGHI
Analyzing Women?s Rights: A Field Study from West Bengal JENNIFER BROWN and SUJATA DAS CHOWDHURY