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Panch Parmeshwar

From 1955 onwards there has been a flurry of reforms in the Hindu family laws. The provision of monogamy was meant to protect Hindu women from polygamy. But how successful has the Hindu Marriage Act been in eradicating polygamy? There is no systematically collected data to assess this. However, it is quite clear that the government does not run campaigns to disseminate legal information the way it does with polio, AIDS or family planning. An eyewitness account of the proceedings of a caste panchayat in Haryana on the issue of bigamy shows what impact, if any, the law against polygamy has on the lives of ordinary Indians.

Freedom of Religion

spouse was a Christian of another sect or Freedom of Religion Jewish or a Muslim. So it essentially VASUDHA DHAGAMWAR TN Madan

Invasion of Criminal Law by Religion, Custom and Family Law

Family law, that decides on matters of social conduct and occupies the space demarcated by religion and custom largely makes up the `non-formal' aspect of the dual legal system in the country. The widespread and often insidious influence of family law, however, has been evident even in aspects of criminal law, which constitutes the formal legal system. This `criminalisation' of family law, the enduring presence of caste panchayats and the encroachment of religion and custom into criminal law has, this paper argues, led to a diminishing of the space and protection granted to women under the formal system. Its unfortunate consequences have also perpetuated certain ambiguities in the legal system and in some instances, even led to the denial of justice.

Outsiders on Internal Issues

'Outsiders' on 'Internal' Issues Vasudha Dhagamwar TO my knowledge, Gautam Navlakha has written twice in the recent past on the Muslim Women's Bill (MWB). In EPW of September 17, 1986, his article is called the 'Muslim Women's Bill: A Postscript' and in Hans, a Hindi magazine, it is called 'Andha Yug' or 'Blind Era' (December 1986). I would like to comment on both as well as on the wider issues involved.

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