Launch of a book on divorce laws
Written by Saumya Saxena, the book is about the Indian state’s difficult dialogue with divorce, which reconciles largely through religion
A new book on divorce laws and various religions of the post-colonial era was published here Saturday at the India International Center.
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The book ‘Divorce and Democracy: A History of Personal Law in Post-Independence India’ discusses family law, religion and gender politics in India.
Written by Saumya Saxena, a fellow of the British Academy in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, the book is about the Indian state’s difficult dialogue with divorce, which reconciles largely through religion.
It also explores the way of wedding and the divorce laws of Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities in postcolonial India.
“The book shows a dynamic interplay between law, religion, family, minority rights and gender in Indian politics,” Saxena told PTI.
“It also demonstrates that the framework of private-public divide, individual rights versus group rights and universal rights versus legal pluralism is insufficient to capture the particularities of religious personal laws in India,” she said. .
The book launch was followed by a book discussion in which Ambreen Agha (OP Jindal Global University), Laurence Gautier (Centre for Human Sciences), Hilal Ahmed (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies) and Rukmini Sen (Ambedkar University Delhi) participated.
When asked if the book will include the demands of both men and women, she replied, “I don’t dispute at all whether it should only promote the women but it would be realistic for us to recognize that it is mostly men who decide to divorce.