Law, custom, and statutory social reform: the Hindu Widows' Remarriage Act of 1856

  title={Law, custom, and statutory social reform: the Hindu Widows' Remarriage Act of 1856},
  author={Lucy Carroll},
  journal={Indian Economic \& Social History Review},
  pages={363 - 388}
  • Lucy Carroll
  • Published 1983
  • Sociology
  • Indian Economic & Social History Review
When the British assumed judicial responsibility in India, there were several diverse systems of law existing. Not only were there literary traditions of Hanafi and Ithna Ashari Muslim Law and the Dayabhaga and Mitakshara schools of Hindu Law, but there were also numerous practical traditions of Customary Law, applicable to caste, tribe, linefiige or family group. In assuming judicial powers and responsibilities over Indian territory in the late eighteenth century, the British rulers promised… Expand
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