Hindu women in India have independent right of ownership to property under the Law of Succession (The Hindu Succession Act, 1956). However, during the last five decades of its operation not many women have exercised their rights under the enactment. This volume addresses the issue of Hindu peasant women's ability to effectuate the statutory rights to succession and assert ownership of their share in family land. The work combines a critical evaluation of law with economic analyses into allocation of resources within the family as a means of addressing gender relations and explaining resulting gender inequalities.
Contents: Preface; Introduction; A conceptual map; The development of females' proprietory rights in Hindu law; Conversations: what women think; An evaluation of women's self-interest in the Hindu law of succession; Women, work and land rights; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.