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...Illustration by C R Sasikumar At a recent meeting to discuss the plight of women married to Indians living abroad (“NRI marriages”), a woman lawyer from Punjab suggested pre-nuptial agreements with specific clauses to protect them against divorces in foreign courts on the ground of an irretrievable breakdown of marriage. The first response was that at the time of marriage, the brides lack agency and smart NRI grooms will manipulate the pre-nup to the detriment of women — a valid concern. However, the next comment by a senior judge, that it would amount to aping the West where marriages are contractual, whereas Hindu marriages are sacred unions, took me by surprise. ...Indian Express on June 12, 2017, 12:17 a.m.
... The affidavit filed by the government of India before the Supreme Court and the questionnaire released by the law commission on the uniform civil code have rightly given rise to apprehensions among the Muslim community. These apprehensions could have been avoided since the concern towards gender justice is directed towards the Muslim community and projects Hindu law as egalitarian, uniform and gender-just. The media seems to echo this position and most talk shows are also framed within this faulty framework. But nothing can be farther from the truth. It is time to examine Hindu laws, customs and social ethos for their gender-unjust practices. While examining the discrimination within Hindu law, the continuation of the Hindu undivided family property is perceived as its main lacuna. ...Indian Express on Nov. 17, 2016, midnight