This study traces the growth of the concept of divorce through the Dharma.fastra, custom, case-law and legislation with special reference to the interpretation of the relevant provisions under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, pointing out how law has influenced society and vice versa. The work is comparative and presents a picture of the role played by English judicial precedent in Hindu law. For the legal profession as well as the student of modern comparative law this book should prove a valuable compact study.
The book is divided into 11 chapters. Chapter I is Introductory. Chapter II contains the Institution of Marriage and the Pre-statutory Hindu Law of Divorce. Chapter III depicts History of Divorce in England. The next four Chapters (IV-VII) discuss Adultery, Desertion, Cruelty and Insanity respectively. Chapter VIII discusses Dissolution of Marriage by Presumption of Death. Chapter IX mentions Grounds of Divorce Available to the Wife. Chapter X mentions Grounds for Divorce of Hindu Law and Chapter XI draws the conclusion. The book is further enriched with Bibliography, Comments in Notes, Table of statutes and cases, Abbreviations and Index.
The authoress is an Indian lady who is a graduate of London University and a Barrister of the Middle Temple. She has taught law at the University of Sheffield for the year 1967-68, and is immensely interested in law and legal writings.
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