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'Dowry' Revisited

South Asians and the Dowry Problem edited by Werner Menski; Vistaar Publications, New Delhi, 1999 pp 259.

Prostitution, Legalisation and Decriminalisation- Recent Debates

Decriminalisation Recent Debates Geetanjali Gangoli RECENT debates on prostitution and anti- prostitution laws in India have changed the parameters within which the debates around the issue have been conducted. Feminists have seen prostitution as being a violation of the rights of women, as constituting violence against women [D'Cunh a .1991 ]. More recently, the debate has been enriched by the voices of prostituted women, some of which have articulated their views somewhat differently. One such voice is the manifesto the Calcutta Sex Workers Union (1997) which offers a critique of patriarchal oppression while arguing for a shift in the prism through which their lives and work is viewed.

Towards Gender Just Laws

Towards Gender Just Laws Geetanjali Gangoli Gopika Solanki THE position paper presented by the Anveshi Law Team (EPW, March 1-8,1997:453-58) is a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate on gender just laws. As activists in the women's movement we agree with their critique of the conceptualisation, formulation and implementation of law and the legal process. We also share their concerns about the ways in which several significant issues have been co-opted by mainstream bodies such as the state and the hindutva forces.

Drafting Gender Just Laws

Nandita Gandhi Geetanjali Gangoli Nandita Shah The debate around the uniform civil code has become polarised into pro-UCC pro-BJP position versus a pro-personal laws and anti-UCC one, quite blurring the real problems about evolving gender just laws.

Anti-Bigamy Bill in Maharashtra-Wider Debate Needed

In December 1995, the two houses of the Maharashtra legislature hastily passed the Anti-Bigamy Bill which now awaits the president's assent. The main purpose of the bill appears to be to penalise Muslim men rather than to protect women of any faith.
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