ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Doll's House

In two recent incidents that involved panchayats making extra-legal decisions about women's lives, the interpretation of customs and laws went against the wishes of the concerned women. In one case, Islam was quoted for the legitimacy of the decision taken and, in the other, caste traditions under Hinduism were cited. That these panchayats should resort to the customs and rules of practised religion, which are in any case disdainful of women's rights, to deliver decisions is unacceptable. The panchayats have to be brought in line with the laws of the land and the values of the Indian Constitution.

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