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

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Personal Laws and Public Memory

The tussle between the state and the personal laws has been on for sometime now among both the Hindus and Muslims. But the representatives of neither community are very clear about the kind of reforms that can be undertaken in their personal laws. This is because of a collusion of complex factors such as patriarchy and religion. This article makes an interesting comparison between the Shah Bano case of the mid-1980s and the Rakhmabai case of a century ago and tries to explore the possibility of reforms in personal laws of both the communities.

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