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

From 1955 onwards there has been a flurry of reforms in the Hindu family laws. The provision of monogamy was meant to protect Hindu women from polygamy. But how successful has the Hindu Marriage Act been in eradicating polygamy? There is no systematically collected data to assess this. However, it is quite clear that the government does not run campaigns to disseminate legal information the way it does with polio, AIDS or family planning. An eyewitness account of the proceedings of a caste panchayat in Haryana on the issue of bigamy shows what impact, if any, the law against polygamy has on the lives of ordinary Indians.

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