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Hindu Widow Marriage

Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar


Before the passage of the Hindu Widow's Re-marriage Act of 1856, Hindu tradition required a woman to live as a virtual outcast after her husband's death. Widows were expected to shave their heads, discard their jewelry, live in seclusion, and undergo regular acts of penance. This book's author was the first Indian intellectual to argue successfully against these strictures. The author was a leading proponent of widow marriage in colonial India, urging his contemporaries to reject a ban that caused countless women to suffer needlessly. The author's strategy paired a rereading of Hindu scripture ... More

Keywords: Hindu, widows, widow marriage, colonial India, Hindu scripture, Hindu law, Hindu custom, Indian social reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231156332
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156332.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar, author
Tufts University

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