Separated and Divorced Women in India examines the economic rights and entitlements of separated/deserted women in law and practice in India, and explores all the support laws and policies for a wife or child that come into play once a separation or divorce has taken place.
Based on a survey of more than 400 women in four different regions across the country, this seminal work lays bare the lengthy procedural obstacles that women have to contend with to get any justice. It interrogates the absence of any laws that would give Indian women ownership rights in the property and assets that they have helped to acquire in the marital home, and suggests that community of property should be made part of Indian law for all communities.
This work further challenges the conventional understanding of productive work and advocates recognition of the productive nature of women's household work. Another aspect discussed pertains to the pervasive scourge of dowry and how seldom women recover their dowry and stridhan through the law.