Hindu Widow Marriage

Hindu Widow Marriage

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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. Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar was the first Indian intellectual to successfully argue against these cruelties. A Sanskrit scholar and passionate social reformer, Vidyasagar was a leading proponent… (more)


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Publisher: Columbia University Press (November 15, 2011)

Format: EPUB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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