Hindu women in India have independent right of ownership to property under the Law of Succession (The Hindu Succession Act, 1956). However, during the last five decades of its operation not many women have exercised their rights under the enactment. This volume addresses the issue of Hindu peasant women's ability to effectuate the statutory rights to succession and assert ownership of their share in family land. The work combines a critical evaluation of law with economic analyses into allocation of resources within the family as a means of addressing gender relations and explaining resulting gender inequalities.

chapter 1|11 pages


chapter 2|29 pages

A Conceptual Map

chapter 4|14 pages

Conversations: What Women Think

chapter 6|17 pages

Women, Work and Land Rights

chapter 7|9 pages