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Title: Seeking Gender Equality in the Family Sphere: A Comparative Legal History of Women's Inheritance Rights in India, Hong Kong and Singapore
Authors: JULIETTE GREGORY DUARA
Keywords: inheritance, customary law, comparative legal history
Issue Date: 23-Jul-2010
Source: JULIETTE GREGORY DUARA (2010-07-23). Seeking Gender Equality in the Family Sphere: A Comparative Legal History of Women's Inheritance Rights in India, Hong Kong and Singapore. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper examines how and to what extent the encounter with colonial and post-colonial modernity created space for change in gender power in the inheritance systems of Hong Kong, India and Singapore, Asian societies which all share a common British legacy. Structured chronologically, the thesis examines developments among three customary legal systems: Hindu, Chinese and Muslim. The thesis concludes that throughout most of the colonial era women's property rights did not figure in any progressive agenda. This is not to say that women never benefitted from British property policy; it is to say that any benefits so accrued were incidental to decisions made for other purposes. The most sweeping changes were initiated later by representative governments. As for the minority Muslim communities of India and Singapore, they effectively worked to develop their autonomy from the prevailing succession laws of both colonial and independent states.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/18634
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