Law, Power and Justice: The Protection of Personal Rights in the Indian Penal Code

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"Dhagamwar's book has clearly brought out the fact that in spite of glib statements by government officials that atrocities against women are on the decrease or that the government is actively preparing to take stringent action against those committing atrocities, drastic action still needs to be taken if we want to continue calling ourselves a clivilised nation. Sensitive policy-makers should study the book if they really intend to implement the constitutional mandate of justice for all. "
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"Dhagamwar's book has clearly brought out the fact that in spite of glib statements by government officials that atrocities against women are on the decrease or that the government is actively preparing to take stringent action against those committing atrocities, drastic action still needs to be taken if we want to continue calling ourselves a clivilised nation. Sensitive policy-makers should study the book if they really intend to implement the constitutional mandate of justice for all. "
—Indian Journal of Gender Studies
Exploring the relationship between law, power and justice in colonial and independent India, Dhagamwar gives a vivid historical account of the making and working of the Indian Penal Code, especially in the areas that affect the personal liberty of the individual. She examines a large number of recent and historical judgements in which character and sexual ethics played a part, and then critically evaluates the outcome of these cases in terms of the manner in which they interpreted the Indian Penal Code.
This study shows the importance of a proper understanding of legal institutions and processes in a country where practice often departs greatly from principle. The author describes recent efforts and proposes ways to reform what are essentially colonial laws so that they can suit the needs of the changing times while serving the ends of justice.
This unique study of Indian criminal law will interest researchers and students of social and legal history, political science, and India Studies.
"The book is a serious study of the gross inequalities and injustice under which the less fortunate women of this country suffer. "
—Social Change
"This is a thought-provoking and concise account of the Indian Penal Code, as it was formulated from the 1830s, with particular emphasis on crimes against women, like rape, abduction, slavery and sale....The book remains a pioneering venture in a difficult field, and should be read by historians, lawyers, social scientists, and activists alike.
—Indian Economic and Social History Review
"This book had already received recognition in academic circles in its first edition. The present edition is an improvement in content as well as in production. It would be of great use to all those who are interested in studying the interaction between law and society and particularly on the use of law as an instrument of social change. "
—Economic and Political Weekly
"Vasudha Dhagamwar, a seasoned scholar and social activist, excels as an author. I enjoyed reading her recent book, lucidly written and packed with a wealth of thought and information. "
—Indian Journal of Social Science

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803994416
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392

Table of Contents

Introduction
PART ONE: SAFEGUARDS OF LIBERTY IN THE INDIAN PENAL CODE: THEORY AND PRACTICE
The British and India in the Nineteenth Century
The British Rulers of India
The Indian Penal Code
Indian Cases
Indian Cases
Slavery
Slavery in Modern India
The Dacoits of the Chambal Valley
PART TWO: PLUS CA CHANGE PLUS C'EST LA MEME CHOSE
Rape
Sati in Modern India
Murder Not So Foul
Conclusion

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