TITLE

UNFOLDING THE REALITY OF ISLAMIC RIGHTS OF WOMEN: MAHR AND MAINTENANCE RIGHTS IN INDIA

AUTHOR(S)
Hussain, Sabiha
PUB. DATE
July 2013
SOURCE
Pakistan Journal of Women's Studies;2013, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p29
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Islam makes mahr obligatory whether written in the marriage certificate or not. The main object of mahr is to offer protection to the wife against the arbitrary use of divorce by the husband. As far as the maintenance of a divorced woman is concerned, the Qur'an requires a man to look after her properly. The reality, however, is much more complex. The practicing Islamic law in India makes women's position weak in matrimonial issues. Social practices, however, vary and differ widely from the provision of law. This article discusses some of the issues related to the payment of mahr (dower) and nān nafaqāh (maintenance rights of Muslim women) and seeks to explore several of its aspects, including how it is practised, and what are the legal, social, and financial problems faced by divorced women in claiming their rights and entitlements.
ACCESSION #
98409048

 

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