Indian Law of Marriage & Divorce



Kumud Desai’s Indian Law of Marriage and Divorce is a comprehensive commentary on the personal laws of the country, relevant Central and State Acts, and Rules, including a part dedicated to general principles relating to matrimonial laws. To aid the understanding of the reader, the book is divided into nine parts, in addition to an exhaustive list of appendices. The latest legal and judicial position is captured under each of the eight parts, and the ninth part contains general principles which are common to all personal laws; constituting a crux of the analysis in the preceding parts. Moreover, this book is the first of its kind, which seeks to examine in detail the issue of gender equity in the matter of divorce in Muslim personal law of India through three dimensional perspective; legal, sociological and Constitutional, relying on substantive empirical data.

This new edition has been revised and updated with important judicial pronouncements and legislative developments, making it an essential reference for judges, legal practitioners, academicians, researchers and students.

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Kumud Desai, M.A., Barrister-at-Law Seventh Edition Revised by Prof. Kusum Kusum, MA., LL.M. (Delhi University) is a former research professor from the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi, a premier legal research Institute in the country. She has authored and co-authored several books and projects; a regular writer for leading newspapers, magazines and law journals, she has been a columnist for “Caravan” (a fortnightly from Delhi) and “Imprint” (a monthly periodical from Bombay). She has been on deputation to the Law Commission of India, and is also associated with the National Commission for Women and Delhi Legal Services Authority. As a recipient of UNDP Human Rights Fellowship and also a founder director member of the International Association of Bioethics (Australia) she has visited  various countries, like Australia, New-Zealand, China, Korea, France, Holland, UK, Switzerland, Sweden, etc., to attend conferences and seminars and pressent papers and reports.