Property Rights of Hindu Women in the Context of Ownership, Transfer and Transmission of Property : An Epigraphical Analysis

Property Rights of Hindu Women in the Context of Ownership, Transfer and Transmission of Property : An Epigraphical Analysis:

Research Deliberation- An International Journal for Humanities and Social Science, May 2015, ISSN-2395-7778

ABSTRACT

Inscriptions are valuable source to reconstruct ourpast. They help to understand the actual conditions that prevailed in the Hindu society that were strictly guided by the laws coded in various scriptures. Inscriptions have preserved valuable data about women that is well stacked in the milieu of time and space. Mostly votive, administrative and eulogistic in nature they hold diverse information not only on the society and polity but also on the economic rights enjoyed by women. The inscriptions were always a realm of the epigraphists. They were never adequately sifted by
the historians in their quest for reconstruction of history of Indian women. Our understanding of the position of women in the Hindu society is mainly based on the textual sources. Property rights of Hindu women as revealed by inscriptions in the context of ownership, transfer and transmission of property are objectively analyzed in this paper. Exhaustive inscriptional data has served as the authentic means to validate its historical perspective.

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