Standard Name: Rukhmabai


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Textual Features Catharine Amy Dawson Scott
Rukhmabai presents in detail, largely ventriloquizing Rukhmabai herself, the actual story of the East Indian wife who used English law to challenge the validity of Hindu law regarding child marriages. The poem offers a fascinating...
Textual Production Catharine Amy Dawson Scott
Catharine Amy Dawson (later CADS ) published her second volume of feminist poetry, Idylls of Womanhood—dramatic monologues and other pieces including one about feminist cause célèbre Rukhmabai .
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Theme or Topic Treated in Text Henrietta Müller
One of its earliest issues advertised the efforts being made to raise money for travel and medical education for Rukhmabai (the Indian woman famously seeking escape from the marriage made for her when she was...


March 1884: Dadaji Bhikaji, the husband of Rukhmabai,...

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March 1884

Dadaji Bhikaji , the husband of Rukhmabai , a twenty-two-year-old Indian woman who had been married to him at the age of eleven, began legal proceedings in Bombay to force his wife to cohabit with him.

26 June 1885: The first of two letters to the Times of...

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26 June 1885

The first of two letters to the Times of India by Rukhmabai appeared under the pseudonym A Hindu Lady.

Late September 1885: Justice Pinhey of the Bombay High Court gave...

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Late September 1885

Justice Pinhey of the Bombay High Court gave the first verdict in the case against Rukhmabai : that her husband 's action to compel her to cohabit with him could not be maintained. This was...

9 April 1887: Following the appeal judgment which ordered...

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9 April 1887

Following the appeal judgment which ordered her to cohabit with her husband, Dadaji Bhikaji , a letter by Rukhmabai appeared in the LondonTimes.

September 1890: Rukhmabai, famous for her court case resulting...

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September 1890

Rukhmabai , famous for her court case resulting from her marriage as a child and now in London studying to become a medical doctor, weighed in on the subject of Indian Child Marriages: An Appeal...

19 March 1891: The Age of Consent to Marriage Bill was passed...

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19 March 1891

The Age of Consent to Marriage Bill was passed by the IndianLegislative Council; it raised the age of consent for girls from ten to twelve.


Rukhmabai, and Sudhir Chandra. “Appendix A: Rukhmabai’s Letter in <span data-tei-ns-tag="tei_title" data-tei-title-lvl=‘m’>The Times</span&gt”;. Enslaved Daughters, Oxford University Press, 1998, pp. 213-18.