INDIA: New Rules for Women

Up to last week, a Hindu who wanted to get rid of his wife had only to say: "Get thee to thy father's house: I will take another." Hindu .custom permitted polygamy, although it was a general practice only among the rich and among India's 35 million Moslems.

All that changed last week, when the Indian Parliament debated a new Marriage Act to reform the 3,000-year-old Hindu laws.

The best arguments for emancipating women from the archaic system, said handsome Prime Minister Nehru, are Indian women themselves. "I am proud of their beauty,...

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