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Modern Legal Framework
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Modern legal structures and laws in India impinge on Hinduism in two distinct ways. First, a system of personal law that was first introduced by the British and continued under the Indian Constitution exists under the name Hindu law and is applied as the family law of Hindus. Second, other practices and institutions of Hinduism not dealt with under Hindu law are also …

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Davis, Donald R., “Modern Legal Framework”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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