The pact essay

Perhaps the most imaginative and innovative alternate to bigamy practised in Gujarat (until officially banned by the government) was the ‘companionship contract’ or the ‘maitri karar’. When the government banned such connived carnal contracts, a host of other extra-marital devices cropped up to circumvent the Hindu matrimonial law of monogamy and the provisions of the Indian Penal Code relating to bigamy. Some of them took the shape of ‘service contracts’, whilst others were called ‘caretaker arrangements’, still others were termed ‘guardianship agreements’ – and some were even called ‘nursing contracts’.

The pact essay

the pact essay

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