The Kiplings and India: A Collection of Writings from British India, 1870-1900

Rukhmabai and Age of Consent Debates

Rukhmabai and her famous case, Dadaji vs. Rakhmabai, are credited with drawing attention to consent as part of the nineteenth-century debate on Hindu child marriage. Her letters were published in The Times of Indiaand the arguments she raised even elicited a response from Queen Victoria herself. The popular response both in England and India is seen by many historians as contributing to the passage of the 1891 Age of Consent Act.

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