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Vandana Shah

Lawyer and author

Vandana Shah is a practising lawyer in the Family Court and also living her dramatic dream of also being an author and writer.

Grab a copy of her new book Ex-Files: The Story of My Divorce by Penguin and Shobhaa De.


Why Governments Are Like Marriages

When election fever strikes, voters, myself included, rush enthusiastically to voting booths to usher a change. We also exhort other voters to cast their vote and be a part of forming the government....
14/03/2017 2:29 PM IST
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Triple Talaq And The Dilemmas Of Salma, Shaheen And Sajjida

There’s been a lot of debate around the issue of triple talaq of late, especially since the Supreme Court started hearing a petition questioning its legal validity. Here, rather than going into the merits of the petition, I want to present the sociolegal aspects of triple talaq as experienced by three Muslim women -- Salma (28), Shaheen (45) and Sajjida (48) – who spoke to me in my capacity as a lawyer about the travails they are facing.
06/09/2016 12:16 PM IST

Church Divorces: Legal Or Not?

Although the Catholic Church does not permit divorce, it does have an internal legal process that allows believers to obtain a ruling that a marriage bond wasn't valid on the grounds of one or more defects. If such a finding is obtained, then a Catholic is able to remarry with the recognition of their church. A new Supreme Court ruling, however, forces Catholics to seek a secular divorce as well.
01/09/2016 1:09 PM IST
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Interim Maintenance During Divorce Is Not Always The Wife’s Legal Right

Interim maintenance is usually considered to be the right of a woman going through a divorce and rightly so because of the tough financial conditions she may face as the marriage is dismantled. But what happens if the woman is working and capable of providing for herself financially? Let me illustrate with an interesting case that I am handling.
11/08/2016 2:43 PM IST

Sexual Harassment At Work: The Law Is On Your Side

Recently, the much celebrated climate scientist Dr. RK Pachauri was in the news for all the wrong reasons. People were shocked, including myself: I had interacted with him in the past and found him to be charming and courteous. Yet, somewhere along the way, this accomplished man was accused, with plenty of evidence to back the allegations, of sexual harassment at the workplace. So, what are the laws protecting Indian women from sexual harassment?
25/07/2016 6:30 PM IST
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Kick Abuse Out Of Your Life

When the world's oldest woman credits her longevity to two raw eggs a day and walking out of a miserable marriage ("I didn't want to be dominated by anyone," she explained), it's time to pause and think. Take or leave the raw eggs, but domestic abuse is something no one should tolerate.
25/05/2016 8:17 AM IST