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Katherine Lyttelton

In the history of women’s rights and education the case of Rukhmabai in India is a pertinent one. Rukhmabai was a child bride who later took her husband to court when her in-laws insisted she move into the marital home. It was a case that gained much attention in the British press during the 1880s, bringing the issue of child marriage and the rights of women to the fore. Several letters both from and about Rukhmabai are held here in the Lyttleton collection of Queen Mary’s archives.

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