Alimony For Widows and Divorcees
[2:240] Those who die and leave wives, a will shall provide their wives with support for a year, provided they stay within the same household. If they leave, you commit no sin by letting them do whatever they wish, so long as righteousness is maintained. GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.
[2:241] The divorcees also shall be provided for, equitably. This is a duty upon the righteous.
[2:242] GOD thus explains His revelations for you, that you may understand.
This is a great verse in support for women’s rights. God is instituting a safety net for the benefit of the women giving her at a minimum a year of financial support if the husband passes or due to divorce. Additionally God is allowing the widows and divorcees to be able to carry on with their lives without scrutiny as long as righteousness is maintained. In many cultures the widows are scrutinized if they pursue to find another husband and carry on in their lives. Many people want to see them not to remarry and live their lives in continuous grief.
Hindu Widows’ Remarriage Act, 1856
“The Hindu Widows’ Remarriage Act, 1856, also Act XV, 1856, enacted on 25 July 1856, legalized the remarriage of Hindu widows in all jurisdictions of India under East India Company rule. In order to protect both what it considered family honour and family property, upper-caste Hindu society had long disallowed the remarriage of widows, even child and adolescent ones, all of whom were expected to live a life of austerity and abnegation. The Hindu Widows’ Remarriage Act of 1856, enacted in response to the campaign of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, provided legal safeguards against loss of certain forms of inheritance for a remarrying Hindu widow, though, under the Act, the widow forsook any inheritance due her from her deceased husband. Especially targeted in the act were Hindu child widows whose husbands had died before consummation of marriage.”