This book critically examines gender-based violence in India and interrogates the legal and policy discourse surrounding it. It discusses various forms of violence faced by women such as sex selective abortion, trafficking, rape, domestic violence, as well as the violence faced by female sex workers and transgenders in India. It draws on in-depth interviews and case studies to highlight the socio-economic conditions of the survivors who find themselves forced to contend with legal and policy framework that is inadequate to deal with these issues. The author analyses the major laws against violence and the policies introduced to ameliorate the condition of survivors in order to understand the potential and challenges of these initiatives from a postmodern and feminist perspective. The book also addresses the survivors’ realisation of agency and resistance which is seen to be expressed both sporadically and on day-to-day basis.
An important and timely contribution, this book will be indispensable to students and researchers of gender and sexuality, feminism, minority studies, sociology and social policy, politics, law, human rights and South Asian studies. It will also be of interest to policymakers, government agencies, think tanks and NGOs working in the area.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Sex Selective Abortion: A Feminist Interpretation of Legal Dilemmas and Policy Initiatives in India 3. Impunity Assured and Impunity Snatched: The State and the Discourse of Rape in India 4. Normalisation of Domestic Violence in India 5. Sex Work in India: Invisible Labour, Deviant Sexuality and Experience of Violence 6. Citizenship and Transgenders: Analysing the Legal and Policy Discourse in India 7. State, Law and Resistance
Skylab Sahu is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Miranda House, University of Delhi, India. She specializes in gender studies, political theory, and Indian government and politics. Her research articles have been published in several national and international peer reviewed journals such as Studies in Indian Politics, Sociological Bulletin, Journal of Social and Economic Development, Journal of Health Management, Indian Journal of Political Science, Indian Journal of Social Work, among others. She is the author of Gender, Sexuality, and HIV/AIDS: Exploring Politics of Women's Health in India (2015).