Based on original research and personal encounters, this book narrates the real-life-stories of women locked up in Indian prisons for alleged or actual violations of the state’s criminal laws. It contextualises women offenders’ experiences of the criminal justice system and of state custodial institutions within the larger narratives of their particular lives, thus interrogating the social as well as legal frameworks within which women face adversities in their lives and in custody. It argues that the sex and gender issues that affect women ‘outside’ are carried over ‘inside’, with extremely damaging consequences for the lives and mental health of women prisoners. The volume will be of interest to those in gender studies, legal studies, sociology, and human rights organisations, as well as to policy makers and the general reader.
Table of Contents
List of Plates. Acknowledgements. Introduction 1. Saloni’s Choice 2. Rukhsana doesn’t Belong Here 3. The Maiming of Mumta 4. Bina’s Fourteen Years of jailvas 5. Hasina, the Husband Slayer 6. Vimla to Pagal Hai (Vimla is Insane) 7. Shobhavati: Married at Ten, Thirteen Children, There Survive 8. Urvashi: ‘In a Woman’s Body’ 9. Lakshmi: ‘Long Live the Revolution’ 10. Raziya: I am Staff and Imprisoned. Conclusions and New Beginnings. Bibliography. About the Author. Index
Rani Dhavan Shankardass is Secretary-General, Penal Reform and Justice Association (PRAJA), India, and Honorary President of Penal Reform International (UK).