This book critically examines domestic violence law in India. It focuses on women’s experiences and perspectives as victims and litigants, with regard to accessibility to law and justice. It also reflects on the manner in which the legal process reproduces gender hierarchies.
Drawing on extensive testimonies and ethnographic studies situated in a theoretical framework of law, this book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of law, gender, human rights, women’s studies, sociology and social anthropology, and South Asian studies.
Introduction 1. Conceptualizing Domestic Violence 2. Legislating the Laws Relating to Domestic Violence 3. Fighting Against Domestic Violence: Weaving Stories of Pain and Courage 4. Women’s Experiences with the Law and the Legal System 5. The Economics of Love: Women’s Rights within Families and Changing Economic Paradigm 6. Adjudicating Domestic Violence in Courts 7. Conclusion: How Easy is Access to Justice?