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1st Edition

Women’s Human Rights in India

ISBN 9780367334970
Published September 10, 2019 by Routledge India
244 Pages

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Book Description

This book focuses on women’s human rights in India. Drawing on case studies, it provides a clear overview of the key sources on gender and rights in the country. Further, it contextualizes women’s rights at the critical intersection of caste, religion and class, and analyses barriers to the realization of women’s human rights in practice. It also develops strategies for moving forward towards greater recognition, protection, promotion and fulfilment of women’s human rights in India.  

Drawing on critical pedagogical tools to analyse groundbreaking court cases, this book will be a key text in human rights studies. It will be indispensable to students, scholars and researchers of gender studies, sociology, law and human rights. 

Table of Contents

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  1. Introduction
  2. Sources of Women’s Human Rights
  3. Women’s Human Rights Theories
  4. Right to Equality and Non-Discrimination
  5. Right to a Life Free of Violence
  6. Right to Equality in Marriage and Family Relationships
  7. Right to Political Representation and Participation
  8. Right to Economic Empowerment
  9. Conclusion: Looking Forward

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Christine Forster is Associate Professor in Law, University of New South Wales, Australia, where she teaches torts, health and medical law and women’s human rights. Her areas of research include women’s human rights, CEDAW, gender equality laws and violence against women (particularly in the Asia Pacific).  


Jaya Sagade is Director of the Women’s Studies Centre at ILS Law College, Pune, where she was the vice-principal and taught Women and the Law and Family Law for 32 years. Her areas of research are violence against women, gender equality, women’s human rights and CEDAW. She has a range of publications in these areas.