ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Prabha Kotiswaran

Revaluing Unpaid Work

The 2021 state assembly elections offered a unique and unexpected opportunity for the recognition of women’s unpaid domestic and care work through the promises of unconditional cash transfers. These cash transfers present feminists with a valuable opportunity to theorise the welfare state. This article uses primary data and in-depth interviews to evaluate one such scheme, namely the Orunodoi scheme in Assam.

An Ode to Altruism

Feminists have demonstrated how the invisibility and lack of recognition of unpaid domestic and care work result in gender inequality and women’s disempowerment. Discussions of the role of law in reinforcing this invisibility is limited and focused on family law. This paper shall look at tort law, namely a review of compensation awarded to the dependents of homemakers, between 1968 and 2019, under the Indian Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The growing recognition of women’s UDCW by Indian appellate courts, culminating in an influential Supreme Court decision in 2010, is traced. This “wages for housework” jurisprudence is then marshalled to probe the redistributive function of tort law.


Regulating Reproductive Technologies

The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020 was tabled in the Lok Sabha in September 2020. It was referred to the department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare, which submitted its 129th report on the ART Bill, 2020 on 17 March 2021. This article critically engages with the recommendations of this report.


What Is Wrong With India's Trafficking Bill 2018: An Introduction

The anti-trafficking discourse has seen a shift internationally in the last few decades. Where can India's Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, which is to be tabled in the monsoon session of the Parliament, be located in this trajectory? This introduction to EPW Engage's special issue asserts that the Bill ignores the fast-changing international policy scene and India’s own rich indigenous approach to fighting labour trafficking.

This article is a part of the Special Feature Rethinking Trafficking Bill 2018. To read other articles in this feature, click here.  

How Did We Get Here? Or A Short History of the 2018 Trafficking Bill

This essay tracks the development of the Indian anti-trafficking law over the past two decades culminating in the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) bill, 2018 (the Bill), proposed to be tabled in the Lok Sabha in the monsoon session of Parliament.