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Impractical Topics, Practical Fields

The histories of the women's movement's protests transformed the discursive and juridical method of constituting rape as an object of reform and research. A traversal of different kinds of registers--protests and law reform, pedagogy and research, testimony and lawyering--reflects on how publicity, sexual violence and public secrecy constitute a field. We must pay attention to the question of method not just in relation to feminist, sociological or anthropological research, but also to the question of methods in lawyering and law reform.

Violence of Political Rhetoric on Rape

The language and actions that have followed Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna's unwelcome statements against Chief Minister Mayawati reaffirm the cult of political violence prevalent in the country and the use of sexual violence in political discourse. There is clearly a lack of concern among the political elite for victims of rape which has resulted in a callous disregard of their legal entitlements.

Feminist Contributions to Sociology of Law: A Review

This paper demonstrates the extent and multiple forms of feminist engagement with the spheres of law, which has yet to be matched in any other field. Yet there is little acknowledgement of the foundational challenges that have been offered over a long history, especially in newly emerging sub-disciplines such as the sociology of law, the curricula of new law schools and mainstream legal publishing. Feminists have especially challenged legal centralism, offering instead plural conceptions of the working out of law in society.

Rape Culture

We are outraged and deeply upset at the grotesque sexualised assault on the adivasi woman who was stripped and viciously beaten at a protest demon­ stration by adivasi and tea tribe communi­ ties seeking scheduled tribe status and other political rights by “local” youths in Guwahati on November 24...

Zahira Shaikh: 'Victim' of Justice

Letters Zahira Shaikh: ‘Victim’ of Justice W hile we, the members of women’s groups and concerned citizens in India, welcome the Supreme Court’s interventions in matters relating to the carnage in Gujarat, we are dismayed at its stringent verdict on March 8, 2006 that pronounced one-year...

Rape, Retribution, State

Although the rhetoric of capital punishment operates in the name of women, its objective is not the right to bodily autonomy of all women. Retribution aims at punishing men for having breached the contract between the masculinist state and all men. A reading of the Lok Sabha debates around the amendments to the rape law in 1983 indicates that the object of legislative reform was politicised between the state and the individual offender, defining the powers of the masculinist state over the kind of women who may be sexually accessible to all men, and others to some men.
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