ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Adjudicating (Un)Domestic Battles

Considering that domestic violence emerges in a context where women are refusing to conform to given roles and seeking to change them, to what extent can legal intervention empower them in their struggles? What is of concern here is that the current perspectives focusing on violence and victimhood are not able to capture these strategic battles of women. The seemingly "natural" response of looking to law for resolutions is a problematic move - one that individualises the woman into a case and leads to a depoliticisation of the discussion of women's battles in the family.

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