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Rights and Wrongs of Anti-conversion Law(s)

The legal ramifications of the recently promulgated Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020 are examined by juxtaposing popular perceptions of inter-religious marriages as “dishonourable” to the concerned families and communities, with a feminist perspective of women’s agency and exercise of choice in marriage. The key to preventing the phenomenon of conversion for marriage lies not in enacting draconian legislations that arm the state machinery with arbitrary powers, but in streamlining and simplifying procedures under the Special Marriage Act, 1954 that allow for inter-religious marriages without religious conversion of either person.

‘Love Jihad’ is an Islamophobic Campaign: Why Honour is about Controlling Women's Bodies

In light of the renewed demand from certain sections of society to enact laws against religious conversions for marriage, this reading list analyses the harmful impact of the narrative of “love jihad” on Hindu women.

Gendered Migration

Migration, Gender and Care Economy edited by S Irudaya Rajan and N Neetha , Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2019; pp ix + 205, ₹ 995.

Reading Zoya Hasan’s Politics of Inclusion in the Present

Politics of Inclusion: Castes, Minorities, and Affirmative Action by Zoya Hasan, Oxford University Press, 2009; pp 302, ₹ 430.

Ethos of Justice and Its Adversaries

Rape atrocities tragically suggest that justice is in dire need of egalitarian commitment by every citizen.

Is Policing a Moral Question?

The actions of the police in the Hathras gang rape case show a disturbing lack of sensitivity.

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