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Nine Degrees of Justice

New Perspectives on Violence Against Women in India

From an early focus on rape, dowry, and sati—self-immolation—feminist struggles against violence to women in India have now moved to a wider terrain that includes issues rarely considered in the early days of the Indian feminist movement in the 1980s. In Nine Degrees of Justice, second- and third-generation feminists shed light on these contemporary concerns, sharing their perspectives on violence against women through a series of thought-provoking essays.
The contributors look specifically at whether the Indian legal system has led to justice for women who have been the victims of violence. What does “justice” mean for an individual survivor? Topics include violence in public spaces and cyberspace, women in armed conflict, lesbian suicides, a woman’s “right to choose,” and prostitution, and together, these essays make the case that justice for Indian women still has a long way to go.

364 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/4 | © 2010

Gender and Sexuality

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Table of Contents


Bishakha Dhatta

1              This Thing Called Justice

                Engaging with Laws on Violence against Women in India

                Farah Naqvi

2              An Intimate Dilemma

                Anti-Domestic Violence Activism among Indians in the United States of America

                Shamita Das Dasgupta

3              If Women Could Risk Pleasure

                Reinterpreting Violence in the Public Space

                Shilpa Phadke

4              Untangling the Web

                The Internet and Violence against Women

                Sharmila Joshi

5              Invisible yet Entrapping

                Confronting Sexual Harassment at the Workplace

                Puja Roy

6              From Roop Kanwar to Ramkunwari

                The Agitation against Widow Immolation

                Purnima Manghnani

7              Anatomy of a Suicide

                Maya Ganesh

8              Criminalizing Love, Punishing Desire

                Rajashri Dasgupta

9              ‘Performing Sexuality’

                Cultural Transgressions and the Violence of Stigma in the Glamour Economy

    Manjima Bhattacharjya

10            Her Body, Your Gaze

                Prostitution, Violence, and Ways of Seeing

    Bishakha Datta

11            River Song

                Sonia Jabbar

12            What Poetry Means to Ernestina in Peril

                Mona Zote

Notes on Contributors

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