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Public Secrets of Law: Rape Trials in India

Pratiksha Baxi


Public Secrets of Law describes the everyday socio–legal processes that underlie the making of rape trials in Indian courts. Based on an ethnographic project in the rural District and Sessions Court in Ahmedabad (Gujarat), as well as critical readings of the juridical archive, this book demonstrates how rape trials furnish scripts of the social via the juridicalized bodies of violated women. The research located within the ambit of sociology and/or anthropology of law using methods of the extended case study, participant observation, ethnographic interviews and archival research i ... More

Keywords: rape, legal ethnography, courtroom talk, medicalisation of consent, caste violence, atrocity, trial, public secret, law reform, feminism, children, medical jurisprudence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780198089568
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198089568.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pratiksha Baxi, author
Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi