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Capable Women, Incapable States: Negotiating Violence and Rights in India

Poulami Roychowdhury


How do women claim rights against violence in India and with what consequences? By observing how women navigate the Indian criminal justice system, Roychowdhury provides a unique lens on rights negotiations in the world’s largest democracy. She finds that women interact with the law not by following legal procedure or abiding by the rules but by deploying collective threats and doing the work of the state themselves. They do so because law enforcement personnel are incapacitated and unwilling to enforce the law. As a result, rights negotiations do not necessarily lead to more woman-friendly ou ... More

Keywords: gender, law, politics, human rights, violence, criminal justice, postcolonial

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190881894
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190881894.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Poulami Roychowdhury, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, McGill University