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Women and Law
Critical Feminist Perspectives

First Edition
Edited by:
Critical Acclaim


January 2014 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
How should we approach the problem of “women and law”? Should the focus be on women-centred laws and their efficacy? Or should the focus be, instead, on the ways in which the law imagines women and the ways in which women have engaged with the law—spilling beyond fields traditionally associated with the phrase “women and law”? And how does violence figure in all these? Women and Law, a compilation of 11 insightful essays, examines these questions and a range of concerns—domestic violence, employment and labour, anti-discrimination jurisprudence, family laws, access to forest and land rights, the right to health, the complexities in the intersection of women’s rights with disability rights and women’s experiences of repressive legislation such as TADA. 

This volume attempts at a fresh mapping of the field of women and law from an interdisciplinary perspective and presents the work of activists, lawyers and scholars in conversation.


 
Preface
 
Introduction
Indira Jaising
Bringing Rights Home: Review of the Campaign for a Law on Domestic Violence
Flavia Agnes
Conjugality, Property, Morality and Maintenance
Sagari R Ramdas
Women, Forestspaces and the Law: Transgressing the Boundaries
Meera Velayudhan
Women’s Rights and Entitlements to Land in South Asia: Changing Forms of Engagements
Padmini Swaminathan
Outside the Realm of Protective Legislation: The Saga of Unpaid Work in India
D Nagasaila
Gender Equality at Workplace: A Frozen Agenda
Kalpana Kannabiran
Judicial Meanderings in Patriarchal Thickets: Litigating Sex Discrimination in India
Shruti Pandey
Women’s Health and Law in India: Trends of Hope and Despair
Anita Ghai and Rachana Johri
Prenatal Diagnosis: Where Do We Draw the Line?
Zoya Hasan
Religion, Feminist Politics and Muslim Women’s Rights in India
Anita Tiphagne
Women and State Violence: Where Is Justice?
 
Index

Edited by Kalpana Kannabiran, this collection of 11 essays by eminent lawyers, activists and scholars seeks to ‘map the field of women and law from an interdisciplinary perspective’ and, in the process, puts forth on paper the continuing denial of justice to women under the Indian legal system. By painstakingly recording the process of every law taking shape, complete with cases and facts, they have documented a history that would otherwise have been ignored. The authors have also raised pertinent questions on gender justice often sought to be swept under the carpet by the system….apart from being a treasure-trove on gender justice, also offers plausible answers to a host of questions on women and law, without confounding us with legal jargon. That makes it a winner, hands down.

The Hindu

Women and Law is a [volume] aiming at women that have experienced encounters with the Indian Law...the volume has 11 chapters that raise heated questions and critically challenge the social institutions by providing detailed evidence of specific cases, judicial precedent, trails and stories of victims. It is a useful collection for those interested in studying how violence against women is perpetuated though patriarchal structures and state practices....the collection is appealing because of its rich arguments, wide range of experiences, and explorations of the unspoken prejudice against women in Indian justice system. It not only provides a critical understanding of legal barriers that prevent women from exercising active citizenship, but also throws up insightful recommendations. This collection provokes the reader to take a deeper look at the patriarchal values and their operation in Indian culture. This book will prove to be useful guide for law practitioners, academics and policy makers who are interested in studying violence against women’s right.

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... The authors have also raised pertinent questions on gender justice often sought to be swept under the carpet by the system….apart from being a treasure-trove on gender justice, also offers plausible answers to a host of questions on women and law, without confounding us with legal jargon. That makes it a winner, hands down. 

The Hindu

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