Author: Kalpana KannabiranRitu Menon/Publisher: Kali/Women UnlimitedYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 201ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188965359
From the late 1970s to the present, feminists in India have had to deal with spiraling violence against women and the alarming ramifications of its forms, as well as assess their strategies to combat it.This monograph reviews twenty-five yeas of protest and action by them, in an attempt to take both our analysis and theories forward. It maps the trajectory of feminist organizing in India in the post-Emergency period, after 1977; the paths of legal reform and the points at which they have intersected with, or resulted from, feminist campaigns; the texture of campaigns and the creativity with which women’s groups have fashioned and sustained difficult struggles against violence; the persistence of feminist interventions and the ways in which different groups have been able to tilt the balance in favor of women in perceptible ways; and he escalation of collective violence, increasingly by agents of the state, against women.Not withstanding the diversity of formal political affiliations and theoretical analyses within the women’s movement, the last twenty-five years have seen the evolution of a minimum consensus that categorically rejects any rationalization of violence against women, even while recognizing its complexity.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS1. From Mathura to Manorama2. Judicial and Legislative Action3. Alternative Forms of Protest4. Feminist Interventions5. Confronting State Violence