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Title: Behind Closed Doors: Is the ‘Personal’ Political?
Other Titles: Journal of POLITICAL STUDIES, Vol. 08, October 2013, pp- 76-99
Authors: Gonsalves, Trijita
Gonsalves, Sushmita
Keywords: Patriarchy
Domestic Violence
Female Foeticide
Marital Rape
Issue Date: Oct-2013
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: From time immemorial, Indian society is patriarchal. Women have found it impossible to go beyond the field of patriarchal power. But, since Indian independence, efforts were made to make our society more egalitarian vis-a-vis women. In this paper, we identify two areas where the Indian State has dismally failed to protect women - female foeticide and marital rape. They constitute two of the most intimate concerns of a married woman’s life, through which a husband assumes power over the most private part of her life – her body and it becomes a site of violence. This paper concludes by arguing that laws in themselves are not enough. It is time that we women fought our battles ourselves.
ISSN: 2278-4039
Appears in Collections:Vol. 08, (October 2013)

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