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Author: Srimati Basu

Title: Sexual Property

Subtitle: Staging Rape and Marriage in Indian Law and Feminist Theory

Journal: Feminist Studies

Volume: 37

Issue: 1

Year: Spring 2011

Pages: 185-211

ISSN: 0046-3663 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | Asian History: Indian History | Prosecution: Laws



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Author: Srimati Basu, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, University of

Abstract: »The article discusses legislation concerning rape in India. According to the author, rape laws are deeply rooted in systems of exchange which define sex as a kind of property necessary for women to access the material benefits of marriage. It is suggested that the system's emphasis on women's victimhood and the government's protection is frustrating to feminists even while the criminalization and prosecution of sexual violence is in itself important progress. Topics discussed include consent, a 2004 rape case involving actors Rudranil Ghosh and Oindrila Chakraborty, and feminist jurisprudence.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)


  Rethinking Resistance: Discourse, Materiality, and Culture in Rape (p. 188)
  Marriage for Rape, Sex for Compensation (p. 193)
  The Violence of Marriage (p. 200)
  Beyond Legal Protection (p. 204)
  Notes (p. 208)

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