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Author: Piera Cavenaghi

Title: Lasciar parlare il silenzio

Subtitle: La Partition del subcontinente indiano e le abducted women

Journal: Diacronie: Studi di Storia Contemporanea

Volume: -

Issue: 8

Year: October 2011

Pages: 22 pages

eISSN: 2038-0925 – Find a Library: Open Access Journal

Language: Italian

Keywords: 20th Century | Indian History, Pakistani History


Link: Diacronie (Free Access)


Abstract: »The acts of violence committed during the Partition of India in 1947 are known and proved. Less well known is violence that struck tens of thousands of abducted and raped women. Both India and Pakistan admitted these crimes and agreed to recover and restore the abducted women. The Indian Government especially committed to accomplish the recovery plan even at the cost of sending the women forcedly back. The recovery of abducted women became a issue of national honour that apparently contrasted with the family and community concept of honour. Many of the recovered women were indeed rejected by their families, regarding them as impure. On its part the Indian Government made a great deal of effort to restore them. After that, silence enshrouded them and the memory of their pain faded. By contrast memories of women who had committed suicide “to save their honour”, were emphatically handed on.« (Source: Diacronie)


  1. La Partition del Subcontinente indiano (p. 1)
  2. Le abducted women (p. 4)
  3. Le operazioni di recupero nella cornice dell'onore: le abducted women tra azione dello Stato e accettazione della comunità (p. 5)
  4. Abducted women contro donne morte con onore (p.14)
  5. Chi è degna di essere ricordata? (p. 20)

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