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Author: Deana Heath

Title: Torture, the State, and Sexual Violence against Men in Colonial India

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Journal: Radical History Review

Volume: -

Issue: 126

Year: October 2016

Pages: 122-133

ISSN: 0163-6545 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1534-1453 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century | Asian History: Indian History | Cases: Victims / Rahmat Musalli; Victims: Men


Link: Duke University Press (Restricted Access)


Author: Deana Heath, Department of History, University of, ResearchGate

Abstract: »This article broadens the analysis of gendered violence in colonial India by focusing on sexual violence against men. Rather than seeking to “recover” the “submerged” history of sexual violence against men, I interrogate the traces of such violence in the colonial archive to consider how and why the sexual violation of Indian men was able to enter the colonial archive. In light, moreover, of the refusal of colonial officials to name such violence as a sex crime, I consider what a nonevent reveals about the archive and, by extension, colonial rule—above all, about colonial masculinity. I focus in particular on the rape of a subaltern man named Rahmat Musalli—not to formulate his subjectivity but to question the sign of rape in the colonial archive. I hope to build, therefore, on existing scholarship on the ways in which both colonialism and colonial archives are gendered.« (Source: Radical History Review)

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of India / Colonial India