Public Secrets of Law

Rape Trials in India

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9780198089568

Publication date:

03/02/2014

Hardback

488 pages

220.0x145.0mm

Price: 1295.00 INR

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ISBN:

9780198089568

Publication date:

03/02/2014

Hardback

488 pages

220.0x145.0mm

Pratiksha Baxi

Suitable for: The primary market for this book will be the departments of law, sociology, politics, gender studies, as well as lawyers and judges, and women's rights activists. Apart from institutions, this book will also be of interest to scholars, researchers, teachers, and students of law, sociology, and political science.Policymakers and journalists will also find this book useful.  

Rights:  World Rights

Pratiksha Baxi

Description

Sexual violence in general, and rape in particular, is under-reported in India. The social stigma associated with rape is the biggest hurdle that a rape survivor faces right from the time of reporting the matter to the police to the stage of trial. This book, one of the first ethnographic studies of rape trials in India, focuses on the everyday socio¬-legal processes that underlie the making of rape trials. It describes how state law is transformed in its localization, often to the point of bearing little resemblance to written law. The work centres around four extended case studies in a trial court in Ahmedabad. These case studies show how the effects of power and knowledge congeal to disqualify women’s (and children’s) testimonies at different sites of state law such as the police station, the forensic science laboratory, the hospital and the court. This book describes multiple ways in which public secrecy is subjected to specific revelations in rape trials that do not bring justice to a rape survivor but address and reinforce deeply entrenched phallocentric notions of justice.   Bringing sociological insights to the contested and anguishing issue of rape trials, this book is an essential read for all those committed to a just and safe society for women in India.  

Pratiksha Baxi

Table of contents

Acknowledgements
Table of Cases
Introduction
 
1. Doctrinal Pictures of Rape Trials: How to Do Things with Feminism

2. Medicalization of Consent and Falsity:  The Figure of the Habitué in Indian Rape Law

3. The Child Witness on Trial

4. Justice Is a Secret: Compromise in Rape Trials

5. Love Affairs and Rape Trials in India

6. On Interpreting Rape as-and Atrocity

Conclusion
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
 

Pratiksha Baxi

Features

  • This book is one of the first ethnographic studies of rape trials that analyses the implementation of the rape law in a trial court. The book combines theoretical sophistication, methodological rigour, and empirical analysis. The book is one of the first few studies to argue that consent and falsity has been medicalized in Indian rape trials.

Pratiksha Baxi

Pratiksha Baxi

Description

Sexual violence in general, and rape in particular, is under-reported in India. The social stigma associated with rape is the biggest hurdle that a rape survivor faces right from the time of reporting the matter to the police to the stage of trial. This book, one of the first ethnographic studies of rape trials in India, focuses on the everyday socio¬-legal processes that underlie the making of rape trials. It describes how state law is transformed in its localization, often to the point of bearing little resemblance to written law. The work centres around four extended case studies in a trial court in Ahmedabad. These case studies show how the effects of power and knowledge congeal to disqualify women’s (and children’s) testimonies at different sites of state law such as the police station, the forensic science laboratory, the hospital and the court. This book describes multiple ways in which public secrecy is subjected to specific revelations in rape trials that do not bring justice to a rape survivor but address and reinforce deeply entrenched phallocentric notions of justice.   Bringing sociological insights to the contested and anguishing issue of rape trials, this book is an essential read for all those committed to a just and safe society for women in India.  

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Table of contents

Acknowledgements
Table of Cases
Introduction
 
1. Doctrinal Pictures of Rape Trials: How to Do Things with Feminism

2. Medicalization of Consent and Falsity:  The Figure of the Habitué in Indian Rape Law

3. The Child Witness on Trial

4. Justice Is a Secret: Compromise in Rape Trials

5. Love Affairs and Rape Trials in India

6. On Interpreting Rape as-and Atrocity

Conclusion
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
 

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