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Jayshree P. Mangubhai & S. J. Aloysius Irudayam

In: Challenging the Rule(s) of Law: Colonialism, Criminology and Human Rights in India

Chapter 6: Building a Subaltern Women's Perspective

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Building a Subaltern Women's Perspective
Building a subaltern women's perspective
JayshreeP.Mangubhai and Aloysius IrudayamS.J.

In India, a country of pervasive inequalities and systemic discrimination based on gender, caste/ethnicity and class, crime control and criminal justice are heavily conditioned by social factors that shape the prevalence, nature, forms and causative factors of crime. Certain sections of society, the subalterns—Adivasis and Dalits, particularly women of these communities—are denied power, resources and agency, and are excluded from mainstream society, solely on the basis of their ascribed ‘low’ social status. In the same manner that social hierarchies of caste/ethnicity, class and gender distribute socio-economic and political power unequally, denying power and resources to those deemed to lie at the bottom of these hierarchies, so, too, does the perpetration of crime on ...

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