Women and law in South Asia

Mahanta, Upasana, Dalwai, Sameena and Shakil, Albeena (2019) Women and law in South Asia. Jindal Global Law Review, 10 (2). pp. 149-155. ISSN 0975-2498

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This special issue of the Jindal Global Law Review (JGLR) is themed ‘Women and Law in South Asia’. The term ‘South Asia’ often evokes a sense of shared civilizational, cultural and historical moorings including experiences of colonialism, decolonization, the partition and modern nation-state formation. While South Asia, a complex geo-political region, is largely viewed as existing ‘elsewhere’, created and sustained mainly by area studies programmes in the west, this special issue comprises of several contributions which negotiate this complex terrain with refreshing ease. This is significant because the challenges of focusing on South Asia are many. For one, within the region itself, South Asia remains an under-researched area, with few studies focusing on law and even fewer focusing on women and law. One early volume we could look towards was Violence, Law and Women’s Rights in South Asia edited by Savitri Goonesekere in 2004. The collection examined the experiences of inheriting legal derivatives of British colonial laws in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India, often with women being at the heart of the contradiction with ethnic, religious or customary laws. Pointing to the “reality of ‘failed’ legal systems,”Footnote1 as far as gender-based violence was concerned, the contributors called for prioritized reforms in accordance with the Convention of the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The volume also assessed law as a “double-edged sword” Footnote2 for women.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Women and Law in South Asia | CEDAW | CRC
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Gender Studies
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2022 10:32
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2022 10:32
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41020-019-00105-1
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/2223


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