On reproductive justice: ‘domestic violence’, rights and the law in India

Unnithan, Maya, Heitmeyer, Carolyn and Madhok, Sumi (2014) On reproductive justice: ‘domestic violence’, rights and the law in India. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 16 (4). pp. 1231-1244. ISSN 1369-1058

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Abstract

In this paper we draw attention to the difficulty of accessing reproductive rights in the absence of effective state and legal guarantees for gender equity and citizenship, and argue that if reproductive rights are to be meaningful interventions on the ground, they must be reframed in terms of reproductive justice. Drawing on multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Rajasthan, Northwest India, we track two dynamic legal aid interventions on reproductive health rights in India, concerned with domestic violence and maternal mortality respectively, that have sought to fill this existing gap between ineffective state policies and the rhetoric on reproductive rights. Through an analysis of these interventions, we propose that requirements of reproductive justice cannot be met through discrete or private, albeit creative legal initiatives, pursued by individuals or civil society organisations but must involve comprehensive policies as well as strategies and alliances between state, non-state, transnational organisations and progressive political groups.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Depositing User: Jill Kirby
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2014 14:03
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2015 11:21
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49412
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