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

Madhok, Sumi ORCID: 0000-0002-3192-6098, Unnithan, Maya and Heitmeyer, Carolyn (2014) On reproductive justice: domestic violence, rights and the law in India. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 16 (10). 1231 - 1244. ISSN 1369-1058

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13691058.2014.918281


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.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2014 08:13
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2024 00:00
Projects: Unnithan Res-062-23-1609
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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