On Rape and Revolt

  • S. M. Shamsul Alam


How does postcolonial governmentality construct women, and how do women resist such construction and form a sense of counter-governmentality? Studies in women’s presence, participation, and leadership in both colonial and postcolonial contexts are widely narrated, but studies in postcolonial governmentality are very few. In chapter 6, we narrated attempts at counter-governmentality or counter-Islamic governmentality. Counter-governmentality projects formulated by women are characterized by their objectives, goals, and strategies in realizing them. We then examined Taslima Nasrin’s attempt toward self-representation through what I identified a gendered subaltern narrative (Alam, 2002). In the current chapter, we will explore the relationship between women and governmentality—with specific emphasis on torture and pain as a repressive tool of governmentality. We will first genetically analyze the testimony of torture victim Illa Mitra, a Marxist political worker in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). The second section will chronicle the 1995 rape and murder of a young woman named Yasmin Akhter, which triggered a revolt.


Police Officer Colonial State Bare Hand Police Patrol Subject Formation 
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