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Commodification of Women and Girls at Home: The Festering of India’s Male Violence

  • Lynette J. DumbleEmail author
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Abstract

Lynette Dumble critically discusses the consistently increasing frequency of crimes committed by India’s males against women, girls and even female infants in their private domestic spaces and in public spaces—extending from their neighbourhoods to nurseries, in primary and secondary schools and universities, to places of employment and recreation, and to travel upon trains and buses. She examines, too, the legal strategies enacted to assure girls and women of their safety both inside and outside of their homes. She relates how some measures are successful, whilst some are not—often due to poor implementation. Finally, Dumble concludes that the nation-wide violence inflicted upon India’s females from cradle to grave has roots within the commodification of women and their daughters in the privacy of their homes, in part due to the patriarchal subordination of women and girls within the family, and in part to the impunity accorded marital rape along with the treatment of domestic violence as a civil rather than criminal offence. Consequently, legally and culturally marriage has evolved to become a fertile bed for violence against females, simultaneously providing the foundation for trans-generational male violence whereby sons witnessing their elders’ crimes inherit an increased likelihood of following in their footsteps to inflict the same crimes against women and girls whenever and wherever the opportunity presents.

Keywords

Domestic Violence Sexual Harassment Sexual Violence Female Genital Mutilation Sexual Offence 
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  1. 1.Global Sisterhood Network (GSN)MelbourneAustralia

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