Public Discourses on Gender, Modernity, and Assaults on Women in India

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A series of sexual and physical assaults on women in India throughout 2012, culminating in the brutal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi, has given rise to vociferous debates across India on the issue of women’s safety in the public sphere. Reactions to cases of sexual assault in India usually run along two lines. On the one hand, there are demands for stricter laws against sexual assault and for the creation of safe spaces for women. On the other hand, the victim’s dress and behaviour are scrutinized, and women are cautioned to behave with greater decorum and discretion in public and encouraged to police their own behaviour. The second type of reaction is significant for the analysis in this chapter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change
ISSN (Print)2634-6397
ISSN (Electronic)2634-6400

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Linguistics and Language


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