Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2014 Teesta Bhandare
This article seeks to uncover the historical trajectory of the notion of women as repositories of male honor in Indian society and whether there has been a change in the discourse. Through a historically oriented comparative study of two case studies it draws attention to the fact that this perception of women has made them extremely susceptible to sexual attacks from members of opposing communities. At the time of Partition India witnessed large scale religion-based rapes where men of one religion attempted to assert their dominance over another religious community by raping the women of that community. Today the use of rape as a means of power assertion is still prevalent but now it is upper caste men who are seeking to assert their dominance over lower caste communities.This article believes that a combination of legal and social dilemmas is the cause of this discourse that works against the safety of women.
Bhandare, Teesta, "Someone Else's Honor: Women as Repositories of Male Honor and Their Subsequent Vulnerability to Sexual Violence in India" (2015). Scripps Senior Theses. 546.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.