The article discusses sexual and gender-based crimes in mass violence in India. It draws upon five different contexts of mass violence - communal (religion-based) violence, caste-based violence, violence in the context of militarization, violence in the context of anti-people development, and dispossession / violence in anti-Naxal operations.
In the second part of the article, it discusses gaps in Indian legal jurisprudence which are major causative factors for the existing impunity, and pose challenges to justice.
As a logical corollary, the third part discusses relevant law reform initiatives that are in process, to address the challenges to justice. In critiquing such initiatives, the article also highlights the role of women's rights groups that have used standards and concepts of international law and adapted them to the Indian context, thereby enriching the discourse on legal response to sexual and gender-based crimes in contexts of mass violence.
- sexual violence,
- mass crimes,
- law reform
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