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In the Body of a Woman

Essays on Law, Gender and Society

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About The Book

‘From the enduring shame of the marital-rape loophole to online abuse and the horror of superstition-driven murders, Waziri’s thoughtful collection of essays reminds us that despite our progress, it is a grim landscape for Indian women, with so much left to be done.’ SHASHI THAROOR

‘The author brilliantly lays bare for the reader the emergent, new societal responses towards sexual attitudes and gender justice and competently captures with nuance and sensitivity the attempts of the legal system to keep pace without being overwhelmed.’ SALMAN KHURSHID

‘An incisive and mindful analysis of gender and parity through the intersection of legal frameworks and societal perspectives. Aaliya Waziri draws upon a vast canvas to present an articulate and thoughtful case for gender-responsive lawmaking.’ NAMITA GOKHALE

From important contemporary issues like the changing landscape of marital rape laws to the inadequacy of the current cyberbullying laws, from historical milestones such as the women who helped draft the Indian constitution after Independence to examining religious laws and international obligations, Aaliya Waziri writes a deeply researched, informative and powerful book. Her attempt is to address the many questions that a lay person or even a lawyer might have about what lies at the intersection of law, gender and society.
In the Body of a Woman, with its focus on gender justice, pivots on the idea that feminism is contextual. There may not be any straightjacket formula to fix all the woes of women but we can start by strengthening our institutional responses and not treat half the country’s population as second class citizens.
Occasionally acerbic yet deeply compassionate, hopeful yet sometimes despairing, Waziri doesn’t pull her punches in these essays where she looks clinically at the judicial system but in her own unique, empathetic way that makes this book an engaging read for—it must be stressed—men and women who are interested in probing the intersection of law and gender.

About The Author

Aaliya Waziri, is an advocate at the High Court of Delhi. She has previously worked as an International Consultant (Women, Peace & Security) with the UN Women Office for Timor Leste. Prior to this she worked as a National Consultant on Intergovernmental Processes and Normative Frameworks at the UN Women India Country Office. She studied Philosophy at Hindu College, Delhi University, followed by Law at O.P. Jindal Global University. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: S&S India (May 4, 2023)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9789392099595
  • Ages: 16 - 80

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