Mobility across Borders and Continuums of Violence: Experiences of Bangladeshi Women in Correctional Homes in Kolkata

dc.creatorMehta, Rimple
dc.descriptionDr. Rimple Mehta is an Assistant Professor at the School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University, India. She has studied Sociology, Social Work and Women’s Studies and has written on gender, borders, sexuality and prisons. Her paper titled “So Many Ways to Love You/Self: Negotiating Love in a Prison” won the 2013 Enloe Award and was published in the International Feminist Journal of Politics. She has also been associated with organisations and networks working against violence on women and has worked on cases of women affected by domestic violence.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe trajectory of violence in the lives of women engaging in transborder mobility can be plotted along a continuum where the border becomes one moment and site of violence in a series of violent experiences. Being masculinised and militarised the border becomes the breeding ground for gender–based violence. In this context, the paper discusses the experiences of violence in the lives of Bangladeshi women in Correctional Homes in Kolkata. Their narratives suggest that perpetrators and sites of violence change but the Indo-Bangladesh border remains central to their experiences of violence. This paper focuses on the violence experienced by these women before crossing the border, while crossing the border to come to India, during their stay in India and while returning to Bangladesh; coupled with emotions of fear, anxiety and shame. Their experiences of violence need to be seen in the context of their non-normative ways of being – their challenge to the norms instituted for women by the family, state and society. Their so–called deviations from normative modes of behaviour put them in situations of extreme vulnerability.en_US
dc.publisherThe Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justiceen_US
dc.relation.ispartofRapoport Center Working Papersen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States*
dc.subjectgender-based violenceen_US
dc.subjectborder studiesen_US
dc.titleMobility across Borders and Continuums of Violence: Experiences of Bangladeshi Women in Correctional Homes in Kolkataen_US
dc.typeWorking paperen_US

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