Marriage murders and anti-caste feminist politics in India

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In this paper published in the latest issue of Women's Studies International Forum, Sreerekha Sathi investigates the complex nexus between inter-caste marriages and escalating caste politics in India.

While much literature justifiably focuses on rising Islamophobia in the country, this paper considers the ‘love
jihad’ phenomenon and extreme forms of violence against individuals in inter-caste or inter-religious marriages,
particularly since 2014.

The politics and practice of inter-caste choice marriages in India raise fundamental questions about the institution of marriage itself.

The paper reviews relevant literature and draws on cases reported in the media to propose a deeper interpretation of the role of caste in marriage murders. It further explores several powerful critiques from the past of the institution and practice of arranged marriage in India. It concludes by highlighting the need for an anti-caste, feminist perspective in these debates, as increasing numbers of marriage murders have coincided with an exoticization of India’s culture of arranged marriages and caste hierarchies globally.

Read the paper online - 'Marriage murders and anti-caste feminist politics in India'Women's Studies International Forum, September 2023.


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