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Azadi: Sexual Politics and Postcolonial Worlds

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By Tara Atluri

In December of 2012 in Delhi, India a woman was gang raped, tortured, and inflicted with such bodily violence that she died as a result of the injuries. The case caused massive public protests in Delhi and throughout the Indian subcontinent. These large scale public mobilizations lead to attempts to change national laws pertaining to sexual violence.

One year after this case, The Supreme Court of India made the contentious decision to uphold Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Section 377, instituted by British colonizers dates back to 1860 and criminalizes sexual activities deemed to be unnatural, namely queer sex and queer people. In December of 2013, massive protests also occurred throughout India regarding this decision.

Both these cases received worldwide media attention and lead to public demonstrations and debates regarding sexual politics throughout Asia and globally. There was a resilient refrain heard at many of the political protests that took place: Azadi is loosely translated into freedom.

Drawing on interviews done in the Indian subcontinent, this book suggests that while colonial violence haunts postcolonial sexualities, anti-colonial resistance also remains, echoing in the streets like the chorus of an old song. ~ Azadi.

Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: Demeter Press (February 12, 2016)
ISBN-13: 9781926452999
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches

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