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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Declaration of the National Convention of Women on Beijing

February, 1995

Violence Against Women In India

The public outcry against violence inflicted on women was an issue which brought visibility to the contemporary women’s movement in India in the post-emergency phase. It was, as if, the mass upsurge against the emergency 1975–1977, and the campaign for civil rights carried on in its aftermath was extended by women activists to focus on the specific oppression experienced by women. Resistance to gender specific oppression was sought to be built at two levels: firstly, to protest the excesses’ being committed, such as rape, dowry-related murders etc.; secondly, there was an inbuilt constructive agenda of re-defining women’s rights in the broader ...

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