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Author Singh, Priyam, 1933-

Title Victims or criminals? : a study of women in colonial North-Western Provinces and Oudh, India, 1870-1910 / Priyam Singh
Published Middletown, N.J. : Caslon, 1996

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Description xii, 143 pages ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Economic Deprivation and Women's Criminality -- 2. Patriarchy, Colonial Rulers, and Women Criminals -- 3. The Colonial State: Modernization or Demoralization of Women? -- 4. Colonial Justice, the Penal System, and Women Criminals -- 5. Conclusions -- App. A: Cases of Reported Rapes and Low Percentage of Convictions -- App. B: Figures Showing the Religion and Age of Female Convicts
Summary This analysis of women and criminality under colonial rule sheds light on similar transformations currently taking place in many Third World countries as it simultaneously contributes to the discussion of the "battered women syndrome" in the United States
This fascinating exploration of female victims and criminals in colonial India lies at the intersection of several fields: colonial history, women's studies, Indian studies, political economy, and the history of crime and punishment. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Dr. Singh argues that women's crime in India was largely induced by colonial intervention, oppression, and exploitation and that the punishment for such crimes was used as a means of social control and repression. Moreover, "deviant behavior," "immorality," and "criminals" - as these terms were defined by the state alone - were most often applied to the lower castes of women, a practice that not only points to conspicuous gender inequality and classism, but also to the very thin line between victim and criminal, between abuse/violation of women and supposed judicial sanctioning for their "crimes."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-140) and index
Subject Female offenders -- India -- United Provinces of Agra and Oudh
Women -- Crimes against -- India -- United Provinces of Agra and Oudh
Women -- India -- United Provinces of Agra and Oudh -- Social conditions
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947.
LC no. 96003782
ISBN 0391039717