Challenging The Rules(s) of Law: Colonialism, Criminology by Kalpana Kannabiran, Ranbir Singh

By Kalpana Kannabiran, Ranbir Singh

Over the last 3 many years human rights pursuits in India have repeatedly interrogated platforms of felony justice within the nation. the troubles have ranged from addressing the matter of arbitrary detention through the emergency to developing complete groups as felony thereby justifying pressured dispossession and/or mass violence. whereas overt violence by means of country actors and their complicity in violence by means of dominant inner most actors has been an important main issue, there has additionally been the matter of the abdication by means of the kingdom with recognize to provision of the potential for naked existence to a majority of the folks, the denial of the suitable to reveal lifestyles compounding their vulnerability to a repressive rule of legislations. there's a common attractiveness of the truth that the legislation is unequal specially by way of entry to and supply of justice, inequality of method negating the basic warrantly of equality. This selection of essays re-examines the sphere of criminology via an interdisciplinary lens, tough within the method unproblematic assumptions of the rule of thumb of legislation and establishing out avenues for a renewed and radical restatement of the contexts of legal legislation in India. This assortment is an important step in the direction of mapping the ways that interdisciplinary study and human rights activism may perhaps tell criminal praxis extra successfully and holistically. The members are a various team greatly revered activists, bureaucrats, students, and execs who percentage issues on legal justice platforms and the necessity to entrench human rights within the Indian polity.

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One such woman was named Sushila, the mistress of a well-known barrister of Calcutta, who drifted into the underworld. Her adventures will be recounted later. The stories of these diverse types of women criminals in 19th century Calcutta demolish some well-cultivated myths about ‘female criminality’ in both Victorian England and contemporary Calcutta. Theories of supposedly natural biological characteristics and destinies that were attributed to women collapsed in the face of the circumstantially interchangeable roles that men and women assumed in the Calcutta underworld.

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