India - Tulika Srivastav
Tulika Srivastav is from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, where she works with AALI, and is also associated with national and regional women's rights networks and is associated with the International Women's Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific.
Tulika's paper will review a number of case studies relating to incursions on women's right to marry by the family and community within Uttar Pradesh, India. Her presentation will focus on cultural violence following situations of women's exercising the right to marry, or decisions during marriage or at any stage where the community felt it could intervene.
She will examine instances in which the community instigated and led the violence, often against the family's wishes. She will raise questions regarding the need to find a response not only to the police inaction (and indeed their negative action, e.g. filing false kidnapping cases) but also to the judicial attitudes – judges are in such cases not only failing to ensure justice but contributing themselves to further injustice. (For abstract of paper by Uma Chakravarti see Publication).