SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Sreya Banerjea

BA Hons. MA (York)
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Sreya Banerjea
Centre for Gender Studies

Teaching Fellow

Sreya Banerjea
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'Ladki Paraya Dhan Hoti Hai' (Girls are Others' Property')
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This research explores the political economy of marriage and family by analysing the shifts in social, political and economic structures, and their impact on gender, class, caste and age in rural India. A particular focus is placed on the emerging issue of 'bride trafficking' to investigate the changes in demands, expectations, rituals and processes of matchmaking, which shape women's struggles and experiences of marriage and migration. The central participants of this research are brides from Eastern regions married to grooms in Haryana and Rajasthan. This research attempts to draw attention to their personal stories and narratives of violence, hardships, choices, agency, negotiation, and strategic ways of manoeuvring in the politicized private and public spheres. The primary aim of my study is not to simply focus on the coinciding and motivating progression of intersectionality. Alternatively, I draw from existing contributions of postcolonial feminism, feminist legal studies, and feminist analyses of patriarchal family structures and kinship relations to further examine the way women's voices, perceptions and decisions are influenced and often constrained by coercive practices which are structurally constructed. From a legal studies point of view, my study investigates the rifts and potentials of transnational human rights approaches to conceptualize and address 'trafficking’ in marriage, particularly in the Indian context. This involves a) teasing out the various ambiguities in the definition of 'human rights' and 'trafficking' in the context of marriage, and b) exploring the relationship between ‘law’ and the legal, and its engagement with social and cultural practices.


  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Human Rights Law