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Muslim women and gender based violence in India and the UK

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-183
Number of pages21
JournalCritical Social Policy
Issue number2
Early online date29 Apr 2018
DateAccepted/In press - 9 Feb 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 29 Apr 2018
DatePublished (current) - May 2019


This article examines how the marginality of Muslim communities in India and the UK intersects with gender based violence (GBV) in Muslim communities. We briefly outline the socio-economic positioning of Muslims and then move on to (i) discuss communalism in India and radicalisation in the UK and (ii) consider personal laws in India and the call to Sharia law in the UK to elucidate the ways in which these wider policies, legislation and discourses impact on Muslim women experiencing GBV in both contexts. We conclude that there is a continuum between state responses and community responses, and personal and criminal law in entrenching GBV at a structural and interpersonal level in both India and the UK and that the current socio-political context further limits public spaces available to Muslim women to access support for GBV.

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  • communalism, gender-based violence, personal laws, radicalisation, Sharia law

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