Gender and Class Intersectionality in India: an Analysis of the Nirbhaya Case, December 16th, 2012

Dey, A. and Orton, B. 2016. Gender and Class Intersectionality in India: an Analysis of the Nirbhaya Case, December 16th, 2012. in: Takhar, S. (ed.) Gender and Race Matter: Global Perspectives on Being a Woman Emerald Publishing Limited. pp. 87-105

Chapter titleGender and Class Intersectionality in India: an Analysis of the Nirbhaya Case, December 16th, 2012
AuthorsDey, A. and Orton, B.
EditorsTakhar, S.
Abstract

Purpose
This chapter deals with the concept of intersectionality with particular reference to the interconnectedness of gender, class and caste discrimination in India. Even though much of the work on intersectionality has been carried out by scholars from the United States with specific emphasis on gender and race, this framework can be applied universally to understand the multiple axes of power within a society that results in further marginalisation of certain groups of women. The 16th December 2012 Nirbhaya rape case forms the core of this chapter as it resulted in one of the biggest gender movements in India.

Design/methodology/approach
In order to develop a critical analysis a case study approach was adopted and data collected by analysing online news reports, videos, articles on blogs and posts on social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.

Findings
The findings of the research showed interesting intersections of gender and class with relation to this case, which has not been deeply analysed in order to understand the reasons behind the public uprising which resulted in the government action.

Originality/value
It is important to look at gender violence in India through the lens of intersectionality since often it is the result of multiple levels of discrimination on the basis of class, caste, religion and geography. This is important to recognise in order to ensure that activism, education and changes in policy help to resolve problems related to extreme oppression and violence against women across the country.

Book titleGender and Race Matter: Global Perspectives on Being a Woman
Page range87-105
Year2016
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Publication dates
Published24 Aug 2016
ISBN9781786350381
9781786350374
ISSN1529-2126
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/S1529-212620160000021006

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