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We examine the linkages of these three kinds of violence that may have some specificity of their own but happen within the home and within the institutions of family and marriage. While the increasing number of sex selection cases is because of the societal presumption of girls as burdens on family resources – economic and social (as it is felt that the honour of family must be guarded until the girls get married) – domestic violence is used to control women’s mobility, sexuality and labour with a view to keeping them in subordinate position in a patriarchal system.

It engages with the argument that within neoliberal cultures, middle class women – particularly young women – are presented with opportunities to bypass feminism entirely and incorporate gender issues into a broader late capitalist culture of the enterprising, responsible self (cf. Brown 2003). Moving on from this, I have argued that young women in the Chennai context engaged with the rape of a young woman in Delhi that left these boundaries ambivalent: demonstrating multiple ongoing negotiations with middle-classness and with adulthood in which their engagement with feminism is imbricated.

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