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Devika Chawla

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256433

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256433.001.0001

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Hearth Crossings

Hearth Crossings

(p.148) Six Hearth Crossings
Home, Uprooted

Devika Chawla

Fordham University Press

This chapter recounts the repression experienced by women in Pakistan and India because of communal riots following the Partition of India. During the Partition, women were tortured, raped, and kidnapped as a show of force by the rioting mobs of either community. Abducted women were either forcibly married to men from opposing communities or abandoned after being raped. Their families often refused to take them back since their culture dictates that their abduction would make them impure and a dishonor to their family. Hundreds of them languished in ashrams and died, hoping to be invited back home to their natal or marital families. Some refused to return to families who wanted them back because they were too ashamed.

Keywords:   Partition of India, communal riots, Pakistan, India, women

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