The Search for Justice: The Sri Lanka Papers

The Search for Justice: The Sri Lanka Papers

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The Search for Justice: The Sri Lanka Papers by Kumari Jayawardena

At the end of a quarter century of conflict, over 100,000 Sri Lankans have died and thousands of survivors have been victims of sexual violence. The subsequent cry for justice cannot be ignored. In The Search for Justice, a collection of writers and activists look to history and contemporary politics to examine the root causes of sexual violence in Sri Lanka. Offering an analysis of the polarizations created around ethnic and linguistic identities during the war years and an examination of the routine violence toward women, the authors argue powerfully that Sri Lankan women must not be treated only as victims, but as potential and actual agents of change.
            Edited by Kumari Jayawardena and Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena, the volume points to a hitherto unaddressed aspect of sexual violence: that of the structures and systems that enable impunity on the part of perpetrators. Whether they are security personnel and paramilitary forces, members of armed groups and gangs, local politicians and police, or, often, ordinary citizens including close family members, perpetrators operate with impunity. The Search for Justice is a compelling new installment in the Zubaan Series on Sexual Violence and Impunity in South Asia.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789385932069
Publisher: Zubaan Books
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Kumari Jayawardena teaches in the masters program in women’s studies at Colombo University, Sri Lanka. She is the author or coauthor of several books, including Class, Patriarchy and Ethnicity on Sri Lankan Plantations: Two Centuries of Power and Protest. Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena is a lawyer and media columnist and the author of  A Legacy to Remember: Sri Lankas Commissions of Inquiry.
 

Table of Contents

Zubaan Series on Sexual Violence and Impunity in South Asia: An Introduction Urvashi Butalia Laxmi Murthy Navsharan Singh vii

Notes Written in Blood: Some More Anar xvii

Introduction Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena Jeannine Guthrie xix

1 Global Discourses and Local Realities: Armed Conflict and the Pursuit of Justice Chulani Kodikara Sarala Emmanuel 1

2 A Crisis of 'Legal Indeterminacy' and State Impunity Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena Kirsty Anantharajah 36

3 Rape and the Evidentiary Process in Sri Lanka Priya Thangarajah 170

4 Sex and Violence in the Eastern Province: A Study in Muslim Masculinity Farzana Haniffa 193

5 The Fear of Rape: Tamil Women and Wartime Sexual Violence Rohini Mohan 237

6 A Spoonful of Sugar: The Quest for Survival and Justice Sivamohan Sumathy 296

7 Territorial Claims, Home, Land and Movement: Women's History of Violence and Resistance Sivamohan Sumathy 369

Jesus Is Not There Vijayalatchumi Sekar 400

An Interview with Prashanthi Mahindaratne: The Krishanthi Kumaraswamy Case Chulani Kodikara 405

About the Editors and Contributors 425

People Involved in the Project 431

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