Dr. Niveditha Menon has authored a chapter titled, ‘‘‘I didn’t tell anyone because of my self-respect”: The collective response to naming sexual violence within marriage in India’ in the book titled, ‘Sexual Violence in Intimacy: Implications for Research and Policy in Global Health’. Published by Routledge in 2021, the book has been edited by M Gabriela Torres and Kersti Yllo.
The book addresses sexual violence in intimacy as a global pandemic that causes physical, emotional and psychological harm to individuals, families,communities and society at large. Bringing together international and interdisciplinary research, the book includes research ranging from gendered narratives to large-scale surveys in different countries such as India, Ghana,Denmark, New Zealand etc. A wide range of policy and intervention approaches are also explored.
The chapter written by Dr. Niveditha Menon explores two inter-related themes: the naming of sexual violence within marriage in India, and the collective response to that naming. The process of naming sexual violence within marriage involves a long process of recognition, analysis and discussion. The presence of informal institutions such as women’s courts can transform this naming into a redressal mechanism for justice. To explore the connections between the articulation of marital sexual violence andthe institutional mechanisms that shape it, the chapter uses qualitative datafrom two studies: one on marital violence in Maharashtra, and the other on a women’s collective in Bihar. The book is available for sale on Amazon and can be viewed here