Women's Human Rights And Migration: Sex-Selective Abortion Laws In The United States And India by Sital Kalantry
Some of the most hotly contested international women's rights issues today arise from the movement of peoples from one country to another and the practices they purportedly bring with them. In Women's Human Rights and Migration, Sital Kalantry focuses on immigrants of Asian descent living in the United States who are believed to abort female fetuses because they do not want a female child. While sex-selective abortion is a human rights concern in India, should we, for that reason, assume that the practice undermines women's equality in the United States? Although some pro-choice feminists believe that these prohibitions on sex-selective abortion promote women's equality, other feminists fiercely oppose such laws, characterizing them as a Trojan horse in the larger pursuit to overturn the reproductive rights guaranteed by Roe v. Wade. Nearly half of state legislatures in the United States have proposed laws restricting sex-selective abortion since 2009 and nine have adopted them. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, anti-abortion advocates have largely succeeded in their quest with many states restricting abortion.
What people are saying
"Women's Human Rights and Migration addresses a long-existing gap in feminist theory at the intersection of a migrant woman's experience and culturally motivated reproductive decisions. By recognising the possibility that 'practices that are oppressive to women in one country context may not have a negative impact on women in another country context' Kalantry takes an important step in creating a framework for evaluating competing human rights interests within the complex cultural contexts that arise in migrant-receiving countries."
― Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law
Court on Trial: A Data-Driven Account of the Supreme Court of India by Aparna Chandra, Sital Kalantry, and William Hubbard.
Court on Trial is a ground-breaking book that uses sophisticated data analysis to reveal the inner workings of the Indian Supreme Court. The authors find that its institutional structure and processes no longer align with its stated goals. In its quest to provide access to the common person, the Court can no longer deliver justice to the people. The early retirement age of judges creates institutional instability and incentives to pander to the government. The book makes a compelling case that institutional structures and processes of the Court are in urgent need of reform.
What people are saying
‘An unputdownable, valuable addition to the study of the most vibrant organ of the Indian Republic, the Indian Supreme Court—with a seminally important list of issues arising in and about the Court, written forthrightly, analytically, absorbingly, and, above all, backed with solid empirical data and live examples. Not to be missed’
—Abhishek Singhvi, senior advocate, Supreme Court of India and member of Parliament