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Women Writing

Storylines: Conversations with Women Writers edited by Ammu Joseph, Vasanth Kannabiran, Ritu Menon, Gouri Salvi, Volga; published by Women’s World(India), Delhi, and Asmita Resource Centre for Women, Hyderabad, 2003; pp 312, Rs 250. Tense Past, Tense Present: Women Writing in English edited by Joel Kurotti; published by Stree, an imprint of Bhatkal and Sen, Kolkata, 2003; pp 235, Rs 450.

Shalishi in West Bengal

Traditional community/village level dispute resolution systems still coexist with formal processes of justice and administration. The `shalishi' is one such method of arbitration in West Bengal that has been used by NGOs to intervene effectively in settling domestic violence cases. Shalishi scores over the more formal legal avenues of dispute resolution because of its informal set up. But deriving its legitimacy as it does from the conventional norms and values of the community it works in favour of keeping the family intact, often compromising feminist notions of empowerment.
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