My research interests lie at the intersection of courts and gender, citizenship and constitutionalism and transnational feminist movements and law reforms. I interrogate the multiple ways in which courts and the legislature accommodate, negotiate, resist or facilitate the agenda of the postcolonial nation state. My current research has two broad themes. I use the framework of governance feminism to locate how gender is enframed in law at the ‘workplace’ and how ‘workplace’ is regulated and engendered by the courts and the legislature. More broadly, I also looks at the women’s movement in India, and the feminist legal interventions in the 1970s and beyond that informed/transformed the processes of legal reform by the legislature and the courts.
My work also embraces partition historiography, especially in mapping the multiple ways in which the ‘process’ of partition shaped and modified postcolonial India’s legal (and constitutional) order. A large part of my current research looks at issues of citizenship and property that emerged from the debris of Partition through a gendered lens. I do this by exploring the ‘events’ surrounding and following Partition that made the state negotiate the boundaries of citizenship rights and refugee relief and rehabilitation and sought to deal with the ‘problem’ of large scale violence, ‘unattached women’, ‘stranded refugees’ and property being left behind.
I am also the convener of the Indian Feminist Judgment Project, a project that situates writing alternative judgments to judgments that could have been written better or written differently by using a feminist lens.
I hold an undergraduate law degree from Symbiosis Law School (Pune), and a postgraduate law degree from University of California (Berkeley). I have also been an American Association of University Women’s International Fellow and a member of Translocal Law Research Group (King’s College, London) and a researcher with South Asia Institute (Harvard University) project titled ‘The 1947 Partition of British India: Humanitarian and Demographic Consequences’. I have been a Visiting/Research Fellow with Cornell Law School (USA), Erik Castren Institute (Helsinki) and National University of Singapore (Singapore). More recently, I spent two months as a Resident Visiting Scholar at the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law under their generous Residence Grants to work on my more recent project on the politics of judging.
- ‘Righting Sarla Mudgal v. Union of India’, Jindal Global Law Review, Vol. 7, Issue. 1, Fall 2016
- ‘Trial of Errors: ICTA and Bangladesh War 1971’ Harvard Asia Quarterly, Fall 2012 Issue, Vol. XIV, No. 3
- ‘Matrimonial Property Rights: Is India Ready for a Law?‛ NUJS Journal of Indian Law & Society, Vol. 1 ( 2009)
‘Reconstructing Marichjhapi: From Margins and Memories of Migrant Lives’, in Urvashi Butalia (ed), Partition: The Long Shadow, Zubaan (2015)
Parmar, P (2017): Indigeneity and Legal Pluralism in India: Claims, Histories, Meanings, in Law and Society Review (Volume 51, Issue 1)
Puri, J (2017): Sexual States: Governance and the Struggle over the Anti-Sodomy Law in India, in Gender and Politics (Volume 13, Issue 3)
PWDVA: Handbook for Parliamentarians published by Oxfam India and Centre for Legislative Research & Advocacy (2014)
The Unique Identification Project and the National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010, Law & Policy Brief, Vol. I, Issue 4, April 2015 available at http://www.jgls.edu.in/PDF/Volume-1-Issue-1-April-2015.pdf
- Dastan-e-Judiciary v Consent (Outlook, 5th October 2017) available at https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/dastan-e-judiciary-versus-consent-through-farooqi-case-court-creates-a-separate-/302636
- Editorial for Special Issue on Triple Talaq by Invisible Lawyer available at http://www.lawyerscollective.org/the-invisible-lawyer/editorial
- The Gender Question (Frontline, Print Edition: 15th September 2017) available at http://www.frontline.in/the-nation/the-gender-question/article9834658.ece?homepage=true
- Making triple talaq illegal is laudatory but some aspects leading to the verdict are disturbing (The Economic Times, 26th August 2017) available at http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/et-commentary/making-triple-talaq-illegal-is-laudatory-but-some-aspects-leading-to-the-verdict-are-disturbing/ [Print Edition, titled ‘However,
However, However’ on 27th August 2017]
- Ramjas Clashes Expose the Deadly Bias Among Our Policemen (Quint, 7thMarch 2017) available at https://www.thequint.com/opinion/2017/03/07/ramjas-clashes-abvp-show-indian-police-suffer-from-institutional-bias
- Dastan-e-State v Farooqui (Outlook, 6th September 2016) available at http://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/dastaan-e-state-v-farooqui/297184
- Mahmood Farooqui and the Moral Hierarchies of Rape (Huffington Post, 7th September 2016) available at http://www.huffingtonpost.in/jhuma-sen/mahmood-farooqui-and-the-moral-hierarchies-of-rape/
- Terms of Endearment: Kashmir and the Possessive Cartography of the Nation State (Kafila, 13th July 2016) available at https://kafila.online/2016/07/13/terms-of-endearment-kashmir-and-the-possessive-cartography-of-the-indian-nation-state-jhuma-sen/
- Regressive Step (Frontline, 7th January, 2016) available at http://www.frontline.in/cover-story/regressive-step/article8068317.ece
- Supreme Court’s Haryana Panchayati Raj Judgment not backed by the Constitution (Caravan, 14th December 2015) available at http://www.caravanmagazine.in/vantage/supreme-court-haryana-panchayati-raj-judgment-not-backed-constitution
- Why Aadhar’s Backers are wrong to say that privacy rights can voluntarily be waived (Wire, 9th October 2015), available at http://thewire.in/2015/10/09/why-aadhars-backers-are-wrong-to-say-privacy-rights-can-be-voluntarily-waived-12769/
- Why the Supreme Court must always guard its territory (Huffington Post, 16th October 2015) available at http://www.huffingtonpost.in/jhuma-sen/the-national-judicial-app_b_8307210.html
- How Surveillance Raj in Educational Institutions infringes upon personal liberty (Huffington Post, 29th September 2015) available at http://www.huffingtonpost.in/jhuma-sen/surveillance-raj_b_8211788.html
- India’s Daughter and Some Feminist Legal Concerns (Centre for Development and Human Rights Newsletter, 7 March 2015) available at http://www.cdhr.org.in/freedom-of-expression/feminist-legal-concerns/
- Equality Interrupted: The Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act, 2nd Amendment, Ordinance, 2014 and the Selective Disqualification of Candidates (OxHRH Blog, 5 January 2015) available at http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/equality-interrupted-the-rajasthan-panchayati-raj-act-2nd-amendment-ordinance-2014-and-the-selective-disqualification-of-candidates/
- ‘Prisoner Across Borders’, International Bar Association, Criminal Law Newsletter (September 2012)
- ‘Whose Property is it Anyway? Property Rights of Married Women in India‛ Lawyers Magazine, December 2009.