Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, Centre for Human Rights Studies and Assistant Director, Mooting and Advocacy Programme, Jindal Global Law School
B.B.A. LL.B (Symbiosis), LL.M. (California)
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.
‘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
THE INDIAN FEMINIST JUDGMENTS PROJECT
THE DEMOGRAPHIC AND HUMANITARIAN CONSEQUENCES OF PARTITION (THE LAKSHMI MITTAL SOUTH ASIA INSTITUTE, HARVARD UNIVERSITY)
UNPACKING “MISUSE” IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES IN TAMIL NADU, ANDHRA PRADESH AND WEST BENGAL (SUPPORTED BY R. RAJARAM GRIT RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP, THE PRAJNYA TRUST)