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Title: Recognising the rights of conflict widows: insights from Manipur, India
Authors: Mahanta, Upasana
Keywords: Human rights
Security and conflict
Issue Date: Dec-2018
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Mahanta, Upasana. (2018). Recognising the rights of conflict widows: insights from Manipur, India. In: Varennes, Fernand de & Gardiner, Christie M (Eds.). Routledge handbook of human rights in Asia(pp. ). New Delhi: Routledge.
Abstract: The state of Manipur, nestled in the Northeastern region of India, has been facing a situation of insurgency-led conflict since the mid-1960s. Although ample attention has been paid to ‘harder’ security concerns arising in the state, little has been talked about the gendered nature of the violence. One of the serious fallouts of the ongoing conflict in Manipur is an alarming rise in instances of widowhood. Conflict widows are battling not only questions of access to livelihood opportunities in the context of severe restrictions on mobility and fear of physical safety, but also dealing with shifting gender roles within the larger household or family that raises concerns on right to inheritance, land and property. Also, it is observed that assistance programmes to survivors of armed conflict often fall short of meeting widows' need for economic, social, or psychological support. The absence of precise or reliable estimates as to the number of persons who have been widowed as a consequence of the long standing armed conflict in Manipur further makes them invisible in the state assistance schemes. Hence it is important to expand on the conventional understandings of the concept of human rights, especially in terms of the nature of marginalization faced by vulnerable communities in conflict contexts. This chapter highlights the marginalization of conflict widows and makes a case for a systematic evidence based approach to state assistance to widows in Manipur.
URI: https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Human-Rights-in-Asia/Varennes-Gardiner/p/book/9781138855700
http://hdl.handle.net/10739/2067
ISBN: 9781138855700
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