Between life and death: Women in an Indian state prison

Suvarna Cherukuri, Dana M. Britton, Mangala Subramaniam

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This study presents an analysis of the population and crimes of women in a state prison for women in Hyderabad, India. Women in India are disproportionately incarcerated for violent crimes, in particular, offenses related to dowry. Using qualitative data gathered from interviews with 49 women, the authors examine the context of their lives and their paths to prison. Ultimately, the authors make a case for an intersectional analysis, one that seeks to understand the lives of women in a matrix of inequalities shaped by caste, class, and gender.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)252-274
Number of pages23
JournalFeminist Criminology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Law


  • Crime
  • India
  • Intersectionality
  • Women


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