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1. Khasi Society : An Overview
2. Conceptualizing and Contextualizing Domestic Violence in India
3. Analyzing Domestic Violence in the Khasi Matrilineal Society
4. `Kamai ia ka Hok' (Earn Righteousness) : Toward an Indigenous Ethical Response to Domestic Violence in the Khasi Matrilineal Society
Domestic violence is a global issue today crossing across barriers of caste, class, status, religion and culture. The Indian society is facing the worst impact of domestic violence. Nevertheless, this is not just the phenomenon of patriarchal society alone, women in matrilineal society like that of the Khasi in Meghalaya face this malady. The common supposition rules out domestic violence in Khasi matrilineal society as it assumed that women enjoy better status and opportunities than their counterparts in patriarchal societies. However, when it comes to day to day transactions it posits numerous problems such as gender differences, interplay of class, status, patriarchy and power, of which domestic violence against women is one of the effects. Therefore, though Khasi society is matrilineal in nature it mirrors a patriarchal society in many ways and domestic violence is a dilemma that the Khasi matrilineal society is facing today.
This book is an attempt to prove that women in matrilineal society face domestic violence. It also tries to analyze the different factors that contribute to the rising cases of violence against women at home. It also aims at responding to the problem taking into consideration indigenous/tribal ethical parameters that are deemed viable. The effort is to rediscover those ethical principles that are already available in the indigenous/tribal culture and worldview, which otherwise are not given due importance in the present indigenous/tribal epistemology. Formulating a feasible alternative theological-ethical response by making use of the indigenous/tribal resources and epistemologies to address the issue of domestic violence in matrilineal society is the intention of this book.