‘Recovering’ Women in the Interest of the Nation

Anuradha Singh


The partition of India is a story of one of the largest human displacements. Millions of people were killed, abducted, raped and tortured on both sides of the border. Post partition one of the first agreements signed between the two governments was to locate their misplaced women. The governments of both sides agreed to search for the missing women. This paper tries to understand the way both governments dealt with this question of ‘recovering’ women. It also deals with the relationship between women’s agency and the will of the stateand how the later overpowers the former by ‘restoring’ women to their homeland.


recovery, partition, gender, violence, women, nation

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