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About Vibhuti Ramachandran

Vibhuti Ramachandran received her PhD in sociocultural Anthropology from New York University in September 2017. She researches gender and law in India, particularly prostitution and sex trafficking in discursive regimes and institutional practices.

Articles by Vibhuti Ramachandran

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Critical reflections on raid and rescue operations in New Delhi

Accompanying a raid and rescue operation poses difficult questions for those involved, pushing the boundaries between victim and non-victim.

Rescued but not released: the ‘protective custody’ of sex workers in India

Protective homes for women in India are carceral institutions that confine women rescued from the sex trade. Tied to a moralistic agenda of reform, protective homes restrict women’s freedom in multiple ways.

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