Criminalizing the Criminal Tribe

@article{Gandee2018CriminalizingTC,
  title={Criminalizing the Criminal Tribe},
  author={Sarah Gandee},
  journal={Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East},
  year={2018}
}
  • Sarah Gandee
  • Published 1 December 2018
  • Sociology
  • Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East
This article explores the postcolonial criminalization of a so-called criminal tribe in the borderlands of East Punjab in the years following independence and Partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. A small proportion of the Rai Sikhs had been notified by the colonial government under the draconian Criminal Tribes Act (1871), which marked out certain communities as criminal and subjected them to excessive punitive measures. In the years after independence, as the Government of India was… Expand
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