Asha Bhandari


Family life and marriage are often considered to be an important lever for criminal desistance, especially among men. The mechanisms that lead to desistance from crime may be general in nature, but men and women do not necessarily respond in a similar way relative to marital status. This paper extends the hypothesis of familial relationships and desistance in crime and provides a perspective to foster understanding of the influence that ‘family of orientation’ and ‘family of procreation’ makes in crime committed by women. For this purpose various factors, including family size, family environment, relationship with family members, gender role in family, family history of crime, spouse relationship, and the role of in-laws are considered. This paper uses both quantitative data and qualitative narratives to justify the proposition that marriage increases the possibilities of crime commitment in women therefore ‘family of procreation’ plays an important role in inducing criminal activities among women.

Author Biography

Dr. Asha Bhandari, Ph.D, M.A (Sociology, Philosophy) is a Senior Assistant Professor and Head at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Law University Jodhpur (Rajasthan). She has been awarded the Bhart Jyoti award by International Friendship Society, New Delhi for her meritorious achievement. She has presented papers, published books, research papers in National and International academic journals and also organized various Seminars on women’s issues. She has also completed two major research project – ‘Socio-Legal Status of Women Prisoners and their Dependent Children- A study of Central Jails of Rajasthan’ and ‘Role of Logical Fallacies in Legal Reasoning- An Assessment of Judicial Pronouncement in India’ funded by Indian Council For Social Science Research and University Grant Commission. Her areas of interest are Gender Studies and Legal Reasoning. She is also Coordinator for Centre for Gender Studies at NLUJ.