‘Untrustworthy and Unbelievable’

Women and the Quest for Citizenship in Assam

  • Trisha Sabhapandit Tezpur University
  • Padmini Baruah The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Keywords: women, gender, assam, NRC, citizenship, statelessness, india, migration, accord, assam accord, foreigners tribunal, national register of citizens


Non-male people experience citizenship in ways that are not at par with those who are identified by the state as male. This gendered experience is replicated when it comes to establishing the existence of one’s citizenship before a hostile state that is invested in propagating statelessness among certain communities. This paper uses the Indian State of Assam and the surrounding legal-bureaucratic endeavour to identify ‘genuine’ citizens as a case to explore how the experience of becoming stateless is inherently disadvantageous to women. Using the tools of feminist methodology, the specific challenges of women have been highlighted through a combination of case law discourse analysis and fieldwork.

How to Cite
Sabhapandit, T., & Baruah, P. (2021). ‘Untrustworthy and Unbelievable’. The Statelessness & Citizenship Review, 3(1), 236–58. Retrieved from https://statelessnessandcitizenshipreview.com/index.php/journal/article/view/193