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This chapter explores the social ramifications of national testimony on the Enayetpur birangonas in their village through constant khota (sarcastic remarks expressing scorn). It shows that the relational, politico-economic, and contingent evocation of khota, honor, and shame is an idiom through which weakness is constructed and inequality reinscribed rather than being a natural state of gender. By exploring the relationship between scorn, honor, rape, sexuality, narratives of remembrance, and the emergence of “public secrets” (what people remember to forget)—and how these are interwoven by the subjectivity of the raped—the chapter argues that memories of rape are simultaneously located within...

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