oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - Criminal justice at the Cape of Good Hope in the seventeenth century : narratives of infanticide and suicide



Extracted from text ... CRIMINAL JUSTICE AT THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY: NARRATIVES OF INFANTICIDE AND SUICIDE Gardiol van Niekerk (University of South Africa) 1 Introduction The encounters of women with the law at the Cape of Good Hope in the seventeenth century were often a result of conduct instigated by desperation. Theirs are stories of, among others, suicide, infanticide, prostitution, theft and neglect of their children. The underlying reason for these acts of desperation was the fact that women were narrowly stereotyped as chattels, whether they were slaves, freed or free women.1 Unlike males and unlike white females, ..


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