An Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati, Sawmya Ray received her doctorate from Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad. Her Phd dissertation was on Legal Constructions of Violence against Women. Much of her research has been on Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Law, Gender Violence, Family in India, and Human Rights. Currently, she is working on sponsored projects on Sex Trafficking in Assam, and Gender Violence and Law in Assam. Along with her doctoral students, she is currently also involved in research on Legal pluralism and Gender among indigenous communities in Northeast India, Caste in Urban Spaces, and Gender, Education and Aspirations.