Alvida Kalpana Mehta… A Note from WSS on the Passing Away of a Feminist Activist

Alvida Kalpana Mehta…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression deeply mourns the passing away of Kalpana Mehta in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The loss of a fellow traveler and a comrade at a time when we are going through a massive public health crisis and continuous clampdown on the right to dissent through arrests and detention is hard to bear. Kalpana has been with WSS ever since its inception in 2009. Continue reading

अलविदा कल्‍पना मेहता

अलविदा कल्‍पना मेहता

विमन अगेन्स्ट सेक्शूअल वायलेंस एंड स्टेट रिपरेशन(WSS) कल्पना मेहता के उनके निवास इंदौर, मध्य प्रदेश में निधन पर गहरा शोक व्यक्त करता है. एक ऐसे समय में जब हम व्यापक पैमाने पर अभूतपूर्व सार्वजनिक स्वास्थ्य संकट से गुजर रहे हैं और जब सत्ता द्वारा असहमति के अधिकार को लगातार बेरहमी से कुचला जा रहा है, हमारे बीच से एक हमसफ़र और कॉमरेड का चले जाना बेहद पीड़ादायक है. 2009 में, WSS की स्थापना के समय से ही कल्पना लगातार इसके साथ जुड़ी रहीं. Continue reading

WSS Condemns the Hounding of Photo Journalist in Kashmir

WSS Condemns the Hounding of Photo Journalist in Kashmir

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) condemns the hounding of photo journalist, Masrat Zahra, by the Cyber Police in Srinagar, Kashmir. They have filed cases against her under section 505 the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 13 of the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), for posting her professional work online. WSS stands firmly in support of this fearless journalist and others like her who have recently been harassed in the line of duty for reporting the truth. Continue reading

WSS Condemns the Hounding of Photo Journalist in Kashmir

WSS Condemns the Hounding of Photo Journalist in Kashmir

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) condemns the hounding of photo journalist, Masrat Zahra, by the Cyber Police in Srinagar, Kashmir. They have filed cases against her under section 505 the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 13 of the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), for posting her professional work online. WSS stands firmly in support of this fearless journalist and others like her who have recently been harassed in the line of duty for reporting the truth. Continue reading

CASR Statement On The Arrest Of Prof. Anand Teltumbde And Gautam Navlakha

Condemn the Supreme Court’s denial of relief from arrest for Prof. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha and stand in solidarity with all voices for peoples’ rights and democracy!

Campaign Against State Repression (CASR) demands the immediate release of all political prisoners!

April 8th 2020

On March 16th 2020, the Supreme Court of India rejected the anticipatory bail plea of civil rights activists, Prof. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha, asking them to surrender by April 6th 2020. The review petition heard on April 8th 2020 cited the COVID-19 pandemic as reason to extend the period of reprieve from arrest by another seven weeks. Today, the petition has been rejected giving Prof. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha one week to surrender before the Bombay High Court stating, “we make it clear that there shall not be any further extension of time.” This order disregards the COVID-19 pandemic and displays a lack of concern over the health of persons over 65 years of age and the over-crowding of prisons at a time of a global health crisis. The order shows how inconsiderate the courts are to the realities of the people of this country. Rejection of the bail plea and issuance of an order to surrender amidst a pandemic reiterates the nature of Indian judiciary as subservient to the interests of the Brahmanical Hindutva Fascist State. Both civil rights activists are charged under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and various other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for their alleged involvement in the ‘violence’ at Bhima Koregaon, Maharashtra on January 1, 2018. Notably, neither were present at Bhima Koregaon on that date nor had any connection to the Bhima Koregaon Shaurya Din Prerna Abhiyan organised by the Elgaar Parishad. Continue reading