Eviction of Charan Khad Settlement Dharamshala: A Fact Finding Report

In response to disturbing information circulated on our mailing lists about the eviction of a long-standing settlement in Dharamshala, WSS (Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression) and Delhi Forum took the decision to field a joint fact-finding mission; with the objective of investigating the situation, ascertaining if violations of law and human rights had taken place and exploring the possibilities for resettlement and rehabilitation of the community.

Read the final report here and annexures here.

Stop Victim Shaming: No Tolerance to Misogyny at SRFTI

Stop victim shaming: No tolerance to misogyny at SRFTI by Nisha Biswas

Being female in this world means having been robbed of the potential for human choice by men who love to hate us. One does not make choices in freedom. Instead, one conforms in body type and behavior and values to become an object of male sexual desire, which requires an abandonment of a wide-ranging capacity for choice…
Andrea Dworkin

Aristotle portrayed women as morally, intellectually, and physically inferior to men; saw women as the property of men; claimed that women’s role in society was to reproduce and serve men in the household; and saw male domination of women as natural and virtuous, echoing the deep rooted patriarchy of those times as well as millennia to come. Marx and Engels said that the patriarchal family, private property, and the state arose together. Patriarchy is a system of
domination enforced through violence and the threat of violence that is
developed and controlled by powerful men, in which women, children, other men, and nature itself are dominated. Patriarchal system has originated in history, which means that it is neither eternal nor inevitable. Some women and some men have resisted patriarchy throughout its history. Continue reading

Interim Fact Finding Report on the April Garment Workers Agitation in Karnataka

WSS Karnataka and PUCL-Karnataka conducted a fact finding on the police atrocities and related brutalities during and post the April garments workers demonstration in Karnataka. The workers were protesting against the new ordinance on the Employment Provident Fund by the Central Government.

The interim report can be read here.

No Strangers to Violence: More stories of rape and looting in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district

image1 for reportBetween the 5th and the 7th of May, 2016, a team of members from Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) and independent activists and reporters visited villages in Bijapur following a series of recent reports of mass sexual violence and assault on adivasi women by security forces and police in the area. The team visited a few villages in the Gangalur thana area, following reports of violence during a search and combing operation carried out by police and security forces. Villagers reported several instances of loot, plunder, arrests and violence over the last couple of years. In one such recent operation in November 2015, a young man was shot dead and then falsely declared a Naxalite; two young women were stripped, abducted and held in captivity in the forest for two days and were sexually assaulted. In another operation in January 2016, three young girls were sexually assaulted, and a young mother was brutally gangraped. This report details the findings of the team.

Press Statement: Bastar and the Bogey of Anti-Nationalisms

Statement of WSS in response to the attacks on an independent study team in Bastar and local villagers helping them, and a solidarity event in Kolkata

WSS (Women against Sexual Repression and State Violence) strongly condemns two recent incidents of harassment, malicious intimidation and vilification employed by the BJP government and its youth wing, the Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha, to silence critics of the ruling regime’s policies in Bastar. Continue reading

Press Statement: Once again in Chhattisgarh, the nightmare of rape, loot and physical violence repeats itself

Press Statement
9th May, 2016

(For a copy of the statement in Hindi, click here)

A team of activists from Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) and independent women activists and reporters visited villages in Bijapur following a series of recent reports of mass sexual violence and assault on adivasi women by security forces and police in the area. Continue reading

WSS Statement on the Rape and Murder of the Dalit Law Student from Kuruppampady, Kerala

WSS condemns the gruesome incident of the heinous rape and murder of a 30-year old law student from Kuruppampady village, Vattolippidi Canal Bund near Perumbavoor in Kerala’s Ernakulam district. On the evening of April 28th 2016, her mother, a daily-wage labourer returned home to find her younger daughter’s body raped, mutilated and murdered. She was studying for her law exams at home when the incident took place. Her body had 38 injuries, including in the genital area.

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