हैदराबाद और उन्‍नाव के बलात्कार और हत्याओं के खिलाफ WSS का बयान

हैदराबाद और उन्‍नाव के बलात्कार और हत्याओं के खिलाफ WSS का बयान

6 दिसम्बर 2019 को तेलंगाना पुलिस ने चार निहत्थे लौरी मज़दूर जिनकी उम्र 20 से 24 साल की थी को उस जगह अपनी गोलियों से मौत के घाट उतार दिया जहां उन्होंने कथित रूप से एक हफ्ता पहले एक 26 साल की महिला के साथ सामूहिक दुष्‍कर्म कर उसकी हत्या की थी। ठीक इसी दोपहर उन्‍नाव की एक 23 साल की महिला जो पिछले साल अपने साथ हुए सामूहिक बलात्कार के अ‍पराधियों की पहचान के लिये रायबरेली कोर्ट में गवाही के लिये जा रही थी। इन अभियुक्तों में से एक को गिरफ्तार किया जा चुका था परंतु ठीक जिस दिन कोर्ट में सुनवाई होनी थी उसके एक हफ्ते पहले ही वह जमानत पर छूट चुका था। यह लड़की उस दिन कोर्ट पहुंच ही नहीं सकी क्योंकि उसे रास्ते में ही पांच आदमियों ने ज़िंदा जला डाला। जिनमें से दो उसके बलात्कार के भी अभियुक्त थे। और उनमें से एक वही था जिसे कुछ दिनो पहले ही ज़मानत मिली थी। आग की लपटों से जलती हुई वह एक किलोमीटर का रास्ता तय करके अस्पताल पहुंची। उसका 90 फीसदी शरीर जल चुका था। दो दिन के भीतर ही उसने अपना दम तोड़ दिया। जिस समय उसकी मौत हुई ठीक उससे पहले हैदराबाद के लोग युवा पशुचिकित्सक के कथित चार बलात्कारियों की पुलिस कस्टडी मे हुई हत्या का यह कहकर जश्न मना रहे थे कि ‘न्याय’ हुआ है। Continue reading

WSS Statement Against the rapes and murders in Hyderabad and Unnao

December 9, 2019

WSS Statement Against the rapes and murders in Hyderabad and Unnao

On December 6, 2019 four unarmed men – lorry workers aged between 20 and 24 – were killed by the Telangana police at the spot where they were suspected to have gang-raped and killed a 26-year old woman just over a week ago. That same afternoon, a 23-year old woman from Unnao who spoke out against being gang-raped in December last year, was on her way to the Raebareli court to testify against her rapists. One of the men she had accused of raping her had been arrested but was let out on bail just a week before her most recent court hearing. She never made it to court that day, because she was set ablaze by five men en route. Two of these five men were her accused rapists. One of them was the same person who had been let out on bail just days before. After walking a kilometre, still aflame, she was taken to hospital, her body battling 90% burn injuries. In less than two days she succumbed to her injuries. Just before she died, people in Hyderabad were celebrating the killing of the four men who had allegedly raped the young veterinarian doctor, by the police while they were in custody, crying out that “justice” had been served. Continue reading

WSS Statement On The Institutional Murder of Fathima Latheef And The Lack Of Action By IIT-Madras

WSS Condemns IIT-Ms Inaction regarding the Institutional Murder of Fathima Latheef

Demand Urgent Institution-level Inquiry into the role of Prof. Sudarshan Padmanabhan!

Stand in solidarity with Fathima’s family and fellow students, in their struggle for justice for Fathima!

On November 9th 2019, 19 year old Fathima Latheef, a first year topper student of IIT-Madras, committed suicide citing harassment by Prof. Sudarshan Padmanabhan in a note left behind on her cell phone. This is the fifth suicide on the campus of the elite institution this year with Fathima being victim to not just institutional casteism but anti-muslim harassment from the aforementioned professor. It must be noted that it has not even been six months since the institutional murder of another bright scholar, Dr. Payal Tadvi, due to anti-muslim and casteist harassment by her colleagues at BYL Nair hospital in Mumbai. Continue reading

WSS Fact Finding On The Updating Of The NRC In Assam

PRESS STATEMENT
FACT-FINDING ON THE UPDATING OF THE NRC IN ASSAM

“Sab keh rahe hain Bangladeshi ko hatana chahiye. Koi ye nahi bole ki ‘koi bhi genuine Indian ka naam nahi hatna chahiye’’ 

Between the 5th and 10th of November 2019, a nine person team of members of Women against Sexual Violence and State repression visited the state of Assam in order to understand the implications of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC), particularly for the most marginalised people of Assam. The team travelled to the Barak Valley region, home to several Bengali Hindus and Bengali Muslims, to the Char and Chapori villages (the river islands and villages on the banks of the Brahmaputra), home to some of the most vulnerable groups of people – largely the landless Miyah Muslim peasants. The team also visited villages in the districts of Jorhat, Sivasagar and Hojai, home to those who fled erstwhile East Pakistan in 1964 and tea plantations on which migrant workers from Jharkhand and the Chhota Nagpur plateau toil. The team met with workers, peasants, activists, academics and members of civil society in all of these regions.

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ज़ुल्म, ज़ख्म, आज़ादी… कश्मीरी औरतों की आवाज़ें : प्रेस विज्ञप्ति

4 अक्टूबर 2019

प्रेस विज्ञप्ति

ज़ुल्म, ज़ख्म, आज़ादीकश्मीरी औरतों की आवाज़ें

कश्मीर घाटी में बंदी का आज 60वां दिन है।

यौन हिंसा व राजकीय दमन के खिलाफ महिलाएं (WSS) की चार सदस्यीय टीम (किरण शाहीन, नंदिनी राव, प्रमोदिनी प्रधान, शिवानी तनेजा) ने 23 से 28 सितंबर 2019 तक कश्मीर घाटी का दौरा किया। इस दौरे का मकसद भारत सरकार द्वारा अनुच्छेद 370 को निरस्त किए जाने के बाद से लोगों, खासकर औरतों व बच्चों, के साथ बातचीत करना, उनकी आवाज़ सुनना और मौजूदा परिस्थितियों को समझना था।

टीम ने श्रीनगर, दक्षिण में शोपियां और उत्तर में कुपवाड़ा व बारामूला ज़िलों की यात्रा की। हम विभिन्न क्षेत्रों के लोगों से बात कर पाए – अपनेअपने घरों में कैद बूढ़ी और युवा औरतों, स्कूल शिक्षकों, अस्पताल के अधिकारियों, फेरीवालों, सड़क किनारे के विक्रेताओं, दुकानदारों, बाग मालिकों, कबाड़ियों, टैक्सी ड्राइवरों, ऑटो चालकों, वकीलों पत्रकारों, एक्टिविस्‍टों और स्कूल व कॉलेज के छात्रों से। हमने गांवों व मुहल्लों के साथसाथ स्कूलों, अदालतों और अस्पतालों का दौरा भी किया। यात्राएं बिना किसी योजना के की गईं और किसी के द्वारा निर्देशित नहीं थीं। हमारा मानना है कि हमारे द्वारा साझा किए गए विचार पूरी तरह से स्वतंत्र हैं। Continue reading

Zulm, Zakhm, Azaadi … The Voices of Kashmiri Women

Press Release

Zulm, Zakhm, Azaadi … The Voices of Kashmiri Women

Today is sixty days of the clampdown in the Kashmiri Valley.

A four-member team from Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) (Kiran Shaheen, Nandini Rao, Pramodini Pradhan and Shivani Taneja) visited Kashmir Valley from September 23-28, 2019. The aim was to interact with people, especially women and children, to listen to their voices and understand the present conditions since the abrogation of Article 370 by the Indian government.

The team traveled across the districts of Srinagar, Shopian to the South and Kupwara and Baramullah to the North. We were able to speak to people of various walks of life – older and younger women stuck in their homes, school teachers, hospital functionaries, hawkers, scrap-dealers, roadside vendors, shopkeepers, orchard owners, taxi drivers, auto drivers, lawyers, journalists, activists and school and college students. We visited villages and mohallas as well as schools, courts and hospitals. The visits were made at random and were not guided by anyone. We consider the views we share as being fully independent. Continue reading

Condemn Continuing Persecution and Threats of Imminent Arrest against Aloka Kujur, Stan Swamy and others by Jharkhand Government!

Stand in solidarity with Aloka Kujur, Stan Swamy, Vinod Kumar, Rakesh and several others who face sedition charges, sustained harassment and intimidation by the police!

WSS strongly condemns the continued persecution of rights activists in Jharkhand Aloka Kujur, Stan Swamy, Vinod Kumar, Rakesh Roshan and several others, in relation to the sedition case filed at the Khunti PS against 20 intellectuals, poets, writers, journalists, bankers and activists in July 2018. With routine surveillance of their movements continuing since last year, officials from Khunti PS showed up at Aloka Kujur’s residence in her absence, as recently as 22 September 2019, on the pretext of making inquiries against her with her neighbours and relatives. This marks a moment of escalation of intimidation tactics against those falsely named in the FIR. Continue reading