Soni Sori, an adivasi school teacher, was arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police under false charges of being a Maoist in October, 2011. While in custody, she was brutally tortured and sexually assaulted. As physical evidence about her torture is mounting, Soni is being pushed into an extremely precarious position. Act now for her release! Speak up against police violence and impunity!
Soni Sori is an adivasi school teacher and the warden of a government-run school for tribal children in Jabeli, Dantewada. In this war-torn district of Chhattisgarh, this was one of the few schools still operational in the countryside, till the Chhattisgarh police forced her to flee from Dantewada in early September 2011. Soni Sori has been harassed by the Dantewada police for more than a year now. The Chhattisgarh police tried to extra-judicially execute her, apprehensive that she possessed evidence to prove that false cases have deliberately been lodged against her. Fearing for her life, she fled to Delhi to seek legal help and expose the police atrocities.
On the 6th of July, 2011, in an alleged encounter, a minor girl was raped and shot dead in Sarguja District, Chhattisgarh. Villagers of Karcha, where the incident occurred, were unanimous in their opinion that Meena Xalxo, 15, was not a Naxalite. Further, there was absolutely no evidence of an encounter – no shells, blood stains or physical signs of an exchange of fire. However, post-mortem results revealed that Meena had been shot twice from a distance of 50 meters.
Below is a letter to Dr. Shanta Sinha, Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), drawing her attention to Meena’s case and urging her to initiate an immediate inquiry into the matter.
IN THE EYE OF THE STORM
Women in Jharkhand Facing Operation Greenhunt
A FACT FINDING REPORT BY WOMEN AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND STATE REPRESSION (WSS)
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In recent times, the state of Jharkhand has been characterized by rapid corporatisation and state interventions like the Operation Greenhunt. In the drive to tap the great mineral wealth in the forests of Jharkhand, tribal people’s lands have come under the attack of companies and their agents. As a result in the last few years, the state has seen a strong upsurge of tribal and peoples resistance movements against this. Set up to curb all forms of peoples resistance, Operation Greenhunt has resulted in incidents of brutal violence against the people of Jharakhand. There have been several reports/ allegations of police and other security forces inflicting violence on villagers during their anti-Maoist operations in areas under Operation Greenhunt, including rape and sexual violence against women. Against this backdrop, a team of women visited the state in November 2010 to look into specific news reports of rapes and get an understanding of the overall situation of women in the Operation Green Hunt areas of Jharkhand, with a specific attention to sexual violence.
This report is a compilation of their findings.
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF AN ADIVASI WOMAN BY ORISSA SECURITY PERSONNEL IN GAJAPATI DISTRICT
A Fact Finding Report by Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)
An allegation of rape of an adivasi woman by security and police forces was brought to the notice of WSS by local activists who had been approached by the survivor’s father. The incident is said to have taken place on February 12, 2010 in Gajapati district in Orissa, but local activists came to know about it in August. The arrest and rape of this woman has largely gone unreported, providing impetus for the present investigation. Continue reading
Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) is deeply concerned and disturbed by the news report Raped repeatedly, Naxal leader quits Red ranks that appeared on page 1 of the Times of India, dated August 27, 2010. Continue reading
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