Monthly Archives: December 2012

Statement by Women’s Groups against Anti-women statements made by Ministers in Madhya Pradesh

In Madhya Pradesh, Ministers have been making anti women statements and endorsing and participating in actions like burning jeans etc. siting these as the cause behind sexual harrassment that women are facing. Women’s groups and other progressive organisations have strongly opposed such actions and statements. Download the statement here – Statement_mpmahilamanch_31.12

Soni Sori Fact Sheet

ssThis post presents a comprehensive and informative fact sheet of Soni Sori’s case so far.  Continue reading

Statement by Women’s & Progressive Groups & Individuals Condemning Sexual Violence & Opposing Death Penalty

On 16 December, 2012, a 23-year old woman and her friend hailed a bus at a crossing in South Delhi. In the bus, they were both brutally attacked by a group of men who claimed to be out on a ‘joy-ride’. The woman was gang raped and the man beaten up; after several hours, they were both stripped and dumped on the road. While the young woman is still in hospital, bravely battling for her life, her friend has been discharged and is helping identify the men responsible for the heinous crime.

Below is a statement issued by concerned citizens and  several women’s, students’ and progressive groups in response to the crime and the ensuing reactions of the public.  Continue reading

The State and Sexual Violence: Challenging Impunity, Demanding Justice

Final wss repor english cover_cropSexual violence has become the weapon of choice in the state’s repressive arsenal, by any parliamentary party in power. Women become the most vulnerable targets of violence during war, communal violence or military occupation. Rape and violence are not simply acts of a few depraved individuals but a weapon used systematically by individuals, society and state to subjugate women or ‘teach them a lesson’.

By probing and documenting several cases of sexual violence perpetrated by the state in various parts of the country, this report by WSS seeks to highlight a pattern that has been emerging over the last few years, to make visible a barbaric, unlawful face of the Indian state, which is being obfuscated and hidden from the public view in various ways.

To get a copy of the report, click here

For a copy of the report in Hindi, click here

AFSPA, Army Act and the Police: The (Im)Possibility of Justice for the Citizen Victim?

Report of the Fact Finding Team on Sexual Assault in Dolopa, July 2012

Dolopa Fact FindingOn 13th July 2012, a Lance-Naik of the 287 Field Regiment of the Indian Army attempted to rape a 19 year old woman of the Mishing community in a forest close to the village of Dolopa in Assam. Even though the culprit was caught red-handed in the act, the Army refused to allow any criminal proceedings in ordinary courts to take place, while further traumatizing the victim and her mother by prolonged detention and interrogation.

This report by a fact finding team places this incident in the background of draconian laws like the AFSPA and the Army Act of 1950, describing how the immunity provided to security forces in an environment of institutionalized patriarchy further subverts the criminal justice system to the disadvantage of all civilians, particularly the women, indigenous community people and poorest of poor.

To download a pdf copy of the report, click on Dolopa_FactFinding_Report

Sexual violence, AFSPA and Army court martial procedures

We invite you to a meeting in Delhi to be hosted jointly by Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression, its constituent members and WinG on

State, Sexual Violence and Impunity: Facts from the Field

We will be releasing a report on the incident of attempted rape by a soldier of the Indian Army in Dolopa, Assam, that adds yet another page to the shameful chronicle of sexual violence being perpetrated by the armed forces in the North East, Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and other supposedly “disturbed areas” of the country. Our reports have consistently highlighted the impunity provided by the existing provisions such as the Army Act, that place criminal acts perpetrated by army men, such as rape and sexual violence, outside the purview of the normal criminal procedures. We will place our demand that sexual violence and rape cannot, under any circumstances, be tried under army laws. As the victims of such violence are largely civilians, these criminal acts should be brought under the normal criminal procedure code and not be tried by the army, using court martial procedures.

 Date: Sunday December 9, 2012

Time: 11.00 AM to 3.00 PM

Venue: Indian Women’s Press Corps, 5 Windsor Place, New Delhi

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