Statement in support of student protests at the University of Hyderabad
WSS strongly condemns the brutal police action against the students of the University of Hyderabad. The students, who were exercising their democratic right to protest, were lathi-charged, beaten and manhandled and women students were mauled and threatened with sexual assault. Students and faculty members were forcibly dragged into police vans, thrashed and moved from thana to thana to prevent them from contacting their lawyers and families. They have also been mercilessly beaten while in custody. As many as 34 students and three faculty members have been sent to jail – the beatings have continued even after remand.
Soni Sori, the adivasi leader from Chhattisgarh addresses students from JNU connecting their struggle with the struggle of the adivasis in Chhattisgarh. Elaborating of the challenges that the adivasis face, Soni emphasis the need for freedom of her people to be in their forests, lands, fields and homes. Under the garb of fighting naxalism the state has been systematically killing adivasis who have populated the land for generations so it can have their jal, jungle zameen. Anyone who raises a question about the unconstitutional way in which the forces and police are carrying out their operations is targeted. She also explains the fake encounter of Mardam which was the reason for her being attacked
Encountering Injustice : The Case of Meena Khalko
Synopsis – The film looks into an alleged encounter of a 15 year old adivasi girl, Meena Khalkho who lived in Village Karcha of Balrampur district of North Chhattisharh. She was killed by the police who alleged that she was a naxalite. Moving between the electronic news coverage of the incident and testimonies of her parents and other people from her village, the film investigates the claims of the police. Sexual violence, the attempt to suppress the truth of meena’s murder and the impunity of the culprits gradually comes to light. We also get a glimpse into how difficult and long the struggle for justice is in the conflict zones of the country. This film is part of a series of films called Loktantra Hazir Ho produced by the Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS).
About 300 people – WSS activists, women activists from the National Union of Forest Working People, students from the march for Rohith Vemula – gathered at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on the evening of 23 February for a candlelight vigil to mark Kashmiri Women’s Resistance Day. This is the anniversary of the gang rapes of 25 women in Kunan Poshpora village of Kashmir, by soldiers of the Fourth Raj Rifles. The vigil was an expression of solidarity with the thousands of women in Kashmir, Manipur, Chhattisgarh and other parts of the country who are being subjected to sexual violence by the army and security forces. Protesters sang songs of struggle and resistance, and reaffirmed their commitment to standing with women in exposing and opposing state violence.