Monthly Archives: May 2016

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.

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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 findings over two visits.

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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State of Siege: Report on Encounters and Cases of Sexual Violence in Bijapur and Sukma districts of Chhattisgarh

On 14 January 2016, a combined team of Coordination of Democratic Rights Organizations (CDRO) and Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), conducted a fresh fact-finding in the Sukma and Bijapur districts in Chhattisgarh. Initially the objectives of the fact-finding mission was to investigate cases of encounter killings, supposed “surrenders” by Maoists and atrocities against tribal women in the villages in the intervening period of 3 months since the last fact-finding of WSS. However, the intensity and frequency of reported attacks, that the team learnt of once they were in the area, compelled them to limit the focus of the fact-finding to events that happened in the course of one week, between the 11 th and the 15 th of January.

Read the full report here State of Siege_Report_29th April_0