Category Archives: Letters

Letter to CBI Demanding Action on Non-Filing of Charges of Gang Rape

The following letter was submitted to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the 11th of October 2013, demanding action in the incidents of looting, arson, and violence, on 9-10th October 2007 on the Pardhi community in Multai, in Betul, Madhya Pradesh. The letter demands that necessary steps on the statements of the ten affected Pardhi women who were gang raped be taken and rape charges be filed against the accused persons so that trials for the same can take place in the court of law; and that the CBI take cognizance of offence against the officers of the administration and police, as well as against the concerned politicians, of abetment, conspiracy, omission of duty and active participation, and for further investigation thereafter.

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Letter to NCPCR regarding Rape of Minor in Ranchi

The following letter to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) brings to attaention reports of the rape of a school-going minor girl in Arki, Khunti district, Jharkhand, by an SPO (Special Police Officer), several other policemen, and CRPF men, through 2012 up to mid-2013. It urges the Commission to undertake a larger fact finding on the safety of school-going children, especially young girls, in Khunti District highlighting the vulnerability of children in these conflict areas. Several instances of violation of child rights in several parts of Jharkhand as part of anti-naxal operations have occured. In December 2010, in a case brought to its attention by WSS, where three minor girls in the same district were arrested  for being ‘dangerous Naxals’ and treated as adults and sent to police custody, NCPCR’s intervention had led to their release in early January 2011.
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Letter Demanding the Release of Madhuri Krishnaswami, Senoir Activist of Jagrit Adivasi Dalit Sangathan (JADS)

A letter was sent to the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan demanding the release of Madhuri from JADS and a withdrawal of all charges being pressed by Health department staff against her and others from JADS. This arrest has been carried out in context of an earlier protest by JADS, carried due to the inhuman conditions in which an adivasi woman, Baniya Bai was forced to deliver at the roadside in public, since delivery care had been denied to her by the nearby Menimata PHC in Barwani district in November 2008. An independent enquiry into the entire incident related to Baniya Bai at Menimata PHC was also demanded along with prompt and effective action to improve maternal health services in Barwani district and other districts of Madhya Pradesh, to ensure that such denial of basic health rights and human rights is not repeated in future.

We are shocked and distressed to know that Ms. Madhuri, a leading organiser of Jagrit Adivasi Dalit Sangathan (JADS) has been arrested in Barwani on 16th May 2013. This arrest has been carried out in context of an earlier protest by JADS, carried due to the inhuman conditions in which an adivasi woman, Baniya Bai was forced to deliver at the roadside in public, since delivery care had been denied to her by the nearby Menimata PHC in Barwani district in November 2008. Some of us have met Baniya Bai and her family, and have documented from them directly the details of the event and the denial.
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Take back the President’s Police Medal of Gallantry awarded to Ankit Garg

picket_circularOn 26th January last year, IPS officer Ankit Garg who was charged with sexual assault of Soni Sori, was conferred the President’s Police Medal of Gallantry. Conferring this award amounts not only to condoning the sexual torture inflicted on Ms Sori and the violence which is being perpetrated in the name of anti-Naxal operations, but actually encouraging it. Today, when the nation’s conscience is stirred by heinous sexual crimes committed against women and the government is promising zero tolerance for sexual crimes, what signal does a gallantry award to Ankit Garg give?  At best it means that even the President’s office does not take too seriously the complaint of sexual assault of an adivasi woman, even after it has been independently verified by some of the nation’s best medical practitioners.  At worst, it signifies that some sexual assaults are not only tolerated by the government, but also decorated.

A year on, the campaign to withdraw the medal continues. Below is a letter to the President of India, demanding for its withdrawal together with a signature campaign. Read on and join in!

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Arrest of Advocate Rekha Parganiha in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh

WSS is alarmed to hear that Rekha Parganiha, an advocate from Bhilai, has been arrested on Sunday 4th March, for possession of “incriminating documents,” consisting of Bertolt Brecht, Bhagat Singh, Friedrich Engels  and Karl Marx!!!

She has been produced in court on March 5th and has been remanded in police custody for 5 days till March 10th.  We are concerned that the police custody seems to be overly long, and after Soni Sori’s experience with Chhattisgarh police, we are worried about the safety of all women activists taken into custody in Chhattisgarh, especially those charged with political offences.

The following letter has been submitted to the NHRC today and has been assigned  complaint number 27592/CR/12

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY REQUESTED TO PROBE BRUTAL ATTACK ON WOMEN & PMANE PREPRESENTATIVES IN TAMIL NADU

On January 31, 2012, two representatives of PMANE (People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy) accompanied by twenty women who have been peacefully opposing the Koodankulam Nuclear Power plant (KNPP) were brutally attacked in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu by Hindu Munnani goons accompanied by local Congress leaders. Below is a letter to the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu requesting an immediate probe into the matter Continue reading

OPEN LETTER TO THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA

Eminent citizens and groups write an open letter to the Chief Justice of India seeking justice for Soni Sori who is currently under trial in Chhatisgarh. A brief introduction to her case and a link to the letter can be found below.

As you are aware, Soni Sori, an adivasi school teacher and warden from Chhattisgarh, is currently facing trial in Chhattisgarh. Accused as a Maoist supporter, despite evidence of her having being framed as one in several cases, she has been in custody in Chhattisgarh for about three and a half months. What has been terribly shocking and perturbing is the fact that while in custody she has been subjected to gross sexual torture, evidence of which has come to light following a Supreme Court directive for medical examination in a government hospital in Kolkata. Compounding her crisis is the fact that despite this damning evidence, Soni Sori has remained in the custody of the Chhattisgarh police for all this while.

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