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‘Bearing Witness’ – A WSS Book on Sexual Violence in South Chhattisgarh

wss-book-release_16thfebThis book is a comprehensive compilation of the incidents of sexual violence in South Chhattisgarh, drawing on independent investigations or joint fact findings by WSS.

Pre-order your copy by writing to booksbywss@gmail.com

Title – Bearing Witness
Language – English
No. of pages – 128
Cost – Rs100/- + Rs40/- postal charges if required.
Bulk orders accepted. Postal charges will be confirmed according to the quantity ordered.

 

Land, Caste and Sexual Violence Against Dalit Girls and Women in Haryana – A report by WSS

Speak! The Truth Is Still Alive” is an effort to expose and analyse the continuing onslaught of sexual violence against the Dalit girls and women in the state of Haryana in North India. This report i s based on a series of visits by WSS members to villageharyana report covers in the districts of Rohtak, Hisar, Jind, Karnal and Kurukshetra, and interviews with some survivors and their families. WSS holds that it is incumbent on feminists, women’s movements and democratic rights movements to join Dalit movements and Dalit feminists in confronting and questioning the apathy and silence that shrouds the issue of sexual violence against Dalit women in Haryana. This report seeks to bring some of the most recent of these violations under scrutiny, to expose the institutional mechanisms that provide immunity and impunity to perpetrators, and collude with them to attack and intimidate those who are struggling for justice. Click here to read the report.

A Status Report on Bhagana by AFDR, PUDR and WSS

A joint team comprising Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR) from Punjab, People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) and Women against Sexual Violence and Statebhagana report cover Repression (WSS) from Delhi visited Bhagana village of Hisar district on May 13, 2014. The main purpose of this visit was to meet the villagers after the gruesome gang rape incident of the four Dalit girls earlier on March 23 by five men of the Jat community and to understand its links with the ongoing struggle that the Dalit community has been waging since May 2012 for access to common land. You can access the report here.

Rape and Murder of a Dalit Girl in Jind, Haryana

cover_dalit_girl_jindOn 24th August 2013, a 20 year old Dalit girl was brutally raped and murdered in Jind, Haryana, while she was on her way to write an examination. Her body was found near a canal the next day by the police. There were cigarette burn marks on her body and significant indications of sexual violence.

The gross negligence of the Haryana police and administration in following established investigative procedure was apparent when even after four days the culprits were not identified or arrested, and there was no progress on the investigation beyond sending it for post mortem. Further, coverage from national media and other national activists was also not forthcoming.

The All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM) put together a fact finding committee of activists, journalists and groups including WSS to visit the area and ascertain the facts of the case. From their preliminary investigation, the fact finding team strongly felt that this is a case of possible rape and murder that deserves to be rigorously investigated.

Click here for the report of their observations and findings.

A System of Injustice – The Displacement and Impoverishment of Pardhis in Multai, Madhya Pradesh

a_system_of_injustice-coverOn 9 September 2007, Pardhidhana, a locality in Chouthiya village in southern Madhya Pradesh was razed to the ground by hundreds of local farmers. Several members of the state machinery, including the police and higher administration, stood by as men rampaged through Pardhidhana setting fire to the shanties and demolishing the pucca houses after looting them. Several politicians, including the sitting MLA of the region took an active part in the proceedings.

Within hours of the demolition, two sets of heinous crimes had occurred: in one, two people, Bhondru and Dodelbai of Pardhidhana were found murdered in cold blood, and eyewitnesses alleged the gang rape of Dodelbai as well; in another, ten women alleged that they had been held back when the police forcibly evacuated Pardhidhana before the demolition, and had subsequently been gang raped. While the murders of Dodelbai and Bhondru have been investigated, only one person has been charged with both the crimes!

Based on the fact finding and a close analysis of the CBI charge sheets, what emerges is a systematic mis-carriage of justice. Despite fair judgements by the High Court, the displaced Pardhis have been systematically impoverished. This report details the many ways in which this has occurred.

To get a copy of the report, click here

For a copy of the report in Hindi, click here

Fake Encounters in Odisha

cover_fake_encounters_odishaOn November 14, 2012, media reported that five Maoists had been killed and one captured during an encounter between the security forces and the Sabyasachi Panda faction in the Bhaliaguda forest area of Gobindapur panchayat of Gajapati district (bordering Ganjam), which falls in the jurisdiction of Mohana Police Station.

Subsequent media reports carried the press statement of Sabyasachi Panda stating that those killed were innocent villagers, and that none of his party cadre or he had been hurt. On November 18, the families of the deceased also denied that they were linked with the Maoists. From media and other reports, it clearly appears that the state is hushing up these fake encounters.

The Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) called for a fact-finding and a six-member team consisting of individuals representing civil liberties and democratic rights organisations from Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, and Madhya Pradesh visited the area on Dec 8 and 9, 2012.

This report contains their observations and findings.

Click here for a copy of the report.

Repression of People affected by Kharak Dam – A Report

This report presents the terror faced by the people living in village Chaukhand, which is a village on the dam site of the Kharak dam proposed to be built on Kharak river in District Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. The incident occurred on 26th May 2013

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