Category Archives: Reports

Eviction of Charan Khad Settlement Dharamshala: A Fact Finding Report

In response to disturbing information circulated on our mailing lists about the eviction of a long-standing settlement in Dharamshala, WSS (Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression) and Delhi Forum took the decision to field a joint fact-finding mission; with the objective of investigating the situation, ascertaining if violations of law and human rights had taken place and exploring the possibilities for resettlement and rehabilitation of the community.

Read the final report here and annexures here.

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.

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.

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

Fact Finding Reports : Looting and Sexual Violence by Security Forces in South Chhattisgarh

peddagellurWSS teams have gone for two fact-finding trips to South Chhattisgarh between October 2015 and January 2016. The second round of fact-finding was done in collaboration with Coordination fro Democratic Rights Organizations (CDRO).

The fact-findings uncovered incidents of sexual violence, loot and plunder in interior villages through the security forces while on their combing operations in Peddagellur and adjoining villages (Bijapur), Bellam Lendra (again in Bijapur) and Kunna (Sukma). The teams also went to Nilawaya (Dantewada) where an adivasi villager was killed while simply crossing going from one hamlet to another on October 7, 2015, and similarly in Pedda Jojer where four people had died, including of one 13 year old girl, enroute to the weekly haat in a so-called encounter in January 2016. We also visited the families of the two journalists, Somaru Nag and Santosh Yadav and went to Bhadrimahu (Bastar) a village which was linked to Santosh’s arrest.

A compiled report is under preparation. Read the village reports of each of these visits.
01 Peddagelur, Bijapur Fact Finding Report

02 Bellam lendra, Bijapur Fact Finding Report

03 Kunna, Sukma Fact Finding Report

04 Nilawaya, Dantewada Fact Finding Report

05 Pedda Jojer Fact Finding Report

06 Bhadrimahu, Bastar Fact Finding Report