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शोमा सेन, सुधीर धावले , सुरेन्द्र गड्लिंग, रोना विल्सन और महेश राउत की महाराष्ट्र पुलिस द्वारा गिरफ्तारी की wss द्वारा भर्त्सना

शोमा सेन, सुधीर धावले , सुरेन्द्र गड्लिंग, रोना विल्सन और महेश राउत की महाराष्ट्र पुलिस द्वारा गिरफ्तारी की wss द्वारा भर्त्सना
यौन हिंसा और राजकीय दमन के खिलाफ महिलाएं (WSS) देश भर में नागरिक अधिकार कार्यकर्ताओं पर कठोर दमनकारी  कानूनी कार्रवाई के तहत अपनी सक्रीय  सदस्य, प्रोफेसर शोमा सेन के साथ-साथ अन्‍य प्रमुख दलित और मानव अधिकार कार्यकर्ताओं की मनमाने ढंग से की गयी गिरफ्तारी से स्तंभित है और सरकार के इस कदम की घोर निंदा करती है. Continue reading

शोमा सेन, सुधीर ढवळे, सुरेंद्र गडलिंग, रोना विल्सन आणि महेश राऊत यांचा महाराष्ट्र पोलिसांनी केलेल्या अहेतूक अटकेचा जाहिर निषेध!

शोमा सेन, सुधीर ढवळे, सुरेंद्र गडलिंग, रोना विल्सन आणि महेश राऊत यांचा महाराष्ट्र पोलिसांनी केलेल्या अहेतूक अटकेचा जाहिर निषेध!

संपूर्ण देशभरातील नागरी स्वातंत्र आंदोलकांवरील भयानक कारवायांमध्ये, लैंगिक हिंसा आणि राज्य दडपशाही विरोधात महिला (WSS) आपल्या मौल्यवान सदस्या प्राध्यापिका शोमा सेन व इतर आघाडीचे दलित मानवाधिकार कार्यकर्ते यांच्या अहेतुक अटकेबद्दल निषेध व्यक्त करत आहोत.

दिनांक 6 जुन रोजी सकाळी 6.00 वाजता प्राध्यापिका शोमा सेन, अॅडव्होकेट सुरेंद्र गडलिंग, सांस्कृ्तिक कार्यकर्ते सुधीर ढवळे, मानवाधिकार कार्यकर्ते रोना विल्सन, आणि विस्थापन विरोधी आंदोलक महेश राऊत यांना नागपुर, बॉम्बे आणि दिल्लीच्या वेगवेगळया ठिकाणाहून महाराष्ट्र पोलिसांकडून अटक करण्यात आली आहे. Continue reading

WSS Statement On The Arbitrary Arrests Of Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, and Mahesh Raut By The Maharashtra Police

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Condemn the arbitrary arrests of Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, and Mahesh Raut by the Maharashtra Police!

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) is outraged at the arbitrary arrest of its valued member, Professor Shoma Sen along with other leading Dalit and human rights activists, in an alarming crackdown on civil liberties activists throughout the country.

Today, on 6th June 2018 at 6 am in the morning, Professor Shoma Sen, Advocate Surendra Gadling, cultural activist Sudhir Dhawale, human rights activist Rona Wilson and anti-displacement activist Mahesh Raut were arrested from different locations in Nagpur, Bombay and Delhi by the Maharashtra police. Continue reading

Condemn the State Sponsored Massacre Scripted as ‘Encounter’ in Gadchiroli and Bijapur in Central India

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) condemn the recent spate of genocidal violence unleashed by the Indian State on the adivasis of Central India in the form of ‘encounter’ killings in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra and Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. The alleged ‘encounter’, a term used in the subcontinent to describe the extra-judicial killing of citizens by the armed forces and police, in Gadchiroli district took place in the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border in the Rela-Kasnasur forest in the intervening night of 22nd-23rd April 2018. With more bodies being fished out of the Indravati River, the death toll of this alleged encounter has reached 39, nineteen of whom were women, all of whom killed by the Commando-60 (C-60) Squad of the Maharashtra Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). This was quickly followed by another encounter in the neighbouring state of Chhattisgarh on the 27th of April 2018 where eight more were killed in an operation led by the notorious Greyhound force of the Telangana Anti-Naxal Unit along with Chhattisgarh Police and the CRPF. This alleged encounter took place near the Ipenta village in Bijapur district with six women among those declared dead. These extra-judicial killings have resulted in the death of 47 persons, several of whom are unidentified, and with fears of more persons, including minors, missing from the districts of Gadchiroli and Bijapur. Reports coming out of area reveal heartbreaking accounts of how villagers including children gathered for a marriage function were rounded up and killed without provocation by the security forces. Continue reading

The Nava Peshwai Terror against the Dalits and State Repression

WSS condemns the wave of state repression following the peaceful commemoration of the Ambedkarite community on the 200th anniversary of the battle of Bhima Koregaon. The most recent wave of repression is a set of raids without a warrant conducted simultaneously at 6 am on 17 April, 2018, upon the homes of Kabir Kala Manch activists Rupali Jadhav, Jyoti Jagtap, Ramesh Gaichor, Sagar Gorkhe and Dhawala Dhengle in Pune; Republican Panther activists Sudhir Dhavale and Harshali Potdar in Mumbai; and Nagpur-based lawyer Surendra Gadling and Delhi-based CRPP activist Rona Wilson. Rupali and Jyoti are also members of WSS and staunch feminist activists. Continue reading

Statement on Sexual Harassment and Internal Complaints Committees on Campuses

Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) stands firmly with all those who have come forward to report their experiences of sexual harassment and assault in university spaces and colleges across the country by male faculty members. The feminist movement has acknowledged that there is no one way to seek justice and each complainant must have the autonomy to find their path to speak and seek redressal. We extend our solidarity to the complainants and salute their courage for exposing the sexually predatory behavior of powerful faculty members at immense personal and professional risk. We further condemn unequivocally all the attempts made by vested interests to pressurize the complainants into withdrawing their complaints and demand free and fair enquiries in each of the reported cases. Continue reading

Tribute To Our Member Rajni Tilak

WSS mourns the loss of Rajni Tilak, an invaluable member of WSS, a friend to so many of us.  Rajni was a fiery Dalit feminist, an untiring anti-caste fighter and a Dalit writer. Her life epitomized struggle both at the personal and political level. She was taken away from us far too soon, and even now it is hard to believe that she is not still with us.   Above all, Rajni was a pioneer who raised questions of caste and patriarchy in the context of the movements and politics located more specifically in North India and Delhi , at a time when hardly anyone was doing so.  We might even say that because anti-caste struggles in this region and city were largely invisible to women’s groups and left organisations for so long, it is thanks to fighters like Rajni that spaces were created in often hostile terrain.  Moreover, Rajni’s life was characterized by hardship and struggle as she shouldered the responsibilities of supporting her family and siblings as a single parent, and later on her own ailing mother, whom she nurtured steadfastly till her very last days.  Her acumen and strategic understanding in many situations also drew from such a life of determination and grit against all odds.  We express our deepest condolences to all the family and friends she has left behind, most especially her daughter Jyotsna Siddharth, of whom Rajni was so proud. Continue reading