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Itishree Pradhan

Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) deeply mourns the tragic death of Itishree Pradhan, aged 27, who was a Sikhya Sahayak at Tikiri Upper Primary School of Kashipur Block in Raygada district of Odisha. Her succumbing to 90% burn injuries and ultimate death is a direct outcome of her taking up the offence of sexual harassment at the hands of Netrananda Dandasena, the School Sub-Inspector (SI). WSS salutes Itishree Pradhan for her courage and persistence to bring to book the sexual harassment of the SI. Her courage is most inspiring even as she lost her life fighting against this grave injustice of sexual harassment at the workplace that women from all walks of life have to struggle against in this patriarchal society. Continue reading


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.


As the nation gears up for Republic Day celebrations, to applaud and showcase India as an economic power, we expose the other side of this rise to power – as thousands of steel plant workers are  brutally attacked by corporate goons on the eve of India’s completion of its 62nd year as a Republic. What does this say about the cost of India’s industrial growth?


We are extremely shocked and distressed over the barbaric inhuman violence on peaceful protesters especially women by the security guards and hired goons of Jindal steel plant in Angul, Odisha.  There has been series of attacks on unarmed peaceful protesters against forcibly land grab all over Odisha.  On 25th January 2012 when the entire Nation was gearing up for the Republic day celebrations and the Indian ruling classes, the big business and the corporate media was busy trumpeting the arrival of India’s major economical power house, the recurring brutal violence by the corporate goons on mass movements in ODISHA exposes the hollowness of our rulers claim of India being the world largest democracy.

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Sexual Assualt by Orissa Security Personnel


A Fact Finding Report by Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)

January 2011

An allegation of rape of an adivasi woman by security and police forces was brought to the notice of WSS by local activists who had been approached by the survivor’s father. The incident is said to have taken place on February 12, 2010 in Gajapati district in Orissa, but local activists came to know about it in August. The arrest and rape of this woman has largely gone unreported, providing impetus for the present investigation. Continue reading

Preliminary Observations of a Fact Finding by WSS in Odisha

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), an all-India platform of women’s organizations, constituted a fact-finding team to inquire into the situation of women in the areas of democratic struggles agasint large-scale mining and industrialization projects in Orissa. This team visited three different areas between 7-11 November 2011, namely Jagatisnghpur- Kalinganagar, Kashipur-Niyamgiri and Gajapati. Through this brief note we would like to share our observations, preliminary findings and concerns that emerge from this visit. In these areas, the team talked to the women, to activists, journalists and the local authorities, where needed.

It emerges that in all three areas women and children there are being very seriously affected in several direct and indirect ways.

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