Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression
2 February 2017
WSS applauds the “NHRC Effect”
Government of Chattisgarh takes action to restore rule of law in Bastar
IG Kalluri asked to proceed on long leave
WSS welcomes the actions taken by the Government of Chhattisgarh to restore its credibility and regain the confidence of the citizens of Bastar. In a series of decisive administrative actions yesterday, the state government announced the appointment of Sri P Sundararaj, IPS as DIG of the newlycreated Dantewada Range. Bastar IG Sri SRP Kalluri has been asked to proceed on long leave.
These actions follow on the heels of the appearance of senior state government officials before the National Human Rights Commission on 30 January 2017. The NHRC had summoned these officials to answer for the apathy of the state government in responding to the egregious violations of human rights and vendetta against human rights defenders perpetrated by the police and police sponsored vigilante groups encouraged and supported by the police under Sri Kalluri. Continue reading
Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression
7 January 2017
NHRC indicts Chhattisgarh police for sexual violence against Adivasi women in Bastar
Interim order validates WSS complaints
WSS welcomes the decisive intervention of the National Human Rights Commission in cases of sexual violence against Adivasi women by police and security forces engaged in anti-Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh. Validating our assertion that sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war in Bastar, the Commission has held the State government “vicariously liable” for gross violations of human rights.
Taking cognizance of press reports based on WSS fact-findings and successive complaints submitted by us, the NHRC conducted its own field investigation in March 2016, meeting and recording the statements of 16 women. In its strongly-worded note issued today, the Commission has prima facie validated their FIRs of rape, sexual assault and physical violence. Statements are awaited from 20 more women who have also filed FIRs of sexual violence ranging from mass rapes to sexual assault of minor girls and pregnant women. Continue reading
Rape, Murder and Looting in Mewat: The Night of August 24 th 2016
A team of members from Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression went on a fact finding visit to the village of Dingerheri in Nuh district of the Mewat region of Haryana (bordering Rajasthan) on the 21 st September 2016. According to very sparse news reports that only trickled in around mid September, a horrific attack had taken place in the dead of night in the outskirts of this village. A couple was murdered, their house looted, two young women gangraped, and several other members seriously injured while they were sleeping. They were all Muslim. The case was to be handed over to the CBI.
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
About 300 people – WSS activists, women activists from the National Union of Forest Working People, students from the march for Rohith Vemula – gathered at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on the evening of 23 February for a candlelight vigil to mark Kashmiri Women’s Resistance Day. This is the anniversary of the gang rapes of 25 women in Kunan Poshpora village of Kashmir, by soldiers of the Fourth Raj Rifles. The vigil was an expression of solidarity with the thousands of women in Kashmir, Manipur, Chhattisgarh and other parts of the country who are being subjected to sexual violence by the army and security forces. Protesters sang songs of struggle and resistance, and reaffirmed their commitment to standing with women in exposing and opposing state violence.
Coalition against State Repression
Protest against State Violence and Repression on Dalits, Adivasis and Minorities
In solidarity with Kashmiri Women’s Day of Resistance
Tuesday, February 23, 5 pm, Mysore Bank Circle, Bangalore
On 23 February 2016, Coalition against State Repression calls for people to join us in a protest against State violence and repression against Dalits, Adivasis and Minorities which the State has been perpetrating in different parts of the country including Chattisgarh in the recent past. This is also in solidarity with the Kashmiri Women’s Day of Resistance which marks the 25th anniversary of the mass sexual assaults of Kashmiri women and torture of Kashmiri men in Kunan Poshpora.
Bangalore, 23 February 2016
A group of about 50 people, including students, lawyers, activists and organisations who have come together under the banner of Coalition Against State Repression, held a demonstration at the Mysore Bank Circle in Bangalore on 23rd evening. They protested against State violence and repression on Dalits, Adivasis and Minorities – focusing on the recent attacks on Soni Sori, lawyers, journalists and activists in Chhattisgarh and expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri Women’s Day of Resistance marking the the 25th anniversary of the mass sexual assaults of women and torture of men in Kunan Poshpora.