Clarion Call for action against RAPE #NCR #VAW #DelhiPolice


                                                                 

                                                                CALL FOR ACTION AGAINST RAPE!!!

JOIN THE PROTEST AGAINST POLICE INACTION

 

DEMAND A SAFER DELHI NCR FOR WOMEN

 

11AM   TO   1PM:   5th   May,   2012

RALLY   FROM   Mandi House  to  ITO

 

Every day we hear news of incidents of rape, molestation and other sexual assault in Delhi-NCR. Just this year, these have been some of the most shocking incidents that have occurred in public places!

 

12th Mar, 2012: a 23-year-old woman abducted in a car from near Sahara mall, Gurgaon, and gang-raped.

10th Mar, 2012: a 24-year-old woman, waiting for a bus with her child, Bajghera village, Gurgaon, abducted and raped.

25th Feb, 2012: a 6-year-old abducted and raped in Mundka.

10th Feb, 2012: A 17-yr-old abducted and gang-raped by 2 men in Chawla, Gurgaon.

10th Feb, 2012: A 16-y ear-old girl abducted by 2 men and raped in a moving car in Kanjhawala.

9th Feb, 2012: A 13-yr-old girl abducted by 3 youth in Jyoti Nagar area and raped.

 

465 rape cases registered in 2011 (till December 10th)

489 rape cases in 2010

459 rape cases in 2009

 

According to media reports, Delhi Police says a woman is raped 
every 18 hours and molested every 14 hours.

 

Delhi Commissioner of Police, B.K.Gupta accepts that ‘Not all rape cases get reported’

 

WHAT IS THE ATTITUDE OF THE DELHI POLICE?
Instead of working to prevent such crimes, protecting the rights of victims, or ensuring justice, this is what they have said on tehelka.com
Indecent clothing prompts men to rape…. Their mothers did not bring them up properly….They asked for it….
Women dress up to attract men….. Girls don’t stay within their limits….Must have been     friendly with the rapist…
Records show she had a relationship….. They have made rape a business…
They are from the working class, it’s all about money….”

 

WE DEMAND ACTION:

 ·         The Commissioner of Police must publicly take responsibility for the statements made by his department/officials. He must break his silence on the matter, and state clearly that sexual assault is a crime that will not be tolerated.

·         The Police must immediately respond to complaints of crimes against women and follow the legal process. Action must be taken against police personnel who fail to do this.

                                                                                                                                                                             

WOMEN HAVE A RIGHT TO BE SAFE — IN HOMES, ON STREETS, IN BUSES

AND IN WORKPLACES!

 

Join the Protest. Bring a   thaali   and   a   spoon   each.   Wear   RED  as  a  Sign  Of   Your   Protest

Citizens Collective Against Sexual Assault

Tel: 011-26966334, 26692700, 26447608, 24316832; Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/sbandolan/

Immediate Release–Convention Demands for Victims of Bathani Tola Massacre


Convention Demands for Victims of Bathani Tola Massacre

Calls For Countrywide Movement Against

‘Massacre of Justice’ by the Bihar HC Verdict Acquitting All Accused

New Delhi, 24 April, 2012

A Convention was held in the national capital on ‘Bathani Tola Acquittal: Political Complicity and Issues of Justice in Feudal and Communal Massacres’, on 23 April in the evening, at the Gandhi Peace Foundation. The Convention had been held in the backdrop of the Bihar HC verdict earlier this month acquitting all the accused in the Bathani Tola massacre in 1996 of 21 dalit and Muslim landless poor, all but one of whom were women and children. The Bihar HC overturned a lower court’s verdict of 2010 sentencing three to death and twenty to life imprisonment.

Introducing the issue, Kavita Krishnan, Central Committee member of the CPI(ML) said that the Bihar HC verdict had serious implications for the struggle for justice, not only in the Bathani Tola case but for all victims of feudal-communal massacres in Bihar and the rest of the country. The verdict disbelieves the evidence of eyewitnesses, by suggesting that had they really been present, they too would have been killed by the perpetrators. The verdict therefore implies that only the dead can be accepted as truthful witnesses to a massacre! If we declare it impossible for there to be any survivors and eyewitnesses to a massacre, then how can we ever convict any perpetrators of a massacre?

Prof. Anand Chakravarty spoke about the deep chasm between the rule of law and ‘justice’. He said that ‘justice’ should be understood not just in a judicial sense but in the wider sense of economic, social, and political justice. Citing instances of judicial bias against the dalit and adivasi agrarian labourers, he quoted the Tamil Nadu High Court verdict in the Kilvenmani massacre of 1969, which had found it ‘astonishing’ and ‘difficult to believe’ that ‘rich men, owning vast extents of land’, one of whom even ‘possessed a car’, could be guilty of burning alive 42 dalits! In the context of the Rupaspur (Purnea) massacre of 14 adivasi sharecroppers in 1971, he quoted the words of a well-known advocate who had justified the massacre, “It is because of me (i.e the landlord) that he had the land, it is because of me that he had a livelihood … Now he is violating that relationship by refusing to share the crop; this is a breach of trust which cannot be tolerated.” Prof. Chakravarty spoke of the principal social contradictions of Bihar, in the backdrop of which the Ranveer Sena had conducted more than 23 massacres in Bihar in the 1990s. The apparent reason for the massacres lay in contestations over land, wages and social dignity, he said, and the mobilizations of the radical Left groups on the latter issues, he stressed, were largely demanding rights within the Constitutional framework. The real reason for the massacres, he felt, was that the assertion of the underclass was viewed as an act of defiance against the hierarchical class and caste order. He held that the Bihar Government today, for all its rhetoric, is actually deeply inimical to the economic, social and political entitlements of the oppressed classes, and that therefore the prospects of justice for the latter are quite weak.

Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan spoke about the entrenched upper class and caste biases in the judiciary, and about how difficult it is for the poor and oppressed to approach the Courts for justice, or even to prove their innocence when they are falsely framed for some crime by the state machinery.

Prof. Nandini Sundar of Delhi University said that we should be hopeful and confident that the people of Bathani Tola would get justice – not so much because one has faith in the judiciary, but because one has faith in the commitment of the people and the party towards the struggle for justice. She said that the verdict seems to blame the survivors and witnesses for the weaknesses of the police investigators and prosecutors. She questioned the underlying assumption that the Bathani Tola massacre was a result of group rivalries (i.e between CPI(ML) and the Ranveer Sena), and that the survivors’ political affiliation made them ‘unreliable witnesses.’ She said that P Chidambaram was being opportunist when he asked why no one demanded justice for the Bathani Tola victims; since he himself was in the habit of branding those who raised such matters as ‘Maoist sympathizers.’

Jaya Mehta, economist and activist, spoke of her visit along with a team, to Amausi in Khagaria district of Bihar, which was the site of a massacre in 2009. She pointed out that in stark contrast to Bathani Tola where the Ara verdict had come out in 14 years later, a verdict sentencing 10 musahars (‘mahadalits’) including Comrade Bodhan Sada to death had come out within four years. She held that Amausi verdict to be deeply unjust and out of sync with the facts on the ground as emerged from the team’s preliminary enquiry. Noting the Bihar Government’s back-tracking on the question of land reform, she stressed the need for a united Left movement on the question of land reform and land rights to the oppressed.

Comrade Ramji Rai, politburo member of the CPI(ML), said that 16 years ago, Ranveer Sena committed the massacre in Bathani Tola, but now, what we are witnessing is a judicial massacre of Bathani Tola. And the foundations of this massacre of justice, he said, were laid long ago: when the Nitish Kumar Government came to power and disbanded the Amir Das Commission that been set up to enquire into the political patrons of the Ranveer Sena.

He reminded that the Bathani Tola massacre was a virulent feudal-communal backlash against the bid at political and social equality by the poor and oppressed of Bhojpur. The CPI(ML) had won two Assembly seats at Sahar and Sandesh in 1995 – and this was the immediate backdrop in which the Ranveer Sena came into being. He recalled speaking to Sheetal Choudhury from Ara, who had said that Bhojpur had witnessed a ‘little revolution’ (chhoti moti kranti) that had forced the feudal forces to accept the dalit and landless oppressed as political and social equals. The massacre was intended to punish this assertion and reestablish the old order.

He pointed out the strong ideological and political linkages between the Ranveer Sena and the Sangh Parivar, and the communal overtones of the feudal massacre at Bathani Tola, in which Muslim families had been singled out for the most barbaric crimes. There was documentary evidence, he said, that the Ranveer Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh had called to ‘throw out the red flag from India’s soil.’ Reminiscent of the Bajrang Dal, Brahmeshwar had called for liquidation of the ‘Naxalites,’ saying that when Hanuman burnt Lanka, he had not spared women and children. Brahmeshwar Singh, mirroring the nationalist posturing of the Sangh Parivar, had called his organization the ‘nationalist’ (rashtravadi) peasant organization. Nitish’s predecessor Laloo Prasad, in spite of his anti-communal posturing, had never acted against the Ranveer Sena. Brahmeshwar Singh, the Ranveer Sena chief, had never been named in any of the FIRs of massacres. And the Nitish Government had failed even to oppose the bail plea of Brahmeshwar Singh, allowing him to walk free!

Comrade Ramji Rai called for a countrywide declaration of rejection of and struggle against the ‘massacre of justice’ represented by the Bihar HC verdict on Bathani Tola.

The Convention ended with recitation of poems by the people’s poet and balladeer Vidrohi.

Online essay competition on disability issues


A collection of pictograms. Three of them used...

A collection of pictograms. Three of them used by the United States National Park Service. A package containing those three and all NPS symbols is available at the Open Icon Library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sruti disAbility Rights Center invites you to join an online essay competition.

Topics:

1.     My response to a wheelchair.

2.    When the bus conductor denied Nagma, a young blind girl, a journey to her destination…

3.    Inclusive Education for children with disabilities in the post Right to Education Act

2009 era.

4.    Bollywood’s attempt to mainstream the marginalized.

Word count: 3000 (upper limit)

Deadline: 10th May, 2012

Date of announcement of winners: 30th May 2012

  • All applicants must mention their name, age, and postal address at the end of the essay.
  • 3 top essays will be awarded attractive prizes.
  • Best essays will be published by Sruti and used as advocacy material for disability rights.

For entries and queries, please mail to sruti.inclusion@gmail.com

For more information, please call Proma Basu Roy at 09748856474.

Remove Monty from Planning Commission #poverty #India


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Because he is creating an India that is awesomely elitist.

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Our Suggestion to Montek Singh Ahluwalia: Quit the planning commission and do a PhD. It will allow you to call yourself Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia. Possible Thesis Topic: The Horrible Impact of Horribly Elitist Policies by Horribly Elitist Policymakers in India: 2004-2012.

In September 2009, Montek claimed that inflation will decline by the end of the year. In November 2009, Inflation was at 11.5%. In December 2009, it was 13.5%. In the first month of the new year, it was 14.97%. And in February 2010, it reached 16.22%.

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Join- United Protest against Evictions and Repression in West Bengal


25 April, 11.30 am


in front of Banga Bhavan 

 (3, Hailey Road, New Delhi)

(nearest metro station is Mandi House)

Nonadanga, Kolkata, witnessed the complete demolition of the over 200 slumdwellers houses on 30th March 2012. The consequent many peaceful marches brutally lathicharged(April 4, 8, 12…), hundreds of activists arrested and seven branded with ‘anti-national activities’, mass hunger strike for 12 days by the local Ucched Pratirodh Committee and daily confrontations with the KMDA and police later, people are rebuilding their houses and questioning the model of developmental terrorism.
We are aware of similar processes of eviction drives in the name of development in Delhi, and we struggle against the (designs of the) ruling class which underpin it.

Of the seven arrested activists, two continue to languish in jail, one of them under the draconian UAPA.


WE demand:

  • Immediate and unconditional release of all the activists arrested on April 8. Drop charges against all seven of them: Debolina Chakraborty, Samik Chakraborty, Abhijnan Sarkar, Debjani Ghoah, Manas Chatterjee, Siddhartha Gupta and Partha Sarathi Ray.
  • Drop the draconian UAPA and all charges on Debolina Chakraborty, and release her immediately and unconditionally.
  • The state must stop further harassment of residents and activists, and apologise to the people for having infringed upon its democratic right to organise and dissent; and take action against the police officers involved in the lathicharge on April 4.
  • The right to housing and rehabilitation of the slum-dwellers and hawkers in Nonadanga must be immediately ensured in a fair and just manner so that that their labour-power is not further devalued.
  • All construction in Nonadanga by the KMDA must come to an immediate halt. The eviction drive in the city, and the anti-people programme of neo-liberal capitalist development of which it is an integral part, must be stopped.
  • The process of slum-eviction in Delhi must be stopped immediately and inhabitants of the jhuggi-jhopri clusters in the city should be provided with adequate land, and respectable housing with clean drinking-water sources and proper sanitation amenities.

Joint pamphlet for campaign in Delhi on the same from mass organisations is attached in hindi.
its english translation, also given as press note, is available here: http://sanhati.com/articles/4956/

Sd/-
All India Federation of Trade Unions(New)
All India Students Association
All India Revolutionary Students Organisation
Bigul Mazdoor Dasta
Disha Chatra Sagathan
Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra
Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association
Krantikari Naujawan Sabha
Krantikari Yuva Sangathan
Mazdoor Patrika
Mehnatkash Mazdoor Morcha
New Socialist Initiative
Peoples’ Democratic Front of India
Progressive Democratic Students Union
People’s Union for Democratic Rights
Posco Pratirodh Solidarity-Delhi
Radical Notes
Sanhati-Delhi
Shramik Sangram Committee
Students For Resistance
Vidyarthi Yuvajan Sabha

Delhi: Dead girl found at Metro Station


A dead body of a 22 year old girl has been recovered near the Nehru place metro station.

Police is suspecting that the girl was first raped and then murdered. Crime in the National capital is on rise

Pakistani human rights activist asks govt to reveal identities of Indian Prisoners of War


, TNN | Apr 23, 2012, 07.03PM IST

AMRITSAR: Pakistan’s former Federal Minister for Human Rights, Ansar Burney has asked Pakistan to reveal the identities of Indian Prisoners of War (PoW) who had died in its custody.

The Human Rights Activist has argued that Pakistan should make the disclosures, based on the ashes of the prisoners kept in jail. Burney said that this would make information available to relatives of the PoW, thereby ending their agonizing wait.

”Not only Pakistan but the Indian government should also provide accurate information of Pakistani PoW”, said Burney. He added that mutual exchange of crucial information could facilitate cordial equations between the two nations.

Burney, who was on the forefront of negotiations with Somalian Pirates, to secure the release of crew members aboard MV Suez, suggested that both India and Pakistan should step up maritime rescue efforts. MV Suez was hijacked by the sea bandits on August 2, 2010.

Let the world see how India and Pakistan can jointly fight to save their nationals” said Burney.

Burney, who has also been actively campaigning to save the life of Sarabhjit Singh facing death penalty in Pakistan, has sought commutation of Sarabhjit’s death sentence. “I will not let Sarabjit hang in Pakistan,” said Burney, challenging Singh’s death row. He has also sought leniency for Kirpal Singh, another convict, who has been on death row since 1992 in Pakistan.

Burney also expressed hope for Pakistani doctor Khalil Chisty of returning to Pakistan. Chisty, 80, who was sentenced to imprisonment in a jail in Ajmer for involvement in a clash that lead to the death of one person in 1992, was recently released on bail.

UN to investigate plight of US Native Americans for first time


Chief Sitting Bull

Chief Sitting Bull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The UN human rights inquiry will focus on the living conditions of the 2.7 million Native Americans living in the US

Ewen MacAskill in Washington
Monday April 23 2012
guardian.co.uk

The UN is to conduct an investigation into the plight of US Native Americans, the first such mission in its history.

The human rights inquiry led by James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on indigenous peoples, is scheduled to begin on Monday.

Many of the country’s estimated 2.7 million Native Americans live in federally recognised tribal areas which are plagued with unemployment, alcoholism, high suicide rates, incest and other social problems.

The UN mission is potentially contentious, with some US conservatives likely to object to international interference in domestic matters. Since being appointed as rapporteur in 2008, Anaya has focused on natives of Central and South America.

A UN statement said: “This will be the first mission to the US by an independent expert designated by the UN human rights council to report on the rights of the indigenous peoples.”

Anaya, a University of Arizona professor of human rights, said: “I will examine the situation of the American Indian/Native American, Alaska Native and Hawaiian peoples against the background of the United States’ endorsement of the UN declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples.”

The US signed up in 2010 to the declaration, which establishes minimum basic rights for indigenous people globally.

Anaya said: “My visit aims at assessing how the standards of the declaration are reflected in US law and policy, and identifying needed reforms and good practices.”

Apart from social issues, US Native Americans are involved in near continuous disputes over sovereignty and land rights. Although they were given power over large areas, most of it in the west, their rights are repeatedly challenged by state governments.

Most Americans have little contact with those living in the 500-plus tribal areas, except as tourists on trips to casinos allowed on land outside federal jurisdiction or to view spectacular landscapes.

Anaya is originally from New Mexico and is well versed in Native American issues.

He will visit Washington DC, Arizona, Alaska, Oregon, Oklahoma and South Dakota, and will conclude his trip with a press conference on 4 May. He will present his findings to the next session of the UN human rights council.

Anaya’s past record shows a deep sympathy with Native Americans’ plight. In one development dispute, he told the council that the desecration of sacred sites was an urgent human rights issue.

The Tucson Sentinel reported in 2011 that he had testified to Congress on the need for the US to pass legislation that abides by the declaration.

Also in 2011, he wrote to the Canadian government requesting information about the poor living conditions of aboriginal groups in the country.

Disclose psychiatric info under RTI? Yes, says CIC; No, says HC


Pritha Chatterjee : New Delhi, Tue Apr 24

Do psychiatry patients have the right to access records of their treatment? While the Central Information Commission (CIC) directed a mental health hospital to provide this information to a patient, the hospital has moved court citing confidentiality.

The Delhi High Court has given the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) a stay order against disclosing the information till the next hearing in September.

The case pertains to a 32-year-old married woman. She was admitted to IHABS in April 2011 by the hospital’s mobile health unit from her Gurgaon home, after her husband approached hospital with her “symptoms”.

According to Dr Nimesh Desai, director of IHBAS, “Confidentiality of psychiatric information — which includes all information disclosed by different parties related to the patient for treatment purposes — is a very fundamental concept. It is something every psychiatrist promises his interviewees verbally. Unfortunately, till date, India does not have a legal provision regarding this. The unique nature of this information — which includes historical information of the patient, his or her recollections, fantasies, feelings, fears and preoccupations from the past as well as in the present — distinguishes it from other medical records.”

The patient was discharged after four days and has since been staying with her mother in Bhopal. After her discharge, she filed an RTI seeking “the basis for my admission, doctor’s observation, and clinical examination reports, and doctor’s observation…”

Meanwhile, the patient’s husband, too, filed an RTI application, seeking the reasons of his wife’s discharge, “without my information.”

In both cases, IHBAS authorities stated that “the information sought was provided by the patient and her husband, which is sensitive/confidential in nature.”

“The need for discretion in disclosing psychiatric information is compounded in cases like this, where there is a possible marital discord and each seeks such history to use against the other,” Dr Desai said.

The December 2011 CIC order by Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi stated that while the hospital was exempted from disclosing treatment records to anyone other than the patient, “these precedents are not relevant when the information is being sought by the patient herself”.

Arguing against this, in their writ before the High Court, IHBAS said, “that every party disclosed information in confidentiality to the psychiatrist and the hospital should not give it away to anyone, including the patient.”

The disclosure of information contained in psychiatry case records would discourage the patients and their relatives to furnish personal and sensitive information and they would prefer to withhold such information, which would largely affect the treatment,” the writ stated.

Meanwhile, the patient’s family said they were “exploring legal options, on this violation of the CIC order.”