Delhi- Police harassment of peaceful women protesters at Jantar Mantar on Dec 25th


Dear all,
I am forwarding a mail I wrote to the CM Sheila Dikshit about the police harassment of 12 women participating in a peaceful gathering at Jantar Mantar on 25th Dec afternoon. The 12 of us (most people were meeting for the first time) were peacefully standing around discussing how to keep the momentum of pressure on the government going when 2 girls came running towards us with tears in their eyes saying that 3 of their female friends had been dragged away by cops to Parliament Street PS. We all went there to bring those women out but we were also violently pushed around and detained as well. Now the cops are denying we were detained at all… and threatening my daughter and me asking us to apologise for having shared our plight with the media outside, with tweets and smses and calls to media people and friends.
Dear ma’am,
My daughter Shambhavi and I and a colleague of mine Reema Ganguly went to Jantar Mantar today 25th Dec to take part in a peaceful gathering there against the gang-rape.
At around 4pm two girls came running upto us in tears and said that the police had dragged away 2 of their female friends to Parliament Street Police Station and theya sked us to help bring them back. The three of us joined 9 other women and we went to the police station. When we reached there we only saw male constables. We demanded to talk to a female senior officer and said that the 3 women must be released immediately. The policemen very rudely and aggressively tried to chase us out. We refused to leave without those 3 women and so one male cop ordered some female cops standing in the courtyard to come in and arrest all of us.
All of us linked our arms and were being dragged away when I saw a female constable dragging a girl by her hair. My daughter Shambhavi ran to help her and before my eyes I saw a male cop and a female cop pulling my daughter’s hair and hitting her head against a wall I managed to extricate myself and ran towards the 2 young girls to protect them and we managed to get them away…we were then pushed into a small room where we found 4 other women detained earlier – they also recounted how they were slapped and their clothes torn while they were dragged here.
We were kept in that room for 3 hours with no reason being given and finally some woman from an NGO Deepjyoti she said came and said she will get us out if we apologise. We refused and when asked for our names and addresses and phone numbers we all collectively decided only to give other names because we were terrified of what the police would do with our contact information … the three of us – my daughter, my colleague and I gave our names as Divya, Geeta and Aastha.
While we were just about to leave, some cops came rushing out and demanded to know who ‘Shambhavi’ was, because some Shambhavi was informing the media that we were beaten up and detained (my daughter had been tweeting all that was happening) Terrified of what they would do to her, we pulled together and rushed out of there.
We reached home, terrified and hurting all over and now suddenly at 10.24pm, I receive a call from 01123361100 where a man said he was from the same NGO and if Shambhavi did not come and apologise to the SHO at Parliament Street, they would file an FIR against us and come and arrest us in the night itself.
Ma’am, please help.
A terrified mother,
Usha Saxena
09818649083

 

 

Odisha to have Police Complaints Authorities #goodnews #mustshare


 

THURSDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2012 
PNS | CUTTACK

Beware, men in khaki! Police Complaints Authorities (PCAs) in Odisha are now going to be a reality to police the erring policemen who were hitherto getting away after committing acts of omission and commission.

Disposing of a PIL (public interest litigation) pertaining to formation of PCAs, the Odisha High Court on Wednesday directed the petitioner to approach the State Home Secretary with a representation in this regard.

The Home Secretary, in his turn, would act upon the representation within 60 days, a Division Bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice BK Mishra said in its order.

Secretary of Nationalists Lawyers’ Forum Nishikanta Mishra had filed the PIL last month stating that the cases of police misconduct have been mounting in Odisha and there is no independent accountable mechanism to address such blatant wrongdoings of police personnel.

Mishra had maintained that the Supreme Court, way back in 2006, had given the guidelines to all the States to form PCAs at the district and State levels. But unfortunately, the Odisha Government has not bothered to set up such authorities even after six years, Mishra had alleged, wishing the HC’s immediate intervention in the issue.

“As per today’s High Court direction, we are going to submit a representation to the Home Secretary soon, and we hope good sense will prevail upon the State Government in setting up PCAs so that the police highhandedness during arrests and interrogations and custodial violence are checked,” Mishra said after the HC pronounced its order.

The PCAs would inquire into the allegations of serious misconduct of police personnel which includes any act of a police officer that leads to death in police custody, grievous hurt, rape or attempt to commit rape, arrest or detention without due process of law, extortion, land or house grabbing or any incident involving serious abuse of authority by police personnel.

As per the apex court’s guidelines, there should be PCA at the district level to look into complaints against police officers up to the rank of DSP. Similarly, the guidelines said there should be another PCA at the State level to look into complaints against officers of the rank of SP and above.

 

9000 anti nuke protesters assemble at IDINTHAKARAI


Date: Friday, 4 May, 2012, 3:01 PM

Idinthakarai
04.05.2012
We are on the 4th day of the indefinite hunger strike since 1, May, 2012. Nearly 300 women have already joined the fast today with those 25 activists who had already began the fast on the international workers’ day. Women activists are still joining. They are being prevented and intimidated by the police. Their coming is delayed due to police harassment.
Police have blocked the entrance of the villages and threaten the hired vehicle drivers not to transport people to Idindakarai. If they dared, police threaten them to cancel their vehicle licenses. So, the drivers are not willing to come to idinthakarai. Some vehicle drivers who dare to pick up people and are being stopped on their way and asked to go back. The police have deployed vajra and varun vehicles at the entrances of the villages.
Even If police permits, they permit only few members in the vehicles. They intimidate them by taking video graph and photograph of the people and the vehicle. As the usual and regular routes are blocked, people take to diverted roads and routes and reach the protest venue round about ways.
As the weather is rough at sea, people have not taken to sea route. They have just avoided the boats to reach here as they previously did it during the last month siege.
The women, from different villages, who have already enrolled their names eagerly to participate in the indefinite fast, have not yet made it as they are still on their way and yet to land up here.
The health condition of the 25 Activists, who were on fast since May 1, started deteriorating. Their pulse rates are going down. Activist Vinoth of idinthakarai was taken to the hospital and admitted for medication.
The Thashildar who telephoned this the morning, promised to send Government medical team today by noon and we are waiting for their health checkups.
The Anti nuke protesters are assembling in large numbers in the protest venue inspite of police intimidation and terror tactics. The tent has already housed 9000 people so far and many people stand outside the protest venue as there is no space inside the pandal.
Seeman of Naam Tamilar Party inaugurated the women led indefinite protest at 11 am today by lighting the Kuthuvilakku along with the elders of the communities present.
Mr.Udayakaumar, the PMANE Coordinator welcomed the activists, the dignitaries on the dais and elucidated the charter of 11 demands for the indefinite hunger strike.
Mr.ArimaValavan, the founder of the Tamizhar Kalam, Activist Isabellah of Uvari , Fr,claret, Mr.Berlin , Fr. James Victor also spoke and addressed the gathering.
Regards,
Pushparayan.
Peoples Movement Against Nuclear Energy

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