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AIDWA-NFIW condemn the diktat of the Grand Mufti imposing a ban on the all women band.

4th Feb.2013 AIDWA and NFIW strongly condemn the diktat of the grand Mufti of J&K issued on 3rd Feb 2013 banning the All Girls Rock Band of Kashmir saying singing is un-Islamic. We assert that women’s Constitutional rights cannot be restricted by patriarchal and conservative mind sets operating in the name of religion, especially a religion which places women in high esteem. The Grand Mufti should try to support the all round advancement of Muslim girls. The attitude shown by Shri Bashiruddin Ahmed would further marginalize and disempower a section which is already facing many forms of...

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AIDWA Press Statement on the verdict of the Supreme Court in the Suryanelli case.

1st Feb.2013 PRESS RELEASE AIDWA welcomes the verdict of the Supreme Court in the Suryanelli case. The Kerala State unit of AIDWA has been involved with the case from the very beginning. Unfortunately, the UDF Govt. behaved in a rather partisan manner which was responsible for the fact that of the 40 accused, only one was sentenced. When the case came before the Supreme Court, the State unit of AIDWA got itself impleaded and its lawyers, VK Biju and V Giri, were responsible for bringing the case, that had been languishing for 8 years, to the attention of the CJI, who h...

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AIDWA DEMANDS SPEEDY AND EFFECTIVE INVESTIGATION TO NAB THE CULPRITS IN THE MUMBAI GANGRAPE

                                                                                     23rd Aug.2013     AIDWA expresses deep shock and outrage over the gangrape of a young journalist in Mumbai and demands immediate strict   action against the perpetrators. The guilty must be identified and put under arrest without any delay. We enclosed herewith the Press Statement...

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AIDWA demands speedy investigation into the reported rape charges against godman Asaram.

                                                                                   22nd Aug.2013   AIDWA expresses deep shock and outrage over the rape of a minor reported in the newspapers on 22nd August 2013, allegedly by the self styled godman Asaram Bapu. The organisation demands a swift and fair investigation of this serious crime. According to the news reports, the minor was...

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AIDWA condoles passing away of Centenarian Comrade Samar Mukherjee

Date: 18th July 2013 AIDWA pays homage to Com. Samar Mukherjee AIDWA expresses its heartfelt condolence at the death of Com. Samar Mukherjee, one of the senior most leaders of the left movement in our country. He dedicated himself to the communist movement, and worked to realize its ideals right through a long lifespan of 100 years. He played an active role in the freedom movement. Later, he contributed to the democratic movement as an able Parliamentarian, and was a reputed leader of the Trade Union front, and of the CPI (M). His commitment to taking up gender issues was noteworthy. He was...

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AIDWA on Food Security Ordinance

4th July 2013 Press Statement AIDWA expresses deep disappointment and disagreement with the way UPA Government has handled a legislation as significant as the Food Security bill. It is shocking to see that an important subject such as the right to food should be brought in through an ordinance without a thorough debate in Parliament. AIDWA expresses its strong opposition to the undemocratic manner of taking the ordinance route for such an important bill, in blatant violation of both the spirit and intent of the Constitutional. There is no justification for this and government must answer...

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AIDWA condemns attacks on women leaders in W. Bengal (1) July 1st, 2013

Date: 1st July 2013 PRESS STATEMENT AIDWA strongly condemns attacks on women leaders in W. Bengal, and demands security for all candidates seeking to contest panchayat elections in the state. The latest assault on women leaders in Shasan area of Barasat in W. Bengal reveals the contemptible levels to which the TMC is willing to stoop, in its hankering for power. Barasat is already in the news as an epicentre of atrocities against women. On June 27th, 2013, an all –women march campaigning for CPI(M) Zilla Parishad candidate Nuri Begum was attacked by Trinamul hooligans. Ex-Minister of...

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AIDWA pays homage to Dr. Vina Mazumdar.

30th May 2013 AIDWA deeply mourns the passing away of Dr. Vina Mazumdar, our beloved Vinadi on May 30th, 2013.Vinadi was a symbol of much that was of value and worthy of emulation in the generation to which she belonged. A generation of many ‘firsts’ for women like her – a generation born in colonial India that lived through the halcyon days of the freedom movement and grew to adulthood in free India; a generation that breathed and lived on the words and deeds of Rabindranath Tagore, the revolutionaries of Ben...

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Open Letter to Finance Minister

      OPEN LETTER TO THE FINANCE MINISTER                                                                                                   30th April 2013       To The Hon'ble Finance Minister, Governmemt of India, New Delhi. Dear Shri Chidambaram ji, AIDWA is deeply concerned about the ongoing exploitat...

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AIDWA demands justice for Yuma Sherpa and stringent regulation of the ART industry by the Government.

January 31st 2014     AIDWA is shocked by the tragic death of 26 year old Yuma Sherpa, on Jan 29th 2014, in the aftermath of a surgical procedure that she was subjected to as part of the egg donation programme of a private clinic based in Lajpat nagar, New Delhi. An AIDWA delegation, comprising of Sudha Sundararaman (National Vice president, Maimoona Mollah (Vice president, JMS Delhi), Akhila Singh (CEC member) and Rekha ( JMS Delhi) who met the distressed family members and friends on Jan 30th, were informed that Yuma was persuaded by agents of the New Life Clinic in Lajpat Nag...

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OPEN LETTER ON ROLE OF DELHI LAW MINISTER

To Shri Arvind Kejriwal Chief Minister Delhi. Date: January 21, 2014 OPEN LETTER ON ROLE OF DELHI LAW MINISTER Dear Shri Arvind Kejriwal, It is with extreme dismay that we write to you regarding the horrific act of harassment and racial profiling of Ugandan and Nigerian women by a group led by Delhi Law Minister Shri Somnath Bharti, comprising amongst others members of Aam Admi Party. Such a targeting goes against the sense of security and human rights of all women in general, and of single and working women in particular. Television footage of the incident including Shri Somnath Bh...

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AIDWA Statement in case of harassment of law intern by former Supreme Court Judge -6th December 2013

    AIDWA has always fought for the rights of women sexually harassed at workplace, however highly-placed the perpetrator may be. In the case of a law intern’s alleged harassment by Justice A.K.Ganguly, a retired Supreme Court judge, a three- judge panel of the Supreme Court was constituted to enquire into the matter. On 5.12.2013,this committee made public the operative part of its report in which it has   said that ‘the statement of the law intern, both written and oral, prima facie discloses an act of unwelcome behaviour  (unwelcome verbal/non-verbal c...

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AIDWA Press Statement on brutal murder of Com. Kartik Mandal

7th Oct.2013 AIDWA Press Statement on brutal murder of Com. Kartik Mandal. AIDWA strongly condemns the killing of Comrade Kartik Mandal, who was the editor of a newspaper in Katwa town and member of the zonal committee of the CPI (M) in Bardaman district. It expresses heartfelt condolences to his wife, Minoti Mandal, a dedicated activist of AIDWA, and to all the other family members. On October 6, 2013, Com. Mandal was attacked, and stabbed several times before his ears and nose were chopped off. This gruesome crime yet again highlights the complete breakdown of law and order in the sta...

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AIDWA statement on the Delhi gangrape and murder case verdict

 10th Sept.2013   AIDWA statement on the Delhi gangrape and murder case verdict The long awaited verdict in the gruesome crime perpetrated against a 23 year old physiotherapy student in Delhi has found all the four accused guilty of gangrape and murder.  The sentence is awaited.  AIDWA demands that in case of any appeal by the convicted criminals against the sentence, it should be disposed of in a time bound manner.  Despite it being an open and shut case, with prima facie evidence, it has still taken nine months for the judgment to be delivered.  If the verdic...

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Ensure proper investigation, and arrest of the guilty in reported rape and murder of dalit girl in Jind, Haryana

                                                                                     28th Aug.2013 AIDWA is shocked by the unabated spate of sexual crimes against dalit girls in Haryana, in many of which the police have displayed an inexcusable lack of commitment to tracking down the criminals, and taking stringent action against them. In the case of the 20 year old dalit girl w...

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AIDWA PRESS STATEMENT ON NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY ACT

Date: 28th Aug.2013 Press Statement AIDWA welcomes the fact that the National Food Security Act was passed by the Lok Sabha on Aug.26th 2013, only after an extensive discussion and debate. The enactment of the Bill represents a recognition of the State’s responsibility in fulfilling the minimum nutritional needs of its citizens and towards guaranteeing access to affordable, subsidised foodgrains to the people. It is, however, unfortunate that the Government did not increase the per capita availability of subsidized ration to 7 kilos and did not accept the Left Parties...

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AIDWA Condemns the lathi charge & arrest of Acid attack fighters -18Dec.2014

AIDWA strongly condemns the lathi charge by Delhi police on acid attack survivors in front of Parliament today, followed by their arrest. These young women have been on relay hunger strike for their just demands and were today protesting against the callousness and inaction of the BJP government in this regard. AIDWA is shocked by the utter failure of the Government to implement Supreme Court guidelines which have mandated a ban on the sale of acid. Unfortunately acid is being sold freely in most regions. AIDWA also urges the Government to fulfill the need for free medical treatment to the aci...

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AIDWA's Struggle Pushes Police to Arrest Key Accused in Venkateswara College Student Bhawna Yadav's Honour Killing

5th Dec.2014   In connection with the heinous ‘honour’ killing of 21 year old Bhawna Yadav whose parents have already been arrested for the crime, a delegation led by AIDWA General Secretary Jagmati Sangwan and Delhi State Secretary Sehba Farooqui along with Mr. Abhishek Seth (the husband of the deceased) and Mrs. Bharti Seth (mother-in-law of the deceased) met Special Commissioner of Police Mr. Deepak Mishra on 04.12.2014. They were accompanied by advocates Ujas Kumar, Sugandha Anand and activist Anandita Mishra. Expressing grave concern at the slow and unsatisfactory prog...

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Memorandum to HM on circulation of communally charged internet content

ALL INDIA DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION NO. 2253- E, SHADI KHAMPUR, NEW RANJIT NAGAR, NEW DELHI-110008 PH: 011-25700476, 25709565 Email : aidwacec@gmail.com 5th Nov.2014 To, Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister, Government of India, New Delhi. Memorandum to HM on circulation of communally charged internet content Respected Sir, It has come to the notice of AIDWA that some audio messages are being circulated online with an intention of spreading communal hatred in the National capital, as well as in other State capitals. These communally charged messages...

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AIDWA Press Statement on Juvenile Justice Act

13th August 2014 Press Release AIDWA feels that while there is a need to address serious crimes committed by juveniles the present amendment moved by the Union government will not serve this purpose and is retrogressive in nature. A solution to the problem has to be thought of within the parameters of the Juvenile Justice Act itself and this can be done by strengthening the institutions under the Act and by ensuring that a juvenile who has committed such a crime is not allowed to repeat the offence and/or intimidate the victim again. One immediate amendment that can be moved is to remove th...

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