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Women Stage Dharnas In Gujarat Against Communal Violence

Women Stage Dharnas In Gujarat Against Communal Violence     9 June, 2002 Iva Mehta     DURING the recent communal violence in Gujarat, there was one aspect that received comparatively less attention --- that a large number of women were sexually assaulted or raped, and innocent children were brutally killed. Several women organisations of Gujarat h...

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STATEMENT ON NUCLEAR DEAL AIDWA CALLS ON WOMEN TO RAISE THEIR VOICE AGAINST THE NUCLEAR DEAL.

AIDWA condemns the unseemly haste and secrecy with which the Prime Minister and the Congress leadership has gone ahead with the Indo US nuclear deal, in the face of the principled opposition from the Left parties, and others. The assurance given to Parliament in November 2007 that the assent of the House would be obtained before proceeding to the IAEA has been blatantly flouted. The move to strengthen ties with the US as part of the civilian nuclear co operation agreement cannot address our energy needs as claimed. Rather, it poses a threat to our independent foreign policy, and our...

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PRESS STATEMENT AGAINST THE CASTEIST AND ANTI-WOMEN REMARKS OF TIKAIT

The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) strongly condemns the abusive, casteist, anti-dalit and anti-women tirade of Mahendar Singh Tikait, leader of the Kisan Union at a public meeting in Bijnore when referring to Ms. Mayawati, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.  He even went to the extent of referring to bodily functions in an extremely offensive manner. This is the most reprehensible form of caste mobilization that AIDWA has always fought against.  AIDWA calls upon all women’s organizations and other democratic forces to denounce such debased politi...

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AGAINST THE 2 CHILD NORM IN BIHAR

12 December 2007 The All India Democratic Women’s Association expresses its strong opposition to the proposal of the Bihar State Govt. to bring in legislation which will bar all those having more than 2 children from becoming candidates in the forthcoming local bodies elections. The Government plans to introduce the draconian legislation in the ongoing Assembly session. At the time of the last election, the Bihar Government had taken the welcome step of reserving 50% of all seats for women and the election campaign had seen enthusiastic campaigns by women candidates.  The...

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AIDWA Against Dilution of RTI Act

AGAINST DILUTION OF RTI ACT   11th August 2006   The AIDWA is extremely disappointed to learn that the government has included some amendments to the Right To Information Act of 2005 in the coming week in the Rajya Sabha, which would render it totally ineffective. The amendments seek to exclude file notings, except those that are for social and developmental projects, from documents that must be disclosed to the public. The basic objective of holding the Government accountable to the people, and making it’s functioning transparent will be completely undermined. The AIDWA is...

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AIDWA CONDEMNS ATTACK ON CEC MEMBER CHANDANA GHOSH BY TRINAMUL GOONS

11 May 2009                                                          AIDWA CEC member and CPI(M) MLA Chandana Ghosh was brutally attacked by Trinamul Congress goons on 10th May in the Diamond Harbour constituency. The attackers tried to strip her in the course of which her clothes were torn. Chandana Ghosh receiv...

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MEMORANDUM ON VIOLATION OF RIGHT TO PRIVACY BY MEDIA IN RAIPUR, CHATTISGARH

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MEMORANDUM ON ATTACKS ON YOUNG WOMEN BY SRI RAMA SENE IN MANGALORE

5 February 2009 To: Ms. Girija Vyas, Chairperson, National Commission of Women 4, Deen Dayal Upadyaya Marg, New Delhi – 110 002 Dear Girija ji, We welcome the fact that along with many womens’ organizations like AIDWA and also many other democratic and secular organizations in the country, you voiced your strong disapproval and condemnation of the barbaric hooliganism indulged in by activists of the Sri Ram Sene in Mangalore.  It was also appreciable that you lost no time in sending a member of the Commission to visit Mangalore and verify the facts connected wi...

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AIDWA CONDEMNS KIDNAPPING OF SHRUTI BY SRI RAM SENE HOOLIGANS

AIDWA condemns the outrageous kidnapping of Shruti, by hooligans belonging to the Sri Ram Sene in Mangalore yesterday.  Shruti, the daughter of CPI (M) MLA, CK Kunjhambu from Manjeshwar in Kerala, is a student in St. Aloysius College, Mangalore.  She was travelling to her hostel from her home in Kasargode by bus.  On the bus, she exchanged greetings with a young Muslim boy Shabib, her brother's friend.  This innocent exchange was reported by someone on the bus and, in Mangalore, Shruti and Shabib were forced off the bus into a three-wheeler followed by two motorcycl...

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STATEMENT ON PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS TO PARLIAMENT

4 June 2009 The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) welcomes the commitment made by the Hon’ble President, Ms. Pratibha Patil, in her address to the joint session of Parliament today that the passage of the long pending 33% Women’s Reservation Bill would be a priority task of the new Government. AIDWA is hopeful that there will be no more excuses or further delays in enacting this important legislation. We also look forward to the speedy introduction of the amendment providing for 50% women in the 3-tier panchayats and the local elected bodies. There have...

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STATEMENT ON TERRORIST ATTACK ON MUMBAI

27 November 2008 AIDWA strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attacks in Mumbai. We mourn the death of many innocent citizens, including foreign nationals. Many have been injured, and very senior police officers who braved the attack have been killed by terrorist bullets. This deliberate targeting of India's economic capital, its large five-star hotels, and a crowded place such as the CST railway station points to an attempt to instil deep fear and insecurity amongst common people. It appears that there is concerted effort to destabilize India, cause tensions and polarize the people...

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ON THE MANGALORE INCIDENT

9 February 2009 The AIDWA strongly condemns the series of attacks on young women in Mangalore by activists of the Sri Ram Sene. These self-appointed custodians of “Indian Culture” have beaten and molested women with impunity for having patronized a pub and mixing with youths belonging to minority communities. Shruti, a young college student was forced off the bus with her Muslim friend, Shabbeeb. She was abused and humiliated by her abductors, who forced her to go down on her knees and “promise” never to repeat socializing with a Muslim boy. Shabeeb was release...

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OPEN LETTER TO THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE DELHI HIGH COURT ON REDCUTION OF SENTENCE TO CONVICTED RAPIST

5 March 2009 We, the undersigned express our shock and deep concern over the recent judgment of the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court in which the sentence of a convicted rapist was reduced to five and a half years – which was the term he had already served in prison – because he had appeared for and qualified in the IAS entrance examination.  The Court held that ‘Rai has redeemed himself in jail (as) is evident from the fact that he took his civil service examinations and qualified for being appointed to the Indian Administrative Service. We are of the op...

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AIDWA CONDEMNS ATTACK ON CEC MEMBER CHANDANA GHOSH BY TRINAMUL GOONS

11 May 2009                                                          AIDWA CEC member and CPI(M) MLA Chandana Ghosh was brutally attacked by Trinamul Congress goons on 10th May in the Diamond Harbour constituency. The attackers tried to strip her in the course of which her clothes were torn. Chandana Ghosh receiv...

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ON COMMENTS MADE REGARDING ACCUSED IN SHIVANI BHATNAGAR CASE

25 March, 2008 The AIDWA expresses its strong disagreement with the laudatory comments made by the Judge on the criminal police officer R.K.Sharma guilty of the murder of Shivani Bhatnagar. It urges the Delhi Government to appeal to the High Court to strike down the comments which set a damaging precedent in such cases. It is an indication of the falling standards of the judiciary that a high ranking police officer who misused his office to cold bloodedly plan and execute the murder of a young woman should be described as an “asset to the nation.” On the contrary if an offi...

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AIDWA CONDEMNS DISMISSAL OF JET EMPLOYEES

16 October 2008 The Central Executive Committee of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, presently in session at Kolkata strongly condemns the arbitrary dismissal of 1900 employees of Jet Airways. Once again women are bearing the brunt of the job cuts which are seen by these private airlines as a means of staying profitable in these times of financial crisis. Many of the dismissed probationers are young women from economically insecure families who have borrowed large amounts of money in order to train themselves qualify for these jobs. This was touted as one of the suc...

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AIDWA CONDEMNS POLICE FIRING ON TEACHIERS IN HARYANA

9 September 2008 AIDWA strongly condemns the police firing and violent lathi charge on “guest” teachers in Rohtak, Haryana during a peaceful demonstration and rally demanding regularization and redressal of other long pending grievances. The majority of the teachers were women who had been raising their voice for their legitimate demands since long. AIDWA is deeply shocked by the killing of one young teacher, Raj Rani, in the police firing. The outrageous denials issued to cover up for the police have been thoroughly exposed by the post mortem report which clearly indicate...

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STATEMENT ON RAPE IN ARMY COMMAND HOSPITAL, CHANDIMANDI

26 November 2008 The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) expresses its shock and anger at the incident of rape within the precincts of the Army Command Hospital in Chandimandi.  In the last year, there have been several incidents of sexual assault and terrible violence against women patients, nurses and doctors in different parts of the country but the fact that even hospitals run by the armed forces for their own personnel are not safe for women comes as a rude shock.  The Chandimandi episode is especially condemnable not only because of its place of o...

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STATEMENT ON RISING NUMBER OF ACID ATTACKS

5 November 2008 AIDWA expresses its grave concern over the spate of acid attacks on young women in the capital city. Over the last fortnight, six cases have been reported from North-east Delhi, in all of which women have received very serious burn injuries, but as yet no suspects have been apprehended. Women are frightened to move out of their homes in Gautampuri and Brahmpuri, even in broad daylight; however the police or the administration have taken no steps to ensure the safety of women in these areas or to reassure them. Acid attack is, by its very nature a gendered crime that...

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