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AIDWA Condemns Distorted Interpretation of Census Data by RSS

4 December, 2005       The All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) president Subhashini Ali and general secretary Sudha Sundararaman have issued the following statement on November 18, 2005.   IT has been highlighted in media today (November 18, 2005) that the RSS leader Sudarshan, at a book release ceremony in Delhi, referred to the 2001 Census data as showing a decline in...

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Notes for communalism

Notes for campaign against communalism among AIDWA members The developments in Gujarat and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad led campaign for the Ayodhya Temple have been a matter of great concern to people all over the country. Some organizations affiliated to the RSS parivar including the BJP, have started a vicious campaign to justify what is happening in Gujarat. Such a campaign may cause confusion among our own ranks. It is therefore essential to explain the main points of the situation to our membership. We are proud that we hav...

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MEMORANDUM ON MODEL NIKAHNAMA

30 January, 2005.       WE write this memorandum to you on behalf of the All India Democratic Women's Association representing 7.5 million women of all communities and regions. In particular AIDWA has a substantial membership among Muslim women and is deeply involved in many of the issues or specific concern to Muslim women in the economic, social and political spheres. We believe that there is discrimination ag...

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AIDWA Releases Publication on Expanding Dimensions Of Dowry

17 August, 2003       AT a function in the national capital, New Delhi, on August 1, Justice Sujatha Manohar, a member of the National Human Rights Commission, released a publication brought out by the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) titled Expanding Dimensions of Dowry. The publication brings together surveys on the practice of dowry from 18 states conducted by local AIDWA activists. About 10, 000...

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AIDWA Delegation second visit to Gujarat

Post state-sponsored communal carnage! 26 May, 2002 Kalindi Deshpande IMMEDIATELY after the state-sponsored communal carnage began in Gujarat in March, a delegation of the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) visited the state and issued a detailed report. Much time has passed since then but the situation is still not under control. Violence has spread to far-away interior villages. Though many independent teams...

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AIDWA STRONGLY CONDEMNS ATTACKS ON POOR CHRISTIAN TRIBALS IN ORISSA

26 August 2008 The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) strongly condemns the attacks on poor Christian tribals in Orissa villages in Kandhamal District. A young nun was burnt to death and many others, including women and children, have suffered grievous injuries. There is a report of one more death. It is truly shocking that the Sangh Parivar members involved in these attacks set fire to an orphanage along with churches, shops and huts.  While the killing of VHP leader Lakshmananda Saraswati along with his colleagues was a heinous act, the attacks by his support...

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MEMORANDUM TO ORISSA CHIEF MINISTER REGARDING VIOLENCE IN KANDHAMAL

3 November 2008 To: Shri Naveen Patnaik Chief Minister, Orissa Bhubaneshwar   Dear Shri Patnaik, The undersigned visited Kandhamal district of Orissa on 1st and 2nd November on behalf of our organization so that we could see for ourselves the situation of families of the minority community who had been attacked, rendered homeless and suffered in many ways from the third week of August onwards. We visited some of the camps where those who had to leave their villages are staying and we also went to a village where some of those attacked have been able to return. We had detai...

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Women Stage Dharnas In Gujarat Against Communal Violence

9 June, 2002       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 have condemned these attacks and submitted their memoranda to the state’s governor through the collectors of different districts...

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ON VISIT OF AIDWA DELEGATION TO KANDHAMAL, ORISSA

3 November 2008 A delegation of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), comprising of the undersigned visited Kandhamal district on 1st and 2nd November. We were able to visit some of the camps where those who were driven out of their homes have been staying for more than two months now and also a village where some of those attacked have returned. We also had discussion ns with the Collector and Sub-Collector of the District. The entire district presents an extremely painful picture with house after belonging to members of the Christian community have been burnt...

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ON VIOLENCE AGAINST MINORITIES IN BARODA

5 May 2006 The All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) expresses its deep concern at the recent incidents of anti-minority violence in Baroda. it strongly condemns the way in which an anti-encroachment drive was transformed by the administration and the police into a vicious attack on minority sentiments and then on their lives and livelihood. A 300-year old dargah cannot be characterized as an 'encroachment' on the same level as various other structures, religious and otherwise, that have come up in the recent years. The fact that the demolition squad was accompanied by a large mob...

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AIDWA DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ARREST OF ACCUSED IN GANG RAPE OF NUN IN ORISSA

30 September 2008   The AIDWA strongly condemns the failure of the Orissa police to arrest the Sangh Parivar cadres accused of brutally gang raping a young nun on August 25 at K. Nuagaon, in Kandhamal district of Orissa. Shockingly, the assault was carried out in full public view, right in front of a police outpost with 12 policemen from the Orissa State Armed Police present and watching the atrocity. The attackers also grievously injured a priest and doused him with kerosene when he courageously tried to resist them. It is outrageous that despite the fact that both victims filed FIRs o...

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