AIDWA

PRESS RELEASE CONDEMNING THE ASSAULT ON MS.TASLEEMA NASREEN

We the under signed express our shock and anger at the vicious attack on the Bangladeshi writer Tasleema Nasreen in Hyderabad by members of the MIM, ( Majlis - e  - Ittehadul Muslimeen)  in which 3 MIM  MLA s were also present. We also express serious concern at the threatening statements made by the spokesperson of the MIM as reported on the T V channels. We condemn the provocative statement of the MIM MLA who has openly incited people to violence against the writer, and has transgressed his oath of office which requires that he upholds democratic rights and principles....

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JOINT STATEMENT ON ELECTION OF PRATIBHA PATIL AS PRESIDENT OF INDIA

22 July 2007 On behalf of the national women’s organizations, we extend our warm congratulations to Shrimati Pratibha Patil on her election to the prestigious post of the first woman President of India. It is a success in which the role of the progressive and secular parties has been noteworthy. Significantly, the scurrilous campaign launched by the BJP, which was a motivated attempt to besmirch the office of the President, and which also exposed their patriarchal mind set, was thoroughly defeated. We hope that under her tenure as the Constitutional head, the contribution of...

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ON CHARGES AGAINST DERA SACHA SAUDA CHIEF

2 August 2007                        AIDWA welcomes the filing of charge sheet by the CBI for rape and murder charges against the Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The Dera chief had for long been in the midst of these controversies but   was able to stifle them due to political manoeuvrings and power games. In the year 2001 itself, a girl living in Dera with her brother, had written a letter to this effect, levying the same charges of rape, to some news...

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ON DEVELOPMENTS IN NANDIGRAM

26 November 2007 AIDWA has been very concerned by the developments in Nandigram. Hundreds of AIDWA members (including the Sarpanch of Nandigram panchayat, Sameeran Bibi) and their family members and children have been eking out a miserable existence, and have been under constant attack for 11 months in refugee camps. Their return to their homes in mid-November was accompanied by increased tension. AIDWA has been concerned about all cases of violence against women, and has demanded that all complaints of assault and rape be registered and investigated promptly and seriously, and exemp...

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STATEMENT ON GUJARAT ENCOUNTER KILLING

27 April 2007 AIDWA condemns the gross communalization of the police in BJP ruled Gujarat and the total breakdown of democratic accountability which has led to the planned killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh by senior IPS officers of Gujarat in Nov 2005. The chilling murder has been exposed only after the intervention of the Supreme Court, and has brought into question many more encounter deaths that have occurred in Gujarat since 2002. AIDWA is deeply concerned that the wife of the deceased has also been missing since Nov 2005, and the circumstances of the case lead to the suspicion that s...

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AIDWA CONDEMNS LYNCHING OF TRIBAL WOMAN IN ASSAM

27 November 2007 AIDWA condemns the public stripping, beating and near-lynching of a tribal woman in broad daylight in Guwahati during clashes that erupted between members of tea-tribes demanding ST status and members of the public. The only redeeming feature of this example of inhuman brutality was that some ordinary citizens rescued the woman and took her to safety. AIDWA demands that the Govt. of Assam take stringent action against those responsible for the assault. We also demand that the Tea Tribes be granted ST status which they have been most unfortunately denied for so many ye...

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PRESS RELEASE ON MEDICAL EXAMINATION OF GIRL STUDENTS IN DELHI

The AIDWA notes with concern the reports in the press about the nature of the medical examination that students of a school in Delhi were subjected to. The fact that the details of the medical tests by private practitioners in a NOIDA hospital were not communicated to the children's parents beforehand, and neither was the consent of the parents sought, is a matter of grave concern, and deserving of condemnation.  AIDWA welcomes the fact that the National Commission of the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has taken up the matter and initiated an enquiry into the incident, At the...

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Press Release on Delhi High Court Judgement on 8.6.12

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, aidwa@rediffmail.com 8th June 2012 PRESS RELEASE The AIDWA expresses its grave concern at the judgement delivered by the Delhi High court regarding marriageable age for Muslim girls, which in effect condones child marriage amongst them. Despite scientific studies underlying 18 years as the suitable minimum age of marriage for girls, the fact that the High Court has delivered...

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NOTE ON WHY THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD REOPEN VACCINE PRODUCING PSUs

4 May 2008 The recent moratorium on vaccine production by the Health Ministry of 3 public sector companies that were producing and supplying vaccines like DPT, TT, and BCG etc. for the Govt’s universal immunization programme is a highly questionable decision which will have adverse effects on our country’s immunization programme. The move not only potentially affects the employment of the few thousands of employees working in these units in a most unjust fashion. It also throws open our vaccination services to private players who are already poised to enter into the lucrati...

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STATEMENT ON JUDGMENT IN NITISH KATARA CASE

29 May 2008 AIDWA welcomes the judgment in the Nitish Katara which comes 6 long years after the brutal murder of Nitish Katara.  AIDWA salutes the courage of Nitish’s mother, Smt. Neelam Katara, who has displayed exemplary courage and commitment.  She has had to attend more than 400 court hearing during this period in which she also lost her husband. Her pursuit of justice was made all the more difficult by the fact that the father of the two accused, D.P. Yadav, is a prominent politician who is known for his strong arm tactics.  This judgment coming as it does...

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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 opposed to any such amendment in th...

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ON THE PROTECTION FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BILL

23 August 2005 AIDWA welcomes the introduction of the Protection from Domestic Violence Bill 2005 in Parliament as it represents a significant advance in providing women access to legal protection and relief from violence within the home. The Bill fulfils a long-pending demand of AIDWA and the women's movement for a civil remedy to address this inadequately recognized, yet rampant form of violence. AIDWA hopes that its swift enactment and proper implementation will contribute to arresting the rising graph of domestic violence. One of the crucial entitlements assured to the woman...

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ON ATTACK ON BRINDA KARAT

30th August 2006 The AIDWA condemns the planned attack on its Vice President, Ms. Brinda Karat by goons from Bajrang Dal at the public meeting in Raipur on August 28th 2006. It is shocking that while the anti socials were assaulting volunteers, burning flags, and breaking window panes, the police remained mere onlookers to the violence being perpetrated in front of their eyes. It is a matter of concern that the miscreants have not yet been arrested, raising doubts about the role of the police. AIDWA demands that the Chattisgarh State Government should act immediately to safeguard the...

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AIDWA DEMANDS COMPLIANCE WITH SUPREME COURT ORDERS ON PROPER IMPLEMENTATION OF ICDS

15 December 2006 The AIDWA warmly welcomes the orders of the Supreme Court directing the Govt. to ensure comprehensive implementation of the ICDS scheme across the country, including the clear directive that the number of anganwadi centres has to be raised from 6 lakh to 14 lakh by 2008. It is noteworthy that strictures have been passed against 13 states that have lagged behind in achieving minimum targets. For some years past, AIDWA has been demanding that the ICDS scheme should be strengthened and extended as it plays a significant role in addressing malnutrition and health needs of...

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ON KASHMIR SEX-RACKET

10th May 2006 The AIDWA strongly condemns the inhuman sex racket in Srinagar that was recently exposed.  It has become a commonplace now that such rackets are run in connivance with the administration and political rulers and, therefore, the real culprits get off scot-free. The Chief Minister has ordered a CBI enquiry but this should not become an excuse to delay justice.  Those who are known to be involved must be meted out with exemplary and harsh punishment.  The protests by citizens and large numbers of women who came out in the streets demanding punishment of the...

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ON SC ORDERS ON EVICTION FROM PUBLIC LANDS

10 May 2006 The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) is extremely disappointed by the observations made by the two- member Supreme Court Bench while allowing peremptory eviction of encroachers on public land.  The expectation from the Supreme Court is that it will u[hold the human rights of the most disadvantaged Indian citizens. And, therefore, the observations of the Hon. Justices are very disturbing.  There is a grave danger that many State Govts. will react by launching vicious demolition and eviction campaigns. The fact that the Supreme Court has said...

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ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY AGAINST HONOUR KILLINGS

ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY AGAINST HONOUR KILLINGS 10 December 2007 On the occasion of National Human Rights Day, All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) staged a demonstration at Jantar Mantar against the brutal killings of young girls and boys in the name of honour. Strict intervention is required to check such killings. Delhi and Haryana AIDWA state committees have called for strict punitive action against the caste panchayats and other individuals involved in ever growing cases of honour killings in Haryana and around. The law enforcing bodies have to be made accountable while e...

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MEMORANDUM TO NHRC ON KAITHAL (MANOJ AND BABLI) HONOUR KILLING

A delegation from AIDWA, comprising of its General Secretary, Sudha Sundararaman, Legal Convenor, Kirti Singh, and Asst Secretary, Jagmati Sangwan, met the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission and submitted a memorandum demanding justice for the victims of an honour killing in Kaithal district in Haryana. Seema, the sister of the boy who had been killed, also accompanied the delegation. In this context, the delegation demanded that the NHRC should take immediate action in the matter and give directions as per the memorandum below.The Chairperson informed the delegation that he...

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AIDWA on Khap Panchayat verdict

The All-India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has welcomed the Supreme Court judgment underscoring the gravity, barbaric and feudal nature of killings in the name of ‘honour.' “The judgment exposes the failure of the government to take appropriate action and bring the perpetrators of such crimes to justice. It has been a long-standing demand of AIDWA that such killings and crimes in the name of ‘honour' be dealt with by a comprehensive stand-alone legislation,” AIDWA said in a statement issued here on Tuesday. “This legislation should punish bot...

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Whose Honour?

AIDWA Holds National Convention Against 'Honour Killings'     18 January, 2004 Laxmi     IT is notable that, amid all the rhetoric of a feel-good aura espoused by the BJP led National Democratic Alliance government, increasing violence against women does not even figure as a component in assessments of a society's level of development. For exa...

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