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Delhi AIDWA Lauds Bold Stand Taken By Three Girls Against Dowry

Delhi AIDWA Lauds Bold Stand Taken By Three Girls Against Dowry     8 June, 2003 Sonia Verma     AT a convention organised by the Janawadi Mahila Samiti (JMS) on May 30, as a part of long-term campaign against dowry, Captain Lakshmi Sehgal, a veteran of many struggles, felicitated Nisha Sharma, Anupama Singh and Farzana --- the young wom...

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Anti-Dowry Convention in Maharashtra

Anti-Dowry Convention in Maharashtra     12 October 2003 Kiran Moghe & Mariam Dhawale     "RETROGRADE traditions and a patriarchal society are responsible for the low status given to women. Superimposed on this is a commercialised, consumerist and communalised capitalist society. Both these together have led to the pernicious do...

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Anti-Dowry Convention At Gorakhpur

Anti-Dowry Convention At Gorakhpur     2 November, 2003 Subhashini Ali     AS part of the ongoing national campaign of the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) against dowry and its expanding dimensions, the Gorakhpur district unit of the AIDWA organised an anti-dowry convention in the city on October 11. Gorakhpur is currently th...

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AIDWA Demands Public Apology From Vajpayee for trivialization

AIDWA Demands Public Apology From Vajpayee for trivializing rape     9 November, 2003       ON October 22, the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) condemned the trivialisation and sensationalisation of the issue of rape at the BJP's election rally at Bhopal, addressed by the prime minister. It was perhaps for the first...

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AIDWA Demands Kunhalikutty's Resignation in ice-cream the sex scandal case

AIDWA Demands Kunhalikutty's Resignation in ice-cream the sex scandal case.     7 November, 2004 Author     THE All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) demanded the resignation of P K Kunhalikutty, industry minister in the Kerala government and state secretary of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) after one of the victims in...

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AGAINST RISING CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN

17 Jan 2008   The All India Democratic Women’s Association expresses its deep concern at the fact that the recently released National Crime Records Bureau data shows that incidents of violence against women, inside the home and in the public sphere are increasing. Registered cases of rape, a grossly underestimate crime, have increased by 5.5% between 2005 and 2006 with the capital, Delhi, reporting 4134 cases of rape in 2006 alone.  This trend shows no sign of abating as 2008 has already witnessed outrageous assaults on young girls in cities like Mumbai and Chennai a...

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LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER BY BRINDA KARAT ON OBJECTIONABLE LANGUAGE USED IN THE CBI CHARGE SHEET IN THE SISTER ABHAYA MURDER CASE

Dear Dr. Manmohan Singhji, I write to draw your attention to a report in The Indian Express today which gives details of the charge sheet filed by the CBI last week in a Kochi court, in the murder case of a nun, Sister Abhaya. I was shocked and outraged reading the report and I am sure that anyone who read it would have the same reaction. The language used in the charge sheet against an accused, Sister Sephy is obscene, vulgar, and unscientific. It is an affront to the dignity of women; it is insulting to the woman concerned and also reflects a perverted mentality. The language used in t...

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AIDWA CONDEMNS THE GRUESOME KILLINGS IN NITHARI

A First hand Report by Sudha Sundararaman and Indu Agnihotri A seven- member AIDWA team, led by its General Secretary Sudha Sundararaman, visited Nithari village in Noida, UP, on January 4th 2007. Members spoke at length to the vast crowds that had congregated at the Noida Sector 31 crossroads, where shocked residents were still trying to cope with the fresh details pouring out on a daily basis after the ghastly discovery of skeletons in the drain nearby on Dec. 29th, 2006. The delegation met some of the families whose members had become victims of the unbelievably horrifying serial...

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OPEN LETTER TO SUSHRI MAYAWATIJI, CHIEF MINISTER, UTTAR PRADESH

27 May 2008 To: Sushri Mayawatiji Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh Lucknow Respected Maywatiji, The brutal murders of Arushi and Hemraj in Noida have stunned the nation.  The fact that an innocent young girl has been murdered in her own home has increased the sense of insecurity that is already widespread among young girls and women.  To restore their confidence, it is essential that the UP police behave with sensitivity and efficiency. It is, however, extremely unfortunate that the performance of the UP police has been of the worst and lowest kind.  It is tru...

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ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF SPORTSWOMEN

2nd August 2010 A four-member delegation led by AIDWA General Secretary Sudha Sundararaman met the Sports Minister Shri M S Gill on 2nd Aug. 2010 to submit a memorandum requesting intervention on the recent incidents of sexual harassment brought to light by some sportswomen. The delegation included T N Seema (Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha), Jagmati Sangwan (Winner of National Bheema Award for Sports) and Ashalata (Assistant Secretary, AIDWA). The Minister held an active discussion with the delegation, highlighting the complexities involved in taking legal action in such cases, a...

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ON NITHARI KILLINGS

5 Jan 2006 AIDWA condemns the gory killings in Nithari and demands exemplary action against the criminals, and all those involved. A seven member AIDWA team led by its General Secretary Sudha Sundararaman, visited Nithari village on January 4th 2007 and met some of the families whose members had become victims of the ghastly serial killings that have appalled the nation. The delegation also comprised of Vice President Pramila Pandhe, CEC members Sonia Verma, Indu Agnihotri, AIDWA office bearers from Delhi- Asha Sharma, Asha Yadav, and Kavita, local unit secretary Lata, and was ac...

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A NOTE ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

28 January 2009 In 2004, when the UPA government came to power at the Centre, it promised in it’s Common Minimum Programme, “to fully empower women politically, educationally, economically and legally.” However, a look at crime statistics under the UPA government shows that the UPA has failed to stem the trend of growing violence against women in our country. Each passing year has only made matters worse for women’s security (see tables). Crimes against women, rape and dowry deaths have continued to see a steady increase under the UPA government. The growth in...

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Police Commission Memorandum

Memorandum     8 June, 2004       To The Commissioner of Police Police Headquarters New Delhi   Dear Shri K.K.Paul,   This is with reference to your interview published in the Times of India today in whic...

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Resolution on Model Nikahnama

RESOLUTION ON AIMPLB MODEL NIKAHNAMA PASSED BY JOINT CONVENTION OF WOMEN'S ORGANISATIONS     31 May, 2005       This convention, organized by the AIWC, AIDWA, CWDS, JWP, Muslim Women's Forum, NFIW and YWCA to discuss the "Model" nikahnama of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, while welcoming the fact that for the...

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Convention on Issues of Muslim Women in Delhi

Convention on Issues of Muslim Women in Delhi     27 November, 2005       At a convention held here on November 22 focusing on "Issues Before Muslim Women", several speakers drew attention to the discriminatory attitude of civic and political authorities in Delhi. Systematic neglect practiced in disbursement of funds and al...

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AIDWA Response to Muslim Personal Law Board Model Nikahnama

AIDWA Response to Muslim Personal Law Board Model Nikahnama     5 May, 2005       The Secretariat of the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA), after a careful study of the Model Nikahnama finalized by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, has noted that the Board has made recommendations, which have started t...

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AIDWA appeals to Muslim men and women

AIDWA appeals to Muslim men and women to ignore anti-woman and anti-democratic fatwas such as the Darul Uloom fatwa.     19 August, 2005       The Darul Uloom 'fatwa' (which has since been withdrawn by the institution) seeking to restrict the rights of Muslim women contesting elections and announcing that if women are...

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Submission to Justice Verma Committee from National Women's Organisations 5th Jan.2013

Submission to the Justice Verma Committee Dear Justice Verma and other members of the Committee, We, the undersigned, are women’s organizations and others who have been engaged in the struggle for amendments to the substantive and procedural laws related to sexual assaults for the last 20 years and more. We have also had several meetings in this period with the administration and the Police including the Commissioner of Police, Delhi to urge them to take adequate steps to ensure the safety and security of women in our country. While we understand that the terms of reference of the...

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ON ATROCITY ON 6 YEAR OLD DALIT GIRL IN MATHURA

2 May 2008 A 5-member AIDWA delegation led by UP State AIDWA Vice-President Saroj Kushwaha met Kamlesh the 6 year old dalit girl from Mathura who had been thrown onto a smouldering bonfire by an upper-caste boy who objected to her using a public road near his house.  The delegation met her at the Agra Government Hospital where she is being treated for severe burns.  The AIDWA UP State Committee and the AIDWA centre have resolved to fight for justice along with Kamlesh’s family and to give all the support required.  AIDWA condemns this and other atrocities being...

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ON THE KHAIRLANJEE INCIDENT

ON THE KHAIRLANJEE INCIDENT 14 November 2006 The AIDWA is shocked by the heinous crime against dalits in Khairlanji village, and has demanded a CBI enquiry into the whole incident so that the guilty are identified and punished. We enclose herewith the details of the gory incident, on the basis of a visit by AIDWA Vice Presidents Brinda Karat, and Kalindi Deshpande to the site. The Central Government has to take note of this matter and AIDWA will take it up with them as also with the NCW, and the Human Rights Commission, demanding that justice be done. AIDWA will launch a nation wide...

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