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Women and Violence

AIDWA Condemns Massacre in SC Hamlets in Tripura

AIDWA Condemns Massacre in SC Hamlets in Tripura     31 August, 2003       THE All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has strongly condemned the heinous attack on two predominantly scheduled caste hamlets in the Khowai district of Tripura by armed groups belonging to the All Tripura Tiger Force. Thirteen women and...

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AIDWA Condemns HC Judgement in Suryanelli rape case

AIDWA Condemns HC Judgement in Suryanelli rape case     THE All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has denounced the flawed reasoning of the Kerala High Court's division bench in its objectionable judgement regarding a rape case. Through this judgement, the court has freed all but one of the 35 men accused in the Suryanelli gang rape case in which all the 35 accused raped a 16 years old girl for over a period of 42 d...

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AIDWA Demands Inquiry into Ishrat's Killing

AIDWA Demands Inquiry into Ishrat's Killing     27 June, 2004       THE All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has demanded an independent inquiry into the murder of a young woman, Ishrat Jahan Raza by the Gujarat police. In a statement issued on June 18, the organisation felt that "the truth can only emerge from...

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AIDWA Demands Guilty be Punished In Manorama Devi Case in Manipur

AIDWA Demands Guilty be Punished In Manorama Devi Case in Manipur     1 August, 2004       WHEN the union minister of state for home, Prakash Jaispal reached Imphal on July 20, a delegation of mass organisations including the Manipur state committees of AIDWA and DYFI went to meet him with memoranda from their organisations. They we...

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AIDWA Condemns Incident of Moral Policing in Meerut

AIDWA Condemns Incident of Moral Policing in Meerut     1 January, 2006 Author     THE AIDWA, UP unit has condemned the outrageous behaviour of the Meerut police in taking on the role of the gate keepers of public morality, and assaulting couples who had come to spend time together in parks. In a statement the AIDWA stated that t...

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Outcry Against Atrocities On Women In Delhi

Outcry Against Atrocities On Women In Delhi     26 October, 2003       SEVERAL women’s organisations held a protest demonstration at the police headquarters in Delhi on October 17 against the growing atrocities on women in the capital and the complete failure of the law and order machinery in preventing the present large scale sense of insecurity a...

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Memo To NHRC ON MP Case

Memorandum to NHRC on Atrocity Against MP Tribal Woman     22 December, 2005       To, Ms. Girija Vyas, Chairperson, NCW New Delhi   Dear Girija ji,   Sub: Seeking intervention on atrocity against tribal woman of MP.   We would like to bring to your attention the barb...

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Female Foeticide-Haryana's Experience

Female Foeticide - Haryana's Experience     17 July, 2005 Manjeet Rathee     FEMALE infanticide has long existed in our society, especially in northern and western states like Punjab, Rajashtan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. But the point of concern is that in this modern age of 'development,' new technologies like ultrasound dia...

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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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