9TH AIDWA CONFERENCE RESOLUTION ON THE AYODHYA JUDGMENT
ALL INDIA DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION
Ninth National Conference
9th to 12th November 2010, Kanpur
Ahilya Rangnekar Nagar, Kalindi Deshpande Manch
RESOLUTION ON THE AYODHYA JUDGMENT
This Ninth National Conference of the All India Democratic Women’s Association expresses serious concern about the recent judgment of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court about the disputed claims to the Babri Masjid/Ram Janmabhoomi property at Ayodhya. The three-way partitioning of the disputed property appears to be based more on ‘faith’ and ‘religious belief’ than on accepted principles of jurisprudence. The judgment appears to indirectly justify and rationalise the forcible act of placing the idols under the dome of the 500-year-old Masjid in 1949, and its subsequent destruction on 6 December 1992. We in the women’s movement are extremely wary of the substitution of judicial principles by faith; the latter has often been used to justify violence, inequality and regressive practices such as untouchability, honour crimes, dowry, sati, domestic violence, etc.
The wilful destruction of the Babri Masjid, and the recourse to communal polarisation and violence against Muslims by Hindutva forces for political ends has been one of the gravest threats to Indian Democracy. The secular and democratic Constitution of India, which enshrines equal rights for women, social justice, the fundamental rights of the working people and the protection of minorities has been sought to be undermined and changed. The communal carnage in Gujarat in 2002, the pogrom against Christians in Orissa over the past two years, the attacks on shrines and places of worship of the minorities in Karnataka are examples of how state power is sought to be used to impose majoritarian hegemony. Women have been the worst victims of these communal attacks. We women, therefore, have a fundamental stake in upholding the principles of secularism and the rule of law.
This Conference expresses the hope that the Supreme Court will not allow this judgment to set a dangerous precedent and will remedy its flaws. It calls upon all members of AIDWA to be continuously alert to the threat of communal polarization and work ceaselessly to strengthen the historical bonds between different communities.