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Chhattisgarh IG Kalluri , when asked to protect activist Bela Bhatia replies *F U *

Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression Condemns the recent attack against Bela Bhatia, a researcher and activist, based in Bastar, Chhattisgarh. On the 23rd of January, 2016, a group of 30-odd men attacked Bela near her house. They barged into her house violently, and threatened to burn the building down if she did not leave immediately. Bela persuaded the mob to let her change her clothes and leave the building. In the meantime the mob attacked the landlady of the residence, and started threatening her to make Bela leave the building immediately.
The landlord of the residence and his sons had already been summoned to the station the previous day, and they had been threatened with dire consequences if Bela did not vacate the apartment immediately. Bela tried to again reassure the mob that she would leave as soon as possible. However, the mob continued to be belligerent, in the presence of the police, and even when the Sarpanch arrived.
In the meantime, concerned friends of Bela, who were informed by her of the attack and threat to her life, called Inspector General of Police, SRP Kalluri, to enquire about her well-being. One person spoke to SRP Kalluri and asked him about Bela, and he replied that she had succumbed to her injuries in the hospital.
Further calls and messages from different friends elicited replies such as “if you come in front of me, I will chappal you idiot”, “F U” and “Yes, very soon Maoists and their dogs will be thrown out of Bastar. We will take strong action”. To friends asking him to ensure the safety of Bela Bhatia, he replied “Naxals will be kicked out of Bastar”. He replied “the drama has just begun dear” to another friend who asked him why Bela and her landlords were being harassed”.
IGP Kalluri’s response to the attacks on Bela Bhatia make it amply clear that he is in support of these attacks against Bela. An activist and researcher has been repeatedly attacked, harassed and abused, in full view of the police, and the highest ranking police officer in the district is not only blatantly encouraging these attacks, but is also abusing well-wishers and friends who are calling up to enquire after Bela. SRP Kalluri’s track record of harassing activists in Chhattisgarh is well known. IG Kalluri has recently proudly announced that he has claimed to kill 134 Naxalites in Bastar. However, it is well-established that many of these were innocent adivasis, including a nine-year old who was shot dead and then arraigned as a “dreaded naxalite”.
IG Kalluri has also repeatedly harassed activists such as members of the Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group, and is running a propaganda campaign branding anyone who seeks to defend adivasis in Bastar as “Maoist sympathisers”.
Bela Bhatia was recently instrumental in bringing to light before the NHRC incidents of sexual assault of women in Bijapur. She assisted women in the villages of Chinnagelur, Peddagelur, Gundam, Burgicheru and Pegdapalli to file FIRs against police personnel. The NHRC took suo moto cognizance of newspaper reports and visited the area, which has resulted in an interim order by the Commission, issuing notice to the Chhattisgarh government on the basis of prima facie evidence of sexual assault.
Ms. Bhatia is being targeted because of her exemplary work among adivasis in Bastar. IG Kalluri has recently expressed that he is going to go after “White-Collar Naxalites”, by which he is referred to activists in the area. IG Kalluri’s contempt for rule of law in Bastar is amply clear, and it is evident that he will resort to any violent means to ensure that the voices of Adivasis is not amplified in this struggle. We condemn the actions of the IG Kalluri, and call upon the Chhattisgarh government to take strict action against such acts of violence encouraged by the police in Bastar.

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बेला भाटिया मामला: आईजी से मदद मांगी, ‘जवाब मिला-एफ़ यू’ #Vaw

प्योली स्वातिजा के संदेश का स्क्रीन ग्रैबइमेज कॉपीरइटPYOLI SWATIJA

छत्तीसगढ़ में बस्तर के पुलिस महानिरीक्षक (आईजी) एसआरपी कल्लूरी पर आरोप लगा है कि उन्होंने बस्तर में काम कर रही सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता बेला भाटिया की मदद की अपील के जवाब में कुछ अभद्र संदेश भेजे हैं.

बेला भाटिया के घर पर सोमवार को क़रीब 30 अज्ञात लोगों ने हमला कर उन्हें बस्तर छोड़ देने की धमकी दी थी.

बीबीसी से बातचीत में आईजी कल्लूरी ने ये संदेश भेजने से साफ़ तौर पर इनकार तो नहीं किया पर कहा, “कोई अफ़सर ऐसा करता है क्या, और हमारे फ़ोन में भी कई संदेश हैं, हम भी रिपोर्ट कर रहे हैं, उन्हें भी रिपोर्ट करने दीजिए, हम साइबर एक्सपर्ट से पूरी जांच करवा रहे हैं.”

आई जी एसआरपी कल्लूरीइमेज कॉपीरइटALOK PUTUL

देश के अलग-अलग इलाकों में काम कर रहे वकीलों और समाजसेवियों ने आईजी कल्लूरी को मदद की अपील के संदेश भेजे थे.

बेला भाटिया को पुलिस ने सुरक्षा का दिया आश्वासन

छत्तीसगढ़ छोड़ने को मजबूर महिला वकील और पत्रकार

सुप्रीम कोर्ट में वकील प्योली स्वातिजा के मुताबिक़ उनके संदेश के जवाब में आईजी कल्लूरी ने लिखा, “नक्सलियों को बस्तर से निकाल बाहर किया जाएगा.”

सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता बेला भाटियाइमेज कॉपीरइटCG KHABAR

प्योली का कहना था कि इसके जवाब में जब उन्होंने पूछा, “आपके जवाब का मेरे सवाल से क्या लेना-देना है. कृपया आदिवासियों, एक्टिविस्ट्स, शिक्षाविदों और पत्रकारों का उत्पीड़न बंद कीजिए”, तो जवाब आया “एफ़ यू”.

बीबीसी से बातचीत में प्योली ने कहा, “मैं सुप्रीम कोर्ट में वकील हूं और दिल्ली में अपने सुरक्षित कमरे में बैठकर ये संदेश भेज रही थी, अगर वो मुझसे इतनी अभद्र भाषा का इस्तेमाल कर सकते हैं तो ये बेहद ख़तरनाक है.”

आई जी एसआरपी कल्लूरी की ओर से आए कथित संदेशइमेज कॉपीरइटWOMENAGAINSTSEXUALVIOLENCE

प्योली ने कहा कि वो फ़ोन से लिए स्क्रीन-ग्रैब के बल पर फ़ौजदारी मुक़दमा करेंगी और विभागीय जांच की भी मांग करेंगी.

पिछले साल बस्तर में ‘जगदलपुर लीगल एड ग्रुप’ के नाम से काम कर रहीं महिला वक़ीलों को भी इलाका छोड़ने के लिए धमकाया गया था.

गुनीत कौर के संदेश का स्क्रीन ग्रैबइमेज कॉपीरइटGUNEET KAUR

इस संगठन के साथ काम कर चुकीं गुनीत कौर को भी बेला भाटिया के लिए संदेश भेजने पर आईजी कल्लूरी का अभद्र जवाब आया, “स्टॉप बिचिंग”.

इस संगठन से अब भी छत्तीसगढ़ में काम कर रहीं ईशा खंडेलवाल ने बीबीसी से बातचीत में कहा कि धमकियों के बावजूद उन्होंने बस्तर में अपना काम जारी रखा है.

बेला के संवैधानिक अधिकारों की सुरक्षा की अपील का संदेश उन्होंने भी आईजी कल्लूरी को भेजा था.

ईशा खंडेलवाल के संदेश का स्क्रीन ग्रैबइमेज कॉपीरइटISHA KHANDELWAL

उनके मुताबिक उन्हें जवाब मिला, “जी. बहुत जल्द माओवादी और उनके कुत्तों को बस्तर से बाहर फेंक दिया जाएगा. हम कड़े कदम उठाएंगे.”

ईशा के मुताबिक इन संदेशों से बड़ा सवाल ये उठता है कि, ‘बेशर्मी तो है ही, पर आईजी स्तर के पुलिस अधिकारी का महिलाओं के साथ ऐसी भाषा का इस्तेमाल करने का मतलब है कि उन्हें किसी का डर नहीं है, ये उनकी ताक़त दिखा रहा है.’

(बीबीसी हिन्दी के एंड्रॉएड ऐप के लिए आप यहां क्लिक कर सकते हैं. आप हमें फ़ेसबुक और ट्विटर पर फ़ॉलो भी कर सकते हैं.)

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The Future of the Left Is Female

Women’s rights are human rights, and women leaders are progressive leaders.



Photograph by Oliver Contreras/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A crowd fills the streets near Capitol Hill during the Women’s March on Washington.

A lot of people predicted that women were going to change America’s political history in January of 2017. But pretty much no one anticipated that they’d be doing it as leaders of the resistance. On Saturday, millions of women and men — organized largely by young women of color — staged the largest one-day demonstration in political history, a show of international solidarity that let the world know that women will be heading up the opposition to Donald Trump and the white patriarchal order he represents. Women — and again, especially women of color, always progressivism’s most reliable and least recognized warriors, the women who did the most to stop the rise of Trump — were the ones taking progressive politics into the future.

The Women’s March, dreamed up by a couple of women with no organizing experience in the feverish, grief-addled hours after Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, and then organized by an expanded team in the span of about ten weeks, was an earth-shaking triumph.

According to early reports, it drew somewhere north of 680,000 to Washington, D.C., 750,000 to Los Angeles, 400,000 to New York City, 250,000 to Chicago, 100,000 each to Seattle, Denver, San Francisco, the Twin Cities, and Portland Oregon; and crowds of thousands to smaller cities, including 11,000 to Ann Arbor, 5,000 to Lexington, Kentucky, 8,000 to Honolulu, and 20,000 to Houston. There were 2,000 protesters in Anchorage, Alaska, and 1,000 in Jackson, Mississippi. Demonstrations took place on all seven continents, including Antarctica.

This mass turnout in support of liberty, sorority, and equality was conceived by women, led by women, and staged in the name of women. It also drew millions of men. It was a forceful pushback to the notion that because a woman just lost the American presidency, women should not be leading the politics of the left. Women, everyone saw on Saturday, are already leading the left, reframing what has historically been understood as the women’s movement as the face and body and energy of what is now the Resistance.

Plenty of factors made this effort so successful, but perhaps the biggest was the shock and horror that jolted portions of a long-complacent population awake after the election of Donald Trump. As it turns out, sometimes, It Takes a Villain. We’ve got one now; he lives in the White House, has the nuclear codes, and spent Saturday defending the size of his, er, inauguration crowds. In his first weeks in office, he might very well nominate an anti-choice Supreme Court nominee, begin deportations, repeal health-care reform, start the process of withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, and defund Planned Parenthood. He has already reinstated the Global Gag Rule.

Yes, Trump exposed himself as a villain long before the election, and for many on the day of the march, the question was: Where was this energy before November 8? Clearly, the vast majority of Saturday’s crowd had been Hillary Clinton supporters, at the very least in the general election if not in the primary. But it is also true that some of the apathy, some of the complacency, that many critics took as a reflection of Clinton’s “flawed” candidacy stemmed instead from the sense that Americans didn’t really need to panic or take to the streets on her behalf because she was going to win. She was going to win, the assumption went, because of course we are evolved enough that this guy could never get elected president and thus we were free to focus on the imperfections of the woman who was going to be the president.

Through this lens, those who had been out there before the election, wearing T-shirts, holding signs, and talking passionately about the sexism Clinton was facing or racist backlash toward Obama or the high stakes of this election for women and people of color were silly bed-wetters, Hill-bots, embarrassing in their fixations on “identity politics.” Those yelling about sexism were playing some dated “woman card”; those trying to explain how gender and race and class intersect were jargon-happy hysterics. There was a confidence that the country’s problems with women had been largely redressed, or at least were no longer so entrenched that we would have to put in extra work on behalf of the first one to be running for the White House. But that confidence was baseless, ahistorical. The country has a yuge problem with women, and Donald Trump is the cartoonish embodiment of that problem.

If a time traveler had been able to jump just 24 hours backward, from the night of November 8 to the night of November 7, to warn us what was about to happen, Election Day turnout would have looked a lot more like the march turnout, not just in numbers but in energy and purpose and passion. But since reverse time travel remains largely a right-wing goal, we got Donald Trump. Of course, we also got 4 million or more people to the streets on Saturday and a sense of the potential for the women’s movement to be both much larger and much broader than it’s ever been before.

National co-chairs of the march Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Tamika D. Mallory at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Photo: Noam Galai/WireImage

It matters that the protests were organized and headlined by young women. When I covered the March for Women’s Lives that took place in Washington almost 13 years ago, I wrote about the hundreds of thousands of young women who flocked to Washington but found almost no representation, no voice, no reflection of their own diverse identities and experiences reflected onstage. In 2004, I wrote about Gloria Steinem’s earnest attempt to reach out to the young women gathered, but worried that while Steinem had been there for my mother and to some extent for me, it was unlikely that my future daughter’s generation would know who she was. “It’s been 12 years since the last march,” I wrote back then. “Twelve years from now, Steinem will be 82 years old. Who will take her place onstage?” On Saturday, Steinem, now 82, did take the stage, at the invitation of the young women who had created this extraordinary day. She was there alongside not just the organizing team of Carmen Perez, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland, but the hundreds of other women — black, indigenous, Latina, Asian, Muslim, Jewish, trans, and queer women — who in making this event, have just remade the women’s movement as more inclusive and powerful than it has perhaps ever been.

Though initial worries that the demonstrators were going to be predominantly white had been exacerbated by social-media images of trains and planes full of white women arriving for the protest, the crowd in Washington was decidedly mixed. Signs and buttons and speeches and chants voiced support for Black Lives Matter, outrage at the water crisis in Flint, and opposition to the Dakota Pipeline, long-overdue recognition of the fact that these issues have direct and often disproportionate impact on women, and that the women who have been fighting these fights are the leaders here.

If there was an over-representation of “nice white ladies” marching, it’s important to note that those white women were showing up for a march led by nonwhite women, in support of a radical and intersectional set of policy principles laid out by nonwhite women, carrying signs and marching in solidarity with plenty of women’s issues that do not center on white women. No, we shouldn’t give them too much credit for showing up where they should have been for years. And yes, the next steps must include white women (and men) showing up for women of color in other ways, at other demonstrations and with other actions (including not voting with an eye to their own privilege).

But even if the necessary power realignment within feminism takes time, this historic event will have been a tremendous step toward the reimagining of a women’s movement as a web of varied but interconnected interests and missions. In the past, strategic tensions over intersectional aims have stemmed from an anxiety that diffusing the focus on gender inequity to also tackle racial injustice, environmental injustice, minimum wage, and LGBTQ issues would just serve as an example of women subjugating their uniquely gendered concerns to other kinds of needs, as they have been conditioned to do. The fear — and yes, it is often a fear of white feminists who do not experience as many additional biases or roadblocks to equality aside from their gender — has been that overlapping identities and injustices could somehow work to pull women who might otherwise be united apart from each other.

But there was a new metaphysical approach at work on Saturday, largely thanks to the organizing and leadership of nonwhite women: the revolutionary sense that the new women’s movement will be about pulling in issues of criminal justice, environmental activism, immigration reform, and systemic racism. Women, with women of color at front and center, can be the engines of new progressive activism in all arenas. It’s a rebuke to the theory floated by some on the left that there is a disjunction between “identity politics” and politics, a rebuke to those who suggested in the wake of Trump’s electoral win that the future lies in moving away from divisive “social issues” and identity-framed movements and back to economic policies.

What this event did, on the most massive scale we have seen in this country, is reaffirm what has always been true: The impact of identity bias has always been economic, and economic issues have always most powerfully disadvantaged those who experience identity bias. Or to put it another way: Women’s rights are human rights.

Perhaps most surprising of all, men showed up alongside the women to fight for those rights. Many reports had the New York march at about half men, though some of that could perhaps be explained by the number of New York women who went to Washington alone, leaving kids behind with male partners. But those men — including my husband, including my male friends — brought those kids, girls and boys, to the march for women’s rights in New York. Men were at all the demonstrations in great numbers. They held signs like “I’m with her” with arrows pointing every which way; they chanted “her body, her choice”; one image shows a white guy holding a sign reading, “‘Screw it. I’ll do it.’ — Black Women *Thank You*” — a rare acknowledgment of black women as the most reliable progressives and left activists in this country. On the train returning to New York from D.C., I was wondering aloud to my editor whether people would continue to wear the pussy hats after the march. A bearded, gray-haired man piped up. “I think they’ll turn out to be a symbol of the new movement,” he said. “I’ll wear mine.”

While it’s important not to pat guys on the head too appreciatively for showing up where they, too, should have been for years, it’s impossible to overstate how important it is to have men enthusiastically signing up for a movement led by women. Historically, men have offered support for women’s causes here and there, but largely from the sidelines, as if women’s concerns were a ghettoized subset within the larger progressive project. Saturday was different: They showed up, wore the pink hats, listened (if they could hear) to Angela Davis and Melissa Harris-Perry and to Janelle Monáe, who reminded them that “it was woman who gave you Martin Luther King Jr.; it was woman who gave you Malcolm X.” Men paid tribute to the women leading them, and didn’t try to take over. The day after the march a video circulated showing Ur-progressive white man Bruce Springsteen speaking at a concert in Perth on Saturday, saying that his band’s “hearts and spirits are with the hundreds of thousands of women and men” protesting “in support of tolerance and inclusion, reproductive rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, the environment, wage inequality, gender equality, health care, and immigrant rights.” There it was, a progressive agenda that could not possibly sideline women’s concerns, because it was women who drew it up and laid it out and summoned millions to shout their message.

It’s a new world. Get a load of who’s running it after all.

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Dalit transmedia artist and activist on why she marched against Trump


I marched in the Women’s March, Washington, as a proud Dalit-American. I marched for many reasons but here are some of the most important.

I marched for the 130 million Dalit women who resist caste apartheid every day.

I marched so that the world may know of the powerful force we are, and that the freedom of all women is connected to Dalit liberation.

I marched so that it was clear that for all women to be free, we must end caste apartheid in our lifetime.

I marched because Trump’s relationship with Modi will only make all this violence and social inequity worse…

I marched for all the Dalit, Bahujan and Adivasi women we lost to caste-based sexual violence.

I marched for Delta Meghwal, the brilliant young student and artist, who was raped and murdered in her school by her teacher.

I marched for Jisha, the young law student, who slept with a sickle under her pillow, who was raped and murdered in her home for speaking on behalf of oppressed people for right to their land.

I marched for the Bhagana survivors, whose families have been occupying at a protest site, for a year in the capital, fighting for some scrap of justice, but are denied by the violent Indian caste apartheid state.

I marched for the thousands of other Dalit women who have faced caste-based sexual violence. Some do not make it and others defy it. But our families carry these wounds forward.

I marched for Dalit, Adivasi and Bahujan trans women, Living Smile Vidya, Grace Banu, Angel Gladys and others, who fight so that all trans folks may have a life free from violence, with social and economic dignity. Both Dalit and larger trans movements continue to silence the voices of Dalit, Adivasi and Bahujan trans folks. I marched so that they know that the world will one day come to know the incredible beauty of their tenacity and recognise that today, we tried to celebrate the way they carry their struggles forward with grace and fire.


Radhika Vemula, mother of Rohith Vemula.

I marched because the same week that Trump was inaugurated, Radhika Vemula, mother of the institutionally murdered Dalit student activist, Rohith Vemula, was assaulted and arrested for merely wanting to commemorate the death of her son. I marched so she knows that her battle means everything to us and we will not let them silence the struggle for Rohith and all Dalit, Adivasi and Bahujan students.

I marched for Manjula Pradeep, one of the most accomplished leaders of the Dalit movement in India who has cofounded and built Navsarjan Trust, one of the oldest and most respected Dalit organisations in the country. The Modi government shut them down, claiming they were “propagating caste unrest” by organising and speaking out about caste discrimination and violence.

The battle against Trump must also include the battle against Hindu fascism.

I marched because Trump’s relationship with Modi will only make all this violence and social inequity worse and the Savarna networks in the US will only amplify the violence they are capable of in India.

I marched because progressive American women need to know intersectionality is not just about the issues at home, but about how we build solidarity across nations. And the battle against Trump must also include the battle against Hindu fascism. This includes calling out American progressives who welcome folks like Tulsi Gabbard, who openly supports Islamophobic and anti-Dalit Hindu fascists.

I marched also so that Savarna/dominant caste women could confront the knowledge that there is no caste-less feminism and that intersectionality, for them, must begin with the understanding that they own that burden of calling out and resisting their own Brahminical and Hindu fascist networks, instead of expecting Dalit, Adivasi and Bahujan women to do this work for them.

I marched also with Muslim and other Immigrant women, working with them to disrupt the inauguration. Because so many Muslim and immigrant women have carried the water for so many Dalit movements and in turn we too carry theirs.

I marched for my parents who fled the caste apartheid as immigrants and were able to thrive in a country away from that violence. I march for all immigrants, asserting that we will not hide from Trump, but resist for all of our immigrant sisters.

I marched for Black Lives Matter and Say Her Name because the state violence that operates as violent policing. Dalits stand deeply in solidarity with Black folks, as we suffer from similar state violence in India. We cannot allow it to continue and we see our struggle for freedom deeply intertwined with theirs.

I marched for climate change. For what America does with its fossil fuels affects the world. Asia was the biggest victim of natural disasters last year, and climate change will make South Asia home to the largest numbers of climate refugees and food-insecure people in the world.

I marched because the era of predatory rape culture and exploitation of peoples must end.

I marched also because I too have used Planned Parenthood, and believe all women have the right to healthcare, afforded to them with dignity and privacy.

I marched because the era of predatory rape culture and exploitation of peoples must end. And the Predator-in-Chief, the Republican legislature, and his cabinet of racist, usurping 1 percenters must be stopped.

I marched lastly to acknowledge the leadership of indigenous resistance which has welcomed settler colonial communities and has held the space for another vision for our country and our world.

From Standing Rock to Chhattisgarh, indigenous people’s struggles are all of our struggles.

And finally I marched because we cannot allow predatory rape culture to destroy, pillage and rape the earth so that there is nothing left. I believe women can make and sustain change, with understanding, with intersectionality, with sensitivity, and with love.

And that time is now.

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Shocker – Meghalaya Governor accused of ‘ molesting’ job candidate #Vaw


All newspapers backedo ut to report the sexual harassment by the Meghalaya Governor, only Highland Post did and now reporter is under pressure



Jan 23, A woman was manhandled  following  an interview with the Governor at Raj Bhavan  on the pretetx of rewrading her with a job

The woman was one of the  seven candidadtes  selected for the personal interview  for the post of Public Relation Offcier (PRO) with  Governor V Shanmuganathan.

She wascalled by the Governor on Decemebr 87 asking  her to come and meet her at 7pm for which she attended  in good faith only to be allegedly molested y him.
Unknown to her was that another candidate Emordini Thangkhiew was officially informed over telephone by the Raj Bhavan secretariat of her being appointed at the public relation officer (PRO) on Decemeber 7, 2016

According to the woman the Governor allegedly made personal questions on her having a relationship and compared her to a bollywoodd actress

The governor allegedly made advacnes by hugging and kissing her to even offering her ‘ part time or a full time job’ inside the Raj Bhavan.
It was dirty hug and i felt disgusted . I just feel so violated , she described . even as she said that she ahd gone to the Raj Bhavan expecting it was aprofesisonal setting. ; I went witha clear conscience thinking it is a proper working enviornment’. she added
She sa id the incident took place in afancy room of the Raj Bhavan , and no staff was present at that time
The woman said she was not aware that Thangkhiew was selected for the job , only after seeing her entry made outside the Raj Bhavan security Gate.

Thangkhiew was also personally called by by the Governor asking her to meet him at 6 pm. ‘ Therefore soon after I left the Raj Bhawan I called Thangkhiew and narrated the incident tonwhich she also said itw as weird’, she added.

The woman also called up another candidate and sicne she did nto respond sent he rmessage describing about the entire incident While Thangkhiew described the meeting ‘ weird’ and Governor mad epersonal quesions , she said, ‘ It is so sad to think that I Thought it was because I was good…. I dont know he selected by something else..

Following the incident Thangkhiew had verbally declined the job , yet she joined on December 21, 2016.

On October 26,  the secretary ot the Governor  had written letter (No GEGE08/1326,2016) to the under secretary chief minsiter’s secretariat seeking the list of candidadtes who appeared for the written test and qualified for the post of PRO in the offic eof Chief Minsyter which was held on Decmebr 4, 2016

Going by the list the Raj Bhawan Secretariat called ten candidates for interveiw on Novemebr 7, 2016 and five male candidates on November 8, 2016.Following the interview five female and two male candidates were selected for the second round of interview which was conducted on november 28 , 2016

The panel comprised of Shangpliang, Under Secretary and the Governor A Lakiang and DIPR Deputy Director Caesor Passah . Based on the interview the Governor personally took the Interview on Decemebr 7, 2016

It was very awkward for the Governor to take perosnal interveiw for a PRO’s post for starters’, a male candidate said adding that he was leats bothered on what he had to say about his assignment he had given during the interview. ‘”He kept fiddling with stuffs on his table and looked disinterested in us ” he stated.

He said the seating arrangement raised the male candidate’s ‘ alarm’ when the male can didates were asked to sit in the corner and said he was sure teh candidadte was selected after he offered Thangkhiew to have a cup of coffee when she asked him how his experience as a Governor was.

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Maharashtra – Woman dies after family planning operation, 2 serious #WTFnews

Woman dies after family planning operation, 2 serious
YAWATMAL: A woman died while two others are battling for life after the medical officer (MO) of Belora primary health centre allegedly botched up family planning operations at a camp organized at the village in Pusad tehsil. The MO, Dr Swapnil Satpute, allegedly cut the intestine instead of Fallopian tube while performing the operation.

Medical officer of Pusad Dr Chandrashekhar Bhongade said an inquiry has been ordered and if the concerned doctor is found guilty for dereliction of duty or has committed any lapses while performing the operation, action would be taken against him as per law .

The deceased has been identified as Sharada Kale (26), a resident of Bara village. Vandana Ashok Deokate, a resident of Kumbhari village and Aruna Pradip Chavan, a resident of Kanherwadi village in Pusad tehsil, are admitted to Yavatmal Government Medical College (GMC).

Confirming the incident, Yavatmal GMC dean Dr Ashok Rathod said Kale was brought dead to the hospital on Saturday while condition of one of the two women is critical. The post mortem on Kale was performed on Saturday and the report is awaited.

Dr Satpute operated upon 15 women at the camp organized on Thursday. On Friday, Kale, Deokate and Chawhan were rushed to government hospital in Pusad after their condition started deteriorating. Due to non-availability of proper medical facilities, the doctors there referred them to GMC Yavatmal.

Panic-stricken villagers thronged the PHC but Dr Satpute was found missing. They alleged that the PHC is managed only by a nurse while Dr Satpute mostly remains at Arni. They demanded that the doctor should be booked and arrested immediately. The police station officer of Khandla BS Jadhav and Pusad SDPO rushed to the spot and pacified the villagers.

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Bastar -NHRC records pending testimonies of 14 adivasi women victims of rape and sexual assault #Vaw

NHRC records pending testimonies of 14 adivasi women victims in the Peddagelur-Bellamlendra cases of rape and sexual assault by security forces following NHRC order.
 Accirding to Bela Bhatia of Bastar  Adhikar Shala (BAS), A five-member NHRC team visited Peddagelur and Bellamnendra villages (Basaguda police station, Bijapur district) on 19 and 20 January to record testimonies of women victims of gang rapes, sexual assault, and physical violence by police and security forces, that occurred in two separate incidents in October 2015 and January 2016. This team was constituted following the NHRC order of 6 January 2017. In the order, the NHRC had issued a show cause notice to the Chhattisgarh  government about awarding compensation to 16 victims of rape and sexual assault on the basis of statements recorded by NHRC (in March 2016) and statements recorded by the judicial magistrate during 2016. The testimonies taken during the two days were those that were pending, ie, not covered by either the NHRC or the judicial magistrate so far.
On the 19th, the NHRC team recorded statements of six women victims. Testimonies of relatives of two other victims who were unable to come were accepted. The ninth person on the NHRC list, from Gundam village, could not come as she had gone to collect firewood and had not returned. In this case, the team members talked with other Gundam women who had come about the incident. The nine women are from three villages: Peddagelur, Chinnagelur and Gundam.
Today, 20th, 5 women testified in Bellamnendra. The testimony of the husband was accepted in the case of the sixth woman, who could not come because she was visiting relatives.
Of the five women, there was one who had suffered gang rape, one sexual assault, others who had suffered beatings and looting, and one who was not a victim but deposed on behalf of her aged husband who had been physically assaulted.
In both villages, people had come in large numbers. The NHRC team was accompanied by police, security forces, and others in plain clothes. The forces remained at a distance from the site of the main proceedings. An AAP team (including Soni Sori, Tripat Yalam, Sadanandam Berojee, Vivek Sharma, Sameer Khan, Ramdev Bhagel) and Lingaram Kodopi were also present.
Members of the NHRC included: Pupil Dutta Prasad (SSP), Kulbir Singh(DYSP), Nitin Kumar, Monia Uppal and Suman Kumar (Inspectors).

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From pimples to mental torture; former DH scribe files complaint with NCW #Vaw

Pressure cooker is finally blowing. And it seems it is blowing for a cause now. In what many be seen as first of its kind, a woman scribe who formerly worked with a Bengaluru based national daily, Deccan Herald (DH) has registered a complaint with National Commission for Women (NCW).

Former employee of DH, Chetana Divya Vasudev has raised a complaint of ‘mental torture’ and ‘derogatory conversation’ on her appearance on January 18.  It is very strange to hear such complaint emanating from a news paper which is know for its progressive stands. Moreover this is a first ever complaint getting registered with NCW from the state of Karnataka, according to available information.

Chetana Divya claims that while working as a senior sub-editor in DH’s Metrolife section – all through her journalism journey for three months, she went through many ordeals which led to come out of the organisation. Before that she was working with the feature section of New Indian Express.

Prior filing complaint with NCW she resigned from DH. Chetana shot off a grieving resignation letter on December 11, 2016. In this candid letter, she has mentioned ordeals she encountered in DH which opens up a larger debate on the working condition in media houses.

First leg of trouble kicked her just after she joined the organisation towards the end of the August. The letter claimed, in the beginning she was denied access to internet, which is oxygen for scribes in the digital age. However, this issue was resolved on her insistence to provide access.

Divya was writing feature stories in Metrolife and according to journalists in other media organisations she is a good writer and kept the readers in grip of reading her write-up. Team managers of Metrolife in later days allegedly started to brand her ideas of feature stories as controversial and were allegedly criticising her for sourcing ideas from social network; Facebook.

Divya in letter says she was constantly overworked making calls after office hours as pressure on her to take quotes for stories on time was only mounting. Divya was also chided for unable to bring required quotes in time for her feature stories. In DH’s feature section she alleged rules kept changing on team lead’s moods and she was unable to get the hang of it.

Despite her priority was to generate quality stories, she was forced to change her priority to deliver only stories given as targets due these constraints. Bengaluru’s infamous traffic concern was not at all on the list for delay in delivering stories, she laments in her resignation letter which is secretly circulating in media Whatsapp groups.

What pushed Divya to resign?

What is more worrisome than anything else is treatment of this employee in DH. “One Monday I called a colleague to inform her that I had been throwing up all morning and couldn’t come to work. But two colleagues of mine who knew of this situation minced no words in letting me know that they thought this was a random illness and nothing compared to big health issues rest of us have. Sadly one colleague implied that I had faked it – in a team meeting – by saying, I know who is sick and who is not.”

Later there was a twist in turn when colleagues started to point out about pimples on the face of Divya. A co-worker strangely told her that she can take as many days’ leave to cure it and take it under priority.  Two of her colleagues pressed that others are concerned about Divya’s skin problem and it may affect other employees. The colleagues went on to warn that HR department may pull her up for this problem. They also advised her to consult a doctor immediately, letter stated.

While this derogatory conversation and uncomfortable issue was brought to the notice of the Associate Editor of DH, he simply said he failed to understand what the problem was, letter claimed. Unable to withstand this trauma, Divya resigned and now has filed complained with NCW to fight for larger cause.

Associate Editor, Subrahmanya K reacting to Samachara said he is sad about what has happened. He confirmed that Divya brought this issue to his notice and he instructed this to her senior colleagues to handle it. “I am a man. It’s woman’s issue and how can I deal this? Hence I directed this to her colleagues.”

Subrahmanya further said there is no reason to be offended, when colleagues suggest to consult a doctor. “If someone is suffering from cold and colleagues fear that it may spread to them also, what is wrong in suggesting to visit a doctor?” he asked.

When contacted Personal Secretary of NCW Chairperson, he said “Chairperson Lalita Kumaramangalam is little busy and can be contacted later”. On the other hand Divya taking legal advise likely to to pursue this case hotly and this issue may set an example to question the odds in the media.

However, this is just an individual case and many be termed as individual centric. But there are slew of other issues haunting journalism employees in giant media houses and contract labour is a prime reason behind this. Samachara will try to explore contract labour system currently prevailing in prominent media houses in the coming days.

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Triple talaq certificate issued by chief kazi has no legal sanction- Madras HC

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CHENNAI: Any document issued by the chief kaziapproving or certifying triple talaq is merely an opinion, having no legal validity, said the Madras high court restraining kazis from issuing any such certificates until the matter is deliberated by the Muslim Personal Law Board. The state government appoints the chief kazi as a consultant on some Muslim religious matters.

Advocate and former AIADMK legislator Bader Sayeed had filed a PIL in the Madras high court challenging the issuance of approval certificates by kazis. Arguing the certificates were issued arbitrarily, without a legal framework, Sayeed sought an end to the triple talaq’s approval by them. Later, others including Women Lawyers Association (WLA) of Madras high court impleaded themselves in the petition.

On Wednesday, the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M M Sundresh said according to Section 4 of the Kazi Act, 1880, any person appointed as the kazi or naib kazi did not have any judicial or administrative power. The kazi’s presence in the celebration or performance of marriage rites was also not indispensable.

Counsels for the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and Shariath Defence Forum argued that as the chief kazi had expertise of Shariat law, and that he was issuing certificates pertaining to triple talaq. These certificates, however, were issued “only as opinion.” The counsels said according to Muslim Shariat Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937, all matters pertaining to various subjects including marriage, dissolution of marriage and talaq were under the ambit of Muslim Personal Law.

Following this the counsels for Sayeed, WLA and others said the nature of certificates, which were being issued by the chief kazi was causing “immense confusion in matrimonial proceedings.”

After the certificate was issued, neither the husband nor the wife was aware of its implications. Submitting some triple talaq certificates from 1997 to 2015 before the court, the counsels said the certificates merely said that on a representation of the spouse, on a particular day, the talaq pronounced was valid according to Islamic Shariat. The certificate did not say that the approval of the divorce was his personal opinion, nor did it record the reasons for grant of divorce.

The counsel for the board then sought time from the bench to examine the format of the certificate which could be issued. This certificate would clearly state the grant of divorce was according to the kazi’s personal opinion, which in turn would prevent any legal ambiguity.

“We thus give time to the board to formulate the format of the certificate and place a draft before us so that inputs from other stakeholders are available…” said the bench posting the matter for further hearing on February 21.

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Mumbai – ‘Women in slums largely unaware of post-natal care’

“In the study, out of 250 only 19.20 per cent had received post-natal check-up within 42 days of delivery,” a report said.

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A homeless woman with her month-old baby at Rangpuri Pahadi slums.A homeless woman with her month-old baby at Rangpuri Pahadi slums.The Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) programme was launched almost two decades ago to reduce the maternal mortality ratio, the infant mortality rate and total fertility rate. However, women in slums remain largely unaware of their own reproductive health as well as the related healthcare services. While the awareness level among such women about the ante-natal care was good, not many were aware about post-natal care, found a study on the awareness and utilisation of RCH among mothers in a slum in Mumbai.

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Of the 250 women surveyed from Shivaji Nagar in M-East ward, only 19.2 per cent women were aware of or had availed of post-natal care – healthcare for women and their babies received for six-eight weeks after birth. As part of post-natal care women are offered advice on breastfeeding and are explained the common and serious health problems in women and their babies after birth.

“In the study, out of 250 only 19.20 per cent had received post-natal check-up within 42 days of delivery,” read the report published in International Journal of Scientific Research. The study was conducted by Dr Rajan Kulkarni, head of the department of community medicine, HBT Medical College and Cooper Municipal General Hospital, Dr Smita Chavhan, Associate Professor of Cooper Municipal Hospital, and Dr Shamal Goregaonkar, medical officer of BMC.

The study also found that more women knew about ante-natal care. “The awareness and utilisation of services in terms of antenatal registration was 92 per cent,” read the study that also found that around 88 per cent women knew about immunisation and utilised the services.

Of the women surveyed, 72 per cent delivered their babies in government hospitals. However, around 55.55 per cent of those delivering at home did so because of they didn’t have manpower to move them to the hospital, found the study.

“Maximum home deliveries (66.67 per cent) were conducted by others which included untrained dai, relatives, neighbours etc,” said the study. However, the study concluded that as education increases, the awareness increases which in turn increases utilisation of available services like ANC registration, institutional delivery, use of family planning methods and immunisation

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