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Joint Statement against Howrah Gang Rape #Vaw

We the undersigned express our deep shock and outrage at the incident of gangrape in rural Howrah, West Bengal, on 4th February, where two women supporters of the main opposition party, CPIM, were reportedly gangraped by 8 cadres of the ruling Trinamool Congress. While seven of the accused have been arrested, the eighth person named in the FIR, Barun Makal, who is an election agent of a TMC MLA, is still absconding.

This incident comes as the latest in a series of horrific rapes in West Bengal, where the Government has displayed its utter insensitivity and lack of political will to the plight of women, and has protected the accused.

There have also been a series of instances of violent assaults by ruling party cadres on supporters and activists of Left parties.

The latest horror from Howrah is clearly an instance of rape being used as a tool of political vendetta. We condemn this incident and demand that the accused be arrested and punished.

We support the ongoing struggles in West Bengal for accountability of the State in all instances of violence towards women. Impunity to perpetrators of rape breeds even more violence against women, and it is urgent for the State to accept its responsibility to end this impunity and act swiftly to ensure justice in all cases of rape.

 

1.      Kavita Krishnan, AIPWA

2.      Subhashini Ali, AIDWA

3.      Kavita Srivastava (People’s Union for Civil Liberties Rajasthan),

4.      Ranjana Padhi, Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)

5.      Ulka Mahajan, NAPM

6.      Paramjeet, PUDR

7.      Shabnam Hashmi, ANHAD

8.      Akbar Chawdhary, JNUSU President

9.      Jean Dreze

10.  Sumit Sarkar

11.  Tanika Sarkar

12.  Amit Bhaduri

13.  Seema Mustafa, columnist

14.  Anand Patwardhan, filmmaker

15.  Antara Dev Sen (Editor, The Little Magazine)

16.  Kamal Mitra Chenoy

17.  Prof. Anuradha Chenoy

18.  Sukla Sen

19.  Jawed Naqvi, columnist

20.  Jyoti Punwani, journalist, Mumbai

21.  Uma Chakravarti

22.  Mallika Sarabhai

23.  Badri Raina, author of The Underside of Things: India and the World

24.  Mary E. John, CWDS

25.  Sucheta De, President, AISA

26.  Saswati Ghosh, academic and activist

27.  Pamela Philipose, columnist

28.  Madhu Bhaduri

29.  Madhuri, Jagrit Adivasi Dalit Sangathan

30.  Tripurari Sharma, Eminent Theatre director

31.  Madhuresh, NAPM

32.  Tanushree, indpendent journalist

33.  Manisha Sethy, JTSA

34.  Anand Swaroop Verma, editor Teesri Duniya

35.  V. Suresh, PUCL.

36.  Aruna Roy, MKSS Rajasthan

37.  Mamta Jaitly (Vividha : Mahila Alekhan evam Sandharb Kendra ),

38.  Nisha Sidhu (NFIW),

39.  Renuka Pamecha (WRG),

40.  Dr. Pawan Surana (Former President Rajasthan State Women Welfare Commission),

41.  Komal Srivastava (BGVS),

42.  Sumitra Chopra (AIDWA),

43.  Kusum Saiwal ( AIDWA)

44.  Dr. Malti Gupta & Bina Sharma (Rajasthan University Women’s Association),

45.  Rakhi (CFAR),

46.  Mewa Bharti (Domestic Workers Union),

47.  Nishat Hussain (National Muslim Women’s Welfare Society),

48.  Dr. Meeta Singh,

49.  Dr. Narendra Gupta (Prayas),

50.  Suman (Dalit Mahila Manch),

51.  Asha Kalra (Children and Women’s Welfare Society),

52.  Kailash Chand Kumbhkar (Academiy for Socio Legal Studies).

53.  Ashok Khandelwal, Rozi Roti Sandharbh Kendra, Jaipur

54.  Prem Krishna, PUCL, Rajasthan

55.  Suresh Bhat

56.  Satya Sivaraman, journalist

57.  Garga Chatterjee, academic and columnist.

58.  Binu Mathew, Countercurrents.org

59.  Ratna Raman, DU

60.  Kalpana Mehta, Saheli

61.  Sarmistha Dutta Gupta, Kolkata.

62.  Celin Thomas

63.  Ramlath Kavil,  FeministsIndia

64.  Supriya Madangarli, FeministsIndia

65.  Amrita Shodhan, FeministsIndia

66.  Geetanjali Gangoli, FeministsIndia

67.  P.R Prasanna,  media person, Kerala

68.  Viji P, Penkoottu, Kerala

69.  Ambika P,  Kerala

70.  Mohammad Imran

71.  Gabriele Dietrich

72.  Virginia Saldanha

73.  Kamayani Bali Mahabal, lawyer and activist

74.  Sr. Helen Saldanha, CBCI Office for Women

75.  Runu Chakraborty, WSS Delhi

76.  Pranika Koyu

77.  Monisha Behal, North East Network

78.  Kirity Roy, Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha, (MASUM)

79.  A. Mani, Calcutta University

80.  Ayesha Kidwai, JNU

81.  Kavitha Muralidharan, Chennai

82.  Sagari Ramdas

83.  Rajashri Dasgupta, Kolkata

84.  Rohini Hensman, independent researcher and writer, Bombay

85.  Suroor, lawyer and activist

86.  Sarwat Ali

87.  Veena Poonacha

88.  Dr. Hiren Gohain

89.  Juhi Jain, feminist activist, Delhi

90.  Kareem Sait

91.  Kiran Shaheen

92.  Dr. Kochurani Abraham, ICSSR Senior Fellow, Kerala

93.  Anuradha Pati

94.  Uma V Chandru, WSS, Karnataka

95.  Shraddha Chickerur, researcher, New Delhi

96. Jayati Ghosh, JNU

 

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