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More than 100 people Condemn the Brutal Police Violence on the Activists of VIBGYOR

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On February 22, 2014, five activists of VIBGYOR International Film Festival were picked up by the police in Trichur and they were brutally beaten up inside the vehicle as well as inside the police station. Young woman cinematographer Neethu was attacked physically by male police and was subjected to sexual verbal abuse as well as physical violence. Five young activists were physically attacked and are detained by police at the Thrissur East Janamaitri Police station. Advocate R. K. Asha who came with her son and daughter to release the activists were also brutally beaten up and the male police kicked her with boots and she was dragged in front of her children. Her son and minor daughter were also subjected to physical violence. Advocate R.K. Asha, her minor daughter, Neethu, and Sruti were hospitalized in Thrissur later.

The boys were detained in police custody, denied bail and were remanded for 14 days. They got interim bail next day evening and were released. We came to know that the boys were tortured inside the jail too.  We unanimously condemn the brutal violence on women inside the police station and that also a practicing woman advocate and a young woman cinematographer as well as a minor girl. We also demand that the cases on five boys and Neethu, cinematographer be withdrawn immediately.

It is shocking that the police attacks on women activists of  VIBGYOR took place soon after the completion of 9thVIBGYOR which focused on Gender Violence. When the work of internationally famous Eve Einsler, `Vagina Monologues’ was performed, the police tried to initiate physical violence on February15, 2014 right inside the festival ground. On February 13th, when the Sangh Parivar activists tried to stop the screening of the documentary on Kashmir `Ocean of Tears’, the police facilitated them to enter the campus and destroy the festival office. While the hooligans destroyed the office right in front of the police, no case was registered on any of these communal fascists. The activists of VIBGYOR courageously and resisted them in a united and non-violent manner and the fascists were forced to withdraw.

We are shocked at the growing state violence and communal violence on the cultural activists and we demand an immediate action on the guilty police officers. We demand that all the guilty police officers be suspended  and  legal actions undertaken on them immediately. We appeal to all women’s groups, human rights groups, activists and film personalities to strengthen this struggle against police violence on activists immediately. We appeal to all concerned sections to circulate this message immediately.

Friends of VIBGYOR:

Endorsements:

  1. BhupaliKusum Vitthal,Centre for Education andCommunication, New Delhi

  2. Shri Prakash, Film Maker, Jharkhand

  3. Sameera Jain, Film Maker

  4. AnjaliMonteiro and K.P. Jayasankar, Film Makers, TISS, Mumbai

  5. Sunita Prasad

  6. KavitaBahl, Director, TopQuark Films, Delhi

  7. Supriya Madangarli, Mangalore

  8. Anuradha, Hyderabad

  9. Juhi Jain, feminist activist and writer New Delhi

  10. Seena Viovin

  11. SuhasiniMulay, Film personality, New Delhi

  12. Shampa Sengupta, Disability and Gender Rights Activist, Kolkata

  13. Adv Kamayani Bali Mahabal

  14. Sanal Sasidharan

  15. Teena Gill, Film maker, New Delhi

  16. Subuhi Jiwani

  17. Sudha K.F, Central English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.

  18. Benny Kuruvilla, New Delhi

  19. Deepa Dhanraj, Film Maker

  20. Pushpa Achanta, Writer (Bangalore)

  21. Vasanth Kannabiran

  22. Kirity Roy, National Convenor (PACTI)

  23. PT George, Intercultural Resources

  24. Sujata Gothoskar, independent researcher and activist

  25. AchinVanaik former Dean, School Of Social Sciences, Delhi University

  26. IndianSocial Action Forum (INSAF)

  27. SmitaVanniyar, School of Media and Culture Studies, TISS

  28. SuklaSen, EKTA (Committee for Communal Amity), Mumbai

  29. PrafulBidwai

  30. Muhammadamen

  31. AbhilashB, Communications Specialist, Delhi

  32. KalpanaMehta, Indore

  33. SomaMarik, School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University

  34. Dyuti

  35. SurabhiSharma

  36. Dr.K.Lalita, Director Yugantar, a Hyderabad based NGO &Vice-president Anveshi research Centre for Women’s Studies

  37. SabaDewan, film maker, New Delhi

  38. Vani Subramanian, Saheli Delhi

  39. Kaveri R I, Hyderabad

  40. Geeta Seshu, Consulting Editor, The Hoot, Free Speech Hub.

  41. Elizabeth Philip, Sahaja, Kottayam

  42. Anivar Aravind , Moving republic, Bangalore

  43. Rohini Hensman (writer and activist)

  44. Akhil Kumar, Sub-Editor, Youth Ki Awaaz

  45. Akshay Pathak

  46. Archana B, Bergen, Norway

  47. Saba Prateeksha- Musician, and Director Hansadhwani Foundation

  48. VIMOCHANA,Forum for Women’s Rights, Bangalore

  49. AllIndia Students’ Associaion, Mumbai;

  50. Jan Sanskriti Manch, Mumbai

  51. Ram Puniyani, Writer

  52. Civic Chandran, Pathabhedam

  53. Sara Joseph, Writer

  54. K.P. Sasi, Film Maker

  55. P. Baburaj, Film Maker

  56. Sreemith Shekhar, Film Maker

  57. Anand Patwardhan, Film Maker

  58. Magline Peter, Theeradesa Mahilavedi, Thiruvananthapuram

  59. Meghnath, Akhra, Film Maker, Jharkhand

  60. J. Devika, Research Scholar

  61. K.E.K. Satish, Writer, Film Maker,

  62. Wilfred D’Costa, INSAF, New Delhi

  63. Kutti Revathi, Writer, Film Maker, Tamil Nadu

  64. Amudhan RP, Film Maker, Chennai

  65. Mark Achbar, Film Maker, Canada

  66. Leena Patel, New Delhi

  67. FTII Students’ Association, Pune

  68. Asha G, Thiruvananthapuram

  69. K. Saradamoni, Thiruvanthapuram

  70. Shehna R Shora

  71. All Indian Students’ Association

  72. JNU Students’ Union, New Delhi

  73. Irfan Engineer, Centre for Study of Society And Secularism

  74. Rahul Roy, Film Maker

  75. Marcello and Karina Bichara, Brazil

  76. PN Gopi Krishnan, Poet

  77. VG Thampi, Poet, Writer

  78. I. Shanmukhadas, Film Critic

  79. Priyanandan, Film Maker

  80. Rekha Raj, Writer, Activist

  81. Anvar Ali, Poet

  82. Sasi Thanniam

  83. Pramod Krishnan

  84. Jayasree Anantha Jayasree

  85. Meena Seshu, Sangram

  86. Malini Chib, ADAPT

  87. Santosh Surve, Jna Jagriti Vidyarthi, Manch

  88. Amir Rizvi, Social Activist

  89. Mukta Srivastava

  90. Musthafa Deshamangalam, Film Maker

  91. M. Jisha, Freelance journalist

  92. MG Sasi, Film Maker

  93. I. Gopinath, Freelance Journalist

  94. Satya Sagar, Journalist

  95. T. Peter, KSMTF

  96. Jagdish Chandra, New Social Alternative, Bangalore

  97. Deepu, Pedestrian Pictures, Bangalore

  98. Ashok Mathew Philip, SICHREM, Bangalore

  99. Dhirendra Pande, All India Secular Forum, Orissa

  100. Vijaysingh Ronald David, National Adivasi Alliance, Karnataka

  101. Vasanth Kannabiran, ASMITA Women’s Resource Centre, Hyderbad

 

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