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Press Release – Shock over SC Remark on Dowry harassment and 498-A #Vaw

AIDWA expresses its deep dismay and shock at the Supreme Courts remarks in a recent case of dowry harassment that has been reported in the media. While the Court has every right to pass specific orders in a particular case under consideration, there is no reason why they should be extended to all cases of dowry harassment, and made mandatory with threats of contempt of court proceedings in case of non-compliance.

 In any case, it is our experience that in several states, there already exist guidelines regarding the manner in which cases of 498A are to be handled. Senior police officers are required to record the reasons for either arresting or not arresting the accused persons after registration of the FIR which are open to the scrutiny of the court. Moreover, the arrest is usually done only after proper investigation in the reported matter. 

We therefore believe that the SC order is not based on a proper understanding of the situation and displays a lack of appreciation of ground realities.

We are equally disturbed by the comment of the Hon Court that Section 498A is used as a weapon” by disgruntled wives.” Such language is demeaning of women who are subjected to extreme forms of violence and does not befit the highest court in the country, from whom we expect protection of basic human rights. We fear it will lend a handle to those retrograde forces in the country who are as it is pushing for weakening this section and making it compoundable and non bailable. Whereas the Court has expressed concern about the humiliation” of those arrested, we wish to point out that the thousands of women face humiliation and shame because of the physical and mental violence they face day in and day out. Incidentally, as all studies show, only a fraction of them ever reach the police station and even fewer get proper justice from the courts.

We appeal to the Hon Judges to review its own order in the light of hard facts gleaned from police stations that indicate that it is actually a disuse and not misuse of the Dowry Prohibition Act and Section 498A of the IPC which is leading to an increase in crimes against women across the country.

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Malini Bhattacharya Jagmati Sangwan

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Press Release – AIDWA demands Central Minister Nihalchand Meghwal should resign immediately #Vaw





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                                                                                                     Date: 19th June 2014

Press Statement


Central Minister Shri Nihalchand Meghwal should resign immediately


AIDWA demands immediate intervention by the Modi Government in the case of a gang rape survivor from Rajasthan, who is facing intimidation and threats because her determined struggle for justice has led to legal summons being issued to Shri Nihalchand Meghwal, Central Minister in the BJP Government.

The victim of gang rape had filed an FIR in 2011 against 17 offenders. AIDWA had intervened on her behalf even at that time. The relentless struggle for over 3 years has finally resulted in some action. The additional district judge of Vaishali, Jaipur has issued notice to the accused to appear in Court and face the charges made by the complainant. In this context, when such a serious accusation has been made, and legal proceedings are underway, it is imperative that the Central Minister steps down, pending the investigation. This alone can facilitate a free and fair enquiry into the matter. The complainant, and her family members must be provided full security, and all support required to fight the case must be extended to her.

AIDWA unit of Ganganagar, along with other concerned organizations, is organizing a protest demonstration tomorrow, demanding security for the survivor, and effective and time bound action in the case.

AIDWA has requested for an appointment meeting with the Prime Minister, along with the survivor, on an urgent basis.  They will also petition other institutions like NHRC, NCW, etc, in this regard.


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Malini Bhattacharya      Sudha Sundararaman      Jagmati Sangwan

(President)                   (Vice President)                 (General Secretary)


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Press Release- AIDWA Fact Finding Report on Gang Rape and Murder of minor dalit girls #Vaw



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                                                                                                    2nd June 2014


An All India Democratic Women’s Associations (AIDWA) delegation comprising of Jagmati Sangwan (General Secretary ), Sehba Farooqui (Secretary) accompanied by Rajeev Shant and Banne Ali of the UP All India Agricultural Workers Union had visited Katara Saadatganj village in Badaun District of Uttar Pradesh on 30th May 2014.Where the horrible incident of gang-rape and murder of two minor OBC girls occurred on 27thMay2014. The delegation met the families of the rape victims and other community members.

A report of the delegation is enclosed herewith.

Malini Bhattacharya Sudha Sundararaman Jagmati Sangwan

(President) (Vice President) (General Secretary)




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2nd June 2014


Report of AIDWA visit to Badaun

A delegation of the All India Democratic Women’s Associations (AIDWA) comprising of Jagmati Sangwan  (General  Secretary ) and Sehba Farooqui (Secretary) and accompanied by Rajeev Shant and Banne Ali of the UP All India Agricultural Workers Union, visited Saadatganj village in Badaun District of UP where the horrible incident of gang-rape and murder of two minor OBC girls belonging to very poor Maurya families occurred.  Their bodies were subsequently hanged on a mango tree near the village.

The delegation met the parents of both victims (the girls were cousins), many villagers, media persons and some police personnel. The region is dominated by the Yadav community and many members are known for their bullying and aggressive tactics.  These have become more pronounced under the present SP regime.  Many police officers and personnel posted in the area also belong to the same community. Generally poor people in the area are completely intimidated by them and this was something that was expressed to members of the delegation by many people that they met.  The accused all belong to the Yadav community and are recent migrants to the area.  The families of the victims are extremely poor agricultural labourers.  They live in mud huts without any electricity or toilets.

In the night of 27th May, the two girls had gone to the nearby fields in answer to Nature’s call.  A relative who went to the fields a little later heard them screaming and tried to look for them but could not see them.  He returned to the village and told others what he had heard.  The parents of the 2 girls became very agitated since they were missing and the fathers went to the police chowki in the village itself.  The policemen on duty pretended to be sleeping.  When they were woken up they pretended to be very angry and started shouting at the poor fathers.  Finally, they said that they knew where the girls were and that they would be ‘returned’ after 2 hours.  The poor, desperate men felt that they had no other choice but to go home and wait for their daughters to be ‘returned’.  It seems that little has changed in rural India in the last thousand years. When the girls did not return, their family members hired a jeep and left for the district headquarters at 4.00 a.m.  They were chased by a policeman on a bike who told them to look for their daughters in the mango orchard. When they reached there, they saw the horrible sight of their daughters hanging dead from the tree. The families of the girls are convinced that the policemen were also part of the gang that raped and killed their daughters.
The UP Govt. has announced payment of compensation to the families but nothing has been received by them.  They cannot survive without help is what they said.

Generally also the delegation was of the opinion that the UP Government should take urgent steps to stop the criminalization of society and the breakdown of law and order which is having grave consequences for women in UP. Apart from Badaun, there have been horrific rapes in Azamgarh, Etawah, Lakhimpur Khiri and Greater Noida as well within a week time. The culprits in all the cases must be identified and punished whoever they may be and the investigation should take place in a time bound manner. It may be recalled in this context that AIDWA had warned and condemned Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajvadi Supremo in April (11th April2014) against his trivializing statement on rape and gang rape in a public meeting at Moradabad during his election campaign, where he openly asked for condoning such heinous acts as momentary lapses. Here again we want to reiterate in this context that rape can hardly be called a “mistake” as Mr. Yadav thinks it is, more than often it is a premeditated act and an expression of power over women. It can in no way be condoned by using the old patriarchal argument that “Boys will be Boys” such irresponsible statements must also have played their role to embolden the criminals in the state.
The AIDWA delegation demands:
1.  In the FIR lodged by the police, the culprit policemen have been charged with abettment (120B) whereas they should be named as the accused and (Sec. 166A) also should be invoked in the case.  This is in keeping with the Justice Verma Commission recommendations.
2.  Proper financial aid should be given to the families immediately and the UP Govt. must announce a policy of compensation and rehabilitation of ALL rape victims instead of continuing with its current policy of ‘pick and choose’.
3.  Fast track courts for all cases of rape in the State should be established.
4.  Toilets must be provided for all in rural areas.  This is necessary for the health and security of women and girls.
5.  Proper security must be provided to the families of the victims since the accused are themselves policemen.



Malini Bhattacharya             Sudha Sundararaman             Jagmati Sangwan

(President)                                 (Vice President)                 (General Secretary)



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Activists booked for clashing with police during protest against rapes in Haryana #Vaw

Deepender Deswal, TNN Oct 16, 2012, 11.06AM IST

ROHTAK: The Rohtak police have registered a case against CPM politburo member Brinda Karat and several other activists in connection with a violent clash with police during a march in Rohtak on Monday to protest the spate of rape incidents in Haryana.

The protest, organized by All-India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) – the women frontal organisation of CPM, was led by Karat and attended by around 400 activists.

They staged a demonstration at the HUDA ground and then were marching towards the mini-secretariat to submit a memorandum of their demands to the deputy commissioner.

The police, however erected barricades at some distance from the DC office and stopped them from moving ahead. When the protesters tried to force their way, the police resorted to cane charging resulting in injuries to five protesters. The Rohtak SP Vivek Sharma however stated that protesters had attacked the police in which several cops including women police personnels suffered injuries. The injured cops are admitted in the civil hospital, he said.

However, around midnight, the police registered a case under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332, 333 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 283 (danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation), 427 (mischief), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly) against protests on the complaint of women cell incharge of Rohtak police Sunita Devi.

The police FIR named 12 persons including Karat, AIDWA activists Jagmati Sangwan, Iti Chaudhary, Dimpal, Shahnawaj, Prem Rani and male activists Satvir Singh, Ramesh Laura, Inderjit Singh, Preet Singh, Naresh and Ramniwas as accused besides a number of unidentified accused. The Rohtak police spokesperson Ved Singh Nain said that no arrests could be made so far.

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