Violence on tribal Chief Minister by Manuwadi forces is highly condemnable!
Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha (JJM)
Violence against women continues unabated in Jharkhand. The recent incident of rape and beheading of a woman in Ormajhi has exposed this again. Even after 3 days of finding the victim’s body, neither she nor her culprits have been identified. Along with the continuing violence against women, this incident also raises serious questions on the law and order situation in the state. It is worrying that despite formation of a Jharkhandi government, violence against women has not reduced. 5 rape cases per day (average) have been reported in 2020 as compared to an average of 4 cases per day in 2019.
The BJP Yuva Morcha protested across the state on 4th January against the Ormanjhi case. In the evening of the same day, the Chief Minister’s convoy in Ranchi was stopped, stoned and vandalized by a mob at Kishoreganj chowk. Many senior BJP leaders justified this attack as “violence by an angry public”. In a democracy, political opposition and protests demanding action from the state have their own importance. But, the mob attack on the CM’s convoy in Ranchi and consequent justification by BJP leaders raises many serious questions.
Slogans of Jai Shri Ram were chanted in the crowd. The attack on the tribal CM with such slogans and the support extended by the BJP to the event is an example of the growing anti-Jharkhand Manuwadi violence in the state over the years. This incident is highly condemnable. It must be mentioned that Manuwadi ideology is against rights of women. It is not surprising that right-wing forces which believe in Manuwad are raising the issue of violence on women in a violent, masculine and patriarchal manner.
Such violence increased widely in Jharkhand during the BJP’s “double engine” government at the Center and the state. Lynching of Adivasis, Dalits and Muslims by mobs while chanting religious slogan of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ is a glaring example of this. Today the same mob opposed a tribal CM with religious slogans and hooliganism. The attack on the CM’s convoy indicates the dissatisfaction of right wing forces against a Jharkhandi government based on the principles of Adivasi identity.
On Jan 4th , The .body of a headless woman believed to be in her 20s, was found in Ormanjhi area some 20 kms from the capital city on Sunday (January 3).According to the police, the body bore injury marks and and it is suspected that she may have been sexually abused before being killed. A few empty alcohol bottles were also recovered from near the body. The police is yet to identify the body and sent it for postmortem at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIIMS).
We Demand you , curb sexual violence in the state, the government should prepare a comprehensive strategy after public discussion to curb sexual violence in the state. The strategy can include improvements in law and order situation, training on gender equality and justice in educational institutions and government agencies and so on.
Mahasabha appeals to the Hemant Soren government and all gathbandhan parties to launch a mass campaign to promote and strengthen constitutional values and Jharkhandi philosophy and identity against the growing anti-Jharkhand Manuwadi ideology and violence in the state. All the organizations associated with Mahasabha will support such a campaign.