We condemn in the strongest possible terms the attack on Shabnam
Hashmi in Rai Bareilly. She was attacked at about 12.30 on April 28
while she with her associates was distributing leaflets brought out by
JAVAB- Janvadi Vichar Andolan Bharat barely 100 metres from the
Gadaganj Police Station in side the Rai-Barely constituency.
Shabnam Hashmi and her associate were attacked by a gang of about 20
hoodlums who snatched all the Javab Leaflets while pushing and abusing
Shabnam Hashmi in the most foul and sexist terms.
At the police station Shabnam had to argue with the SHO, telling him
that no one can be stopped from exercising their right to free
expression and that he had to file an FIR against the attack on her
and the threats of rape and sexist abuses. The SHO did not register an
FIR and did not give her a copy of her complaint.
We demand that the hoodlums are immediately apprehended and coercive
tactics of the BJP not be allowed by the local administration.