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MDG Report 2014: India among worst performers in poverty reduction, maternal death and sanitation

Author(s): Moushumi Sharma  Date:Jul 9, 2014 Report shows good progress in areas like poverty alleviation and access to clean water and controlling diseases like TB, Malaria Some MDG targets, such as increasing access to sanitation and reducing child and maternal mortality… Continue Reading →

Kerala Dalit principal shunted out, for standing up to Education Minister #WTFnews

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvanathapuram | June 27, 2014 8:50 am   SUMMARY The transfer has triggered anger across the state and put the government on the defensive. A dalit principal of a girls’ high school has been transferred, days after she… Continue Reading →

New Kerala Case – Crackdown on anti-Modi slurs: College editors arrested #FOE

by Shruti Dhapola Jun 16, 2014 10:24 IST The crackdown against those who use ‘misuse’ their freedom of speech against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues and in the latest case of arrests, it’s the state of Kerala again. On… Continue Reading →

Kerala farmers fight to preserve world’s only variety of salt-resistant rice – and the ecosystem

As Scroll.in’s Mridula Chari and Harsha Vadlamani search for clouds along the west coast, they meet farmers who are attempting to return to a traditional system of alternating paddy and shrimp cultivation. Mridula Chari · Each year, Kerala’s backwaters attract around… Continue Reading →

Kerala women wrap themselves in banners to protest Badaun gang-rape #Vaw

IBNLive.com Jun 11, 2014 at 03:11pm IST New Delhi: The rape and hanging of two young girls at Badaun in Uttar Pradesh has failed to generate widespread protests and sympathy across India. There have been some protests and candlelight marches,… Continue Reading →

Narendra Modi on ‘negative faces’ list: 4 students and Principal booked in Kerala #FOE #WTFnews

The campus magazine for 2013-14 was released on June 4 and one of its pages titled ‘negative faces’ featured a photograph of Modi. The principal of a government polytechnic in Kerala and four students were among seven people booked by… Continue Reading →

If Gujarat is a model, then Kerala and Tamil Nadu, must be supermodels

May 10, 2014 The Gujarat middle Jean Drèze If Gujarat is a model, then the real toppers in development indicators, like Kerala and Tamil Nadu, must be supermodels In an earlier article published on this page (“The Gujarat Muddle,” April… Continue Reading →

Chithralekha – Dalit Women Auto Driver’s Protest draws wide support #Vaw

Chitralekhas mother who was denied the elderly pension and agricultural workers pension as a reaction against Chitralekha’s struggle. even she is participating in the agitation. today is the fifth day of it. picture and video: Aby Lizy Abraham Hashir K… Continue Reading →

Dalit Woman Auto Driver Again on the Warpath #Vaw

  Chitralekha, a Dalit woman auto driver who made it to the national headlines through her lonely crusade against the upper class political domination in Payyanur, is once again on the path of struggle, against the continuing victimisation on the… Continue Reading →

Press Release – WSS statement in support of Chithralekha, dalit woman auto driver #Vaw

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) condemns the attacks upon chithralekha, a dalit woman auto driver from Payannur, Kerala. WSS urges the local administration, in particular the collector, to take immediate action for justice for chithralekha.  chithralekha has been repeatedly attacked by CITU/DYFI autodrivers since 2005. This group of Savarna and obc men have tried to run her over with an auto in 2005 and burnt her auto later in the year; attacked her husband with a knife in 2006; and beaten her as well as her husband,  daughter and brother-in-law in three separate attacks in 2010. In 2013 her husband was almost run over by a bus; later in the year a group of 30 men attacked her and her family at home; and in another attack in 2013 her husband was beaten and implicated in a legal case.   Most recently in 2014, DYFI attacked her house and threatened the family in retaliation for a squabble about a goat wandering into her do pound and eating her plants. A goat wandered into her compound from the goat farm behind her house and chithralekha tied it up and said she would return it when the owner comes. A small incident like this, ended up in a large group of 11 dyfi workers turning up at her house and throwing stones at it to intimidate her.Once again instead of a complaint being registered under the SC/ST atrocities act,  chithralekha and her husband were implicated in an attempt to murder case (IPC 380) after three days. Her husband Sreeshkanth spent a month in jail while chithralekha managed to get anticipatory bail.   This lack of redressal under the SC/ST atrocities act despite several incidents of chithralekha and her family being attacked, beaten, and her livelihood threatened is completely unacceptable. It sends a clear message that the state refuses to take the SC/ST atrocities act seriously. If the Kerala government can not commit to justice for the dalit community despite such clear cut and repeated attacks, then it signals an alarming state of affairs.   WSS demands that:   1. All cases against DYFI and CITU workers who have been harassing her should be tried by the special court in Kannur set up for the SC/ST Atrocities Act. 2. All false cases against chithralekha and husband Sreeshkanth must be withdrawn. 3. Compensation to be given for loss of livelihood and property. 4. For neglect of duty and slapping false cases, Payannur CI Abdul Rahman and SI Shaji Pattery  must be tried and punished under section 4 of the SC/ST Atrocities Act. 5. Protection must be given to her and family to ensure right to earn livelihood without intimidation.   Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) is a non funded grassroots effort started in November 2009, to put an end to the violence being perpetrated upon our bodies and societies. We are a nationwide network of women from diverse political and social movements comprising of women’s organizations, mass organizations, civil liberty organizations, student and youth organizations, mass movements and individuals. We unequivocally condemn state repression and sexual violence on our women and girls by any perpetrator(s).  

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