Gender Issues

Karat Meets Parrikar Seeking Support for Permanent Commissioning of Women Navy Officers

DEFENCE Minister Manohar Parrikar has given a categorical assurance to a group of women officers of the Navy, who met him on September 28 in New Delhi, along with CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat, that he fully supports the September 4 High Court judgement for their immediate reinstatement as permanent commission officers. He told the delegation that he would also take appropriate measures to see that there was no appeal against the judgement by the Navy.

Bus Jatha: AIDWA Campaign Forces Telangana Govt to Scrap Cheap Liquor Policy

THE All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) successfully conducted a bus jatha across Telangana against the new Excise policy of the K Chandrashekar Rao government permitting wide sale of cheap liquor in the state. Strongly opposing the move, AIDWA took up statewide campaign and at the end, the government had to roll back its decision to sale cheap liquor through the State Beverages Corporation. The bus jatha went across the state from August 17 to 28, and group meetings and public rallies were held at village, mandal and division levels.

AIDWA Protests at Saudi Arabian Embassy

HUNDREDS of women and men demonstrated in front of Saudi Arabian Embassy on September 10, demanding thorough investigation and action against the rape and trafficking accused diplomat.  The demonstration was led by Jagmati Sangwan, general secretary (AIDWA), Sehba Farooqui, general secretary (JMS) and Shabanam Hashmi leader of Anhad.  The demonstration started from Malai Mandir.  While approaching the embassy with banners, placards and slogans demanding waving off of immunity and initiation of strict action against the accused, it was barricaded by the police near the embassy.  It may be me

AIDWA Writes to PM on OROP

In a letter written to the prime minister on August 18, the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) has expressed support to the legitimate demand of the ex-service men of our country who have been justly demanding one-rank-one-pension. For this they are sitting in a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi for the last three months and now they have started an indefinite hunger strike.

On the so-called ‘witch killings’ in Jharkhand

A SIX member team of the CPI(M) visited Kanjia Marai Toli village in Mandar Thana of Ranchi district on August 9, 2015, where five women were brutally killed by the villagers, declaring them as dayen (witches). The team comprised CPI(M) state secretariat members Praful Linda and Sufal Mahato, district secretary Sukhnath Lohra and AIDWA leaders Bina Linda, Rangowati Devi and Renu Prakash.

AIDWA Starts “Pass the Bill, because ‘honour’ kills” Campaign

THE recent years in India have witnessed a rapid capitalist transformation accompanied by a regressive feudal consciousness, emergence of identity politics and consolidation of caste panchayats in defence of status quo. The conflicts which arise due to these processes are most visible in the sphere of marriage practices and the basis on which social relationships are established. As more and more young couples are exercising their right to choose their own life partner, the reaction against such marriages/relationships is also becoming more violent and pronounced.

Marital Rape Controversy & the Attack On the Democratic Women’s Movement

ANSWERING DMK MP Kanimozhi’s question on whether the Government of India planned to criminalise marital rape, the minister of state for home, Hirabhai Parathibhai Choudhary from Gujarat stated that “It is considered that the concept of marital rape, as understood internationally, cannot be suitably applied in the Indian context due to various factors eg, level of education/illiteracy, poverty, myriad social customs and values, religious beliefs, mindset of the society to treat marriage as a sacrament, etc. (Rajya Sabha Question 656, April 29, 2015).

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