Gender Issues

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).

AIDWA Holds Public Hearing to expose Anti-people, Pro-corporate Budget

THE All India Democratic Women’s Association has organised a public hearing on April 27 to “Expose anti-people, pro-corporate budget” of the NDA government. The jury comprised Brinda Karat (patron, AIDWA and former Member of Parliament), Aruna Roy (MKSS, Rajasthan and former member of National Advisory Council), Indira Jaisingh (eminent Supreme Court lawyer and human right activist), and Prof Utsa Patnaik (Professor Emeritus, JNU).

India's Daughter Reflects Structural Reasons Behind Proliferation of Rape Cultures

THERE is no need to make too much about differing opinions about a film. There may be very rare occasions when there is unanimity among film viewers. Thus some may like the documentary made around the Nirbhaya case called India's Daughter and some may not. But can the grounds for banning the film be supported? In India, the right to freedom of expression is not an untrammeled right like it is in the United States or some other countries.

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