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Women activists to boycott Times Now TV debates

Arnab-Goswami

In an open letter to Arnab Goswami, Times Now news anchor, women activists condemn the demonization of the activists on the News Hour debates by the deliberate actions and responses of the anchor and mark their protest by refusing to participate in future debates By Team FI An open letter written by prominent women activists

Nationwide support for Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand

Teesta-Setalvad

Statement by People’s Union for Civil Liberties(PUCL) The PUCL welcomes the Supreme Court granting an immediate stay on the Gujarat High Court order permitting the custodial interrogation of journalists and Human Rights Defenders, Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand, while refusing to grant them anticipatory bail. The Gujarat High Court passed its order on the 12th

Activists question Gujarat Govt motives in Setalvad case

Teesta- Setalvad

Civil society and political activists raise voices in support of social activists Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand who are facing arrest by the Gujarat police By Team FI Following the Gujarat High Court’s rejection of the anticipatory bail plea of Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand and Gujarat police’s immediate arrival in Mumbai to arrest Setalvad

Kamala Maushi: Salute to a proud Devadasi

Kamala-Maushi

In memory of a proud Devadasi, a relentless activist who fought for sex workers rights, a natural leader and a compassionate comrade – Kamala Maushi (11-2-1950 to 11-2-2015) By Meena Seshu “Unlike gharguti [household] women I am married to a Goddess! In my culture, I have become a man. I am a Kaka (paternal uncle)

Women activists to boycott Times Now TV debates

Arnab-Goswami

In an open letter to Arnab Goswami, Times Now news anchor, women activists condemn the demonization of the activists on the News Hour debates by the deliberate actions and responses of the anchor and mark their protest by refusing to participate in future debates

By Team FI
An open letter written by prominent women activists was sent to Arnab Goswami, the [...] Continue Reading…

Nationwide support for Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand

Teesta-Setalvad

Statement by People’s Union for Civil Liberties(PUCL)

The PUCL welcomes the Supreme Court granting an immediate stay on the Gujarat High Court order permitting the custodial interrogation of journalists and Human Rights Defenders, Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand, while refusing to grant them anticipatory bail.

The Gujarat High Court passed its order on the 12th of February in the FIR of [...] Continue Reading…

Activists question Gujarat Govt motives in Setalvad case

Teesta- Setalvad

Civil society and political activists raise voices in support of social activists Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand who are facing arrest by the Gujarat police

By Team FI
Following the Gujarat High Court’s rejection of the anticipatory bail plea of Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand and Gujarat police’s immediate arrival in Mumbai to arrest Setalvad in the embezzlement case of [...] Continue Reading…

Kamala Maushi: Salute to a proud Devadasi

Kamala-Maushi

In memory of a proud Devadasi, a relentless activist who fought for sex workers rights, a natural leader and a compassionate comrade – Kamala Maushi (11-2-1950 to 11-2-2015)

By Meena Seshu

“Unlike gharguti [household] women I am married to a Goddess! In my culture, I have become a man. I am a Kaka (paternal uncle) to my nieces and nephews! All [...] Continue Reading…

Charlie Hebdo cartoon: Mumbai editor granted interim relief, case hearing adjourned till Feb 17

Shirin-dalvi-case

Hounded Avadhnama editor Shirin Dalvi gets some reprieve as Bombay High Court grants protection from arrest till case hearing

By Team FI
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted interim relief to Shirin Dalvi, editor of Urdu daily Avadhnama, when the public prosecutor failed to appear. The divisional bench adjourned the hearing to February 17 and granted protection against any [...] Continue Reading…

Rohtak rape and murder: Protest meeting for disabled rights in Delhi

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By Team FI

The Delhi Viklang Adhikar Manch, an affiliate of the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) has called for a protest meeting condemning the rape and murder of a young Nepalese disabled woman and the rising number of cases against disabled women in the country.

The protest is to be held in front of [...] Continue Reading…

Obituary: Pravinaben Natubhai Patel (1935-2015)

Pravina-Patel

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow” —Maya Angelou

By Vibhuti Patel
My mother, Pravinaben Patel passed away on January 1 in Vadodara. She was 79.

She was a highly gifted and courageous lady with tremendous sense of humour and great will power. She was dignified, [...] Continue Reading…

Jasodhara Bagchi: Farewell to a phenomenal woman

Jasodhara Bagchi

Veteran feminist, academician and author, Jasodhara Bagchi, will remain an inspiration to many

By Juhi Jain
This is indeed a sad time for us feminists. We have lost many a stoic fighter who made inroads into the bastions of patriarchy – challenging hierarchies, demanding rights and fuelling winds of change. Jasodhara Bagchi, one such relentless feminist academic, critic and teacher, [...] Continue Reading…

Farmers across Gujarat being detained

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Red carpet for national and international corporate honchos, iron fist at farmers?

PRESS RELEASE

While the Government of Gujarat is splurging on the jamboree called Vibrant Gujarat it is a crime to raise the issue of farmers’ suicides and low cotton prices. The totally non-political ‘Sanyukta Khedut Sangharsh Samiti’ had planned to make a peaceful representation before Gujarat Government on 11th [...] Continue Reading…