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Chhattisgarh sterilization deaths: Surgeon goes scot- free, activists write to CM

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13 women lost their lives in November 2014 after undergoing sterilization surgery performed in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh. A criminal case was lodged against the surgeon Dr. R.K. Gupta and the government set up a one-person judicial enquiry commission headed by Js Anita Jha. The Enquiry report is out and has indicted the surgeon as

Dalit women´s body slams retired judge´s sexist comment against Rohith Vemula’s mother


Ambedkarite Women Against Atrocities, India (AWAA) issues statement condemning the report released by retired judge K Roopanwal whose mandate was to inquire into the facts and circumstances leading to research scholar Rohith Vemula’s death Here is the full text of the statement; Dear Friends, We the members of  Ambedkarite Women Against Atrocities’, India (AWAA)  condemned

New Maternity Benefit Bill is discriminatory, activists

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Presenting the letter drafted by activists with backgrounds in child psychology and child rights law on the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill. The letter will be submitted to the Ministers of Labour, Women and Child Development, Health and Family Welfare, Social Justice and Empowerment, and the PMO. Those who wish to endorse the letter in your

Rest in power, Sandhya Rao!


Meena Seshu and Laxmi Murthy pay tribute to feminist activist Sandhya Rao, who passed away on Saturday in Bangalore VAMP, Muskan and Sangram pay their respects to a feminist and friend who walked our path gently and firm. She translated, wrote our stories, helped us in research, held our hand and smoked her way through trainings,

Jisha rape and murder: Women’s network demands action against police officials who refused to file FIR


statement issued by Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), a nationwide network of women from diverse political and social movements

We, condemn the gruesome incident of heinous rape and murder of a 30-year old law student from Kuruppamapdy, villageVattolippidi Canal Bund near Perumbavoor in Kerala’s Ernakulam district. On the evening of April 28th 2016, her mother, a daily-wage [...] Continue Reading…

Statement on the rape and murder of Dalit woman in Kerala


Jisha’s rape and murder reaffirms how the bodies of Dalit women become sites for the most brutal forms of exercise of caste oppression accentuated by patriarchal power, where the control of and violence on women’s bodies become powerful mechanisms for upholding a Brahminical patriarchal order

By Pinjratod

On 28th April’16, Rajeshwari a daily wage labourer and a single parent, returned home [...] Continue Reading…

Pachauri’s suit against Vrinda Grover will have chilling effects on sexual harassment complaints, women´s rights activists

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We the undersigned activists and organizations of the Indian women’s movement express our outrage at the fact that R.K. Pachauri has filed a civil suit for injunction and demanded damages of Rs. 1 crore against Advocate Vrinda Grover. The attempt is to hold Ms. Grover liable in a civil suit for her efforts towards bringing official cognizance of two [...] Continue Reading…

Hyderabad University strike: Women´s groups extend support to students as police and administration continue to use brutal force on protesters


The strategy of the BJP government – to crush all dissent and establish a totalitarian saffron regime in institutions of higher education – is now visible in campuses across the country, from Hyderabad to JNU, Pune and Chennai

WSS strongly condemns the brutal police action against the students of the University of Hyderabad. The students, who were exercising [...] Continue Reading…

Feminists in solidarity with JNU professor Nivedita Menon

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The attacks being carried out on Nivedita Menon by certain political groups through student bodies like the ABVP, who are filing baseless complaints with the police, and the media like Zee News, who are maligning her with footage shown out of context, is an attack on reasoned debate and informed conversation, both of which are inimical to democracy

The women’s [...] Continue Reading…

Maternity entitlements must be universal and unconditional

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Women and civil organisations write to Prime Minister demanding immediate implementation of the National Food Security Act of 2013

By Team FI

In an open letter to the Prime Minister on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, 8th March, 2016, women and other concerned civil society organisations have asked for the immediate implementation [...] Continue Reading…

Sex workers express solidarity with JNU students, demand Azadi from `Goddess’ Durga


Veshya Anyay Mutki Parishad writes to Jawaharlal Nehru University students expressing solidarity with their fight against right-wing orchestrated violence and intimidation

Dear Students of JNU,
Salute! Jai Bhim! Laal salam! We will win this war against sedition! March 3rd, International Sex workers Rights Day, Zindabad!

We write from the sex worker’s rights movement to hail your struggle and to add to [...] Continue Reading…

March 8 statement: Nationalism enslaves women


Your borders and boundaries will not stop the international solidarity and collectivisation of women, our imaginations dance wild like stardust, like the magic spells of witches

By Pinjra Tod

An Adivasi school-teacher and human rights activist, Soni Sori was brutally attacked by a group of men last Sunday, her face blacked with grease. Soni now lies in a hospital in Delhi, [...] Continue Reading…

Sisters, why should the Hindu right get to speak in our names?


Don’t let the Hindu right speak in our names! Calling all Matas, Mummas, Mummys, Nanis, Dadis, Buas, Maasis, Mausis, Behenas, Khalas, Phuppis et all

By Aarti Sethi

Main Bharat Ki Behena
Ab Sun le Mera Kehna
I Stand With JNU

Main Bharat Ki Behena
“Suraksha” Main Nahin Rehena
I Stand With JNU

Main Bharat Ki Mata
Samajh Nahin Aata?
I Stand With JNU

Main Bharat Ki Mata
Tu Mujhe Kya Sikhata?
I [...] Continue Reading…