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The relevance of Kawasi Hidme’s unheard story by Sushmita Verma (Art by Sushmita) – ‘Colours of the Cage’

Being an adivasi, a woman and being born in a region desired by greedy multi national companies does not serve one well. That is the story of Hidme and many more like her in the regions of Bastar, Chattisgarh. Kawasi Hidme was a young girl, full of energy from Borguda village in Sukma, Bastar region. She helped her widowed aunt till a small piece of land. The rice grown was just enough for them and Hidme would, during the season, sell Mahua in the local market. Like every girl of her age, she would be excited about the occasional fairs from where she can buy colourful bangles and other items which were otherwise not available in the local market.

In January 2008 just after harvest, as in previous years, a fair was organised in Ramram, the nearby village. Kawasi accompanied her aunt and her other cousin sisters to the fair and to buy ribbons andchoodis. There she joined a group of other tribals who were dancing and singing. Having danced vigorously, she soon became thirsty and approached the nearby hand-pump for water. But as soon as she held the pump, someone very forcefully grabbed her. She looked up angrily and was shocked to see Police personnel. They had surrounded her and began dragging her by her hair towards their vehicle parked outside the fair. With hands and feet tied, she was thrown on the floor of the truck and driven to the Police station.

IMG_20150425_020702This was just the beginning- the start of the atrocities that were to be perpetrated on Kawasi Hidme for the subsequent seven years or so. As the staff at one police station would satisfy themselves, she would be sent to another. Repeated torture resulted in a death like situation for her. The policemen however, got apprehensive that she might die in the station itself. That would be a major problem. Her detention had to be formalised and she had to be sent to prison. This was not something uncommon for this area- adivasi girls like Hidme were detained and tortured for months on end and would ultimately be falsely charged under draconian laws such as the Chattisgarh Public Security Act, UAPA, etc.

However before sending her to the prison, the formality of producing her before the court remained. Kawasi’s condition was such that she had to be admitted to the hospital. It was only after a few days that she was produced before the local Magistrate. The Police had conveniently accused her of an offence that related to the murder of 23 CRPF personnel and the Magistrate remanded her to the Jagdalpur prison. On reaching the prison, the excessive physical and possibly sexual torture ultimately paid its toll and her body suddenly ejected her uterus. She bled profously. Horribly scared, she somehow attempted and suceeded in putting her flesh back into her body.

IMG_20150425_021009Till then, she couldn’t share her experience with anyone, but now in prison she would be comfortable to talk to the other Gondi speaking women inmates. The next day as her uterus was again thrown out of her body, Kawasi decided to cut it off. She asked an inmate for a blade and when all the girls had gone out of the barrack, she sought to operate herself so as to end the pain. As she was about to act, a girl entered the barrack and screamed on seeing the bleeding Hidme. The other women inmates gathered. The blade was taken away from her and the jailor was called, who sent her to the city civil hospital for treatment. After a surgical operation at the hospital she was brought back into jail.

In court, the fabricated case against Kawasi was not progressing. The Police had mentioned two women and two policemen as witnesses. The two women never came to depose before the court and the two policemen denied having any information about her involvement. The evidence put up was itself suspicious at face value. The offence in which Kawasi was alleged to be involved, took place on the 9th September 2007. Statements of police personnels (with ‘remarkable memories’) were recorded on 5thDecember 2007, mentioning names of around 50 Naxalites supposedly calling out to each other. This list did not contain Kawasi Hidme’s name. However after 15th December 2007 when the police personnels added a few more names, her name suddenly appeared in newly recorded statements. And finally in court they denied her involvemnet.

Soni Sori, an adivasi teacher, was also in prison during this period and could interact with Kawasi. Soni Sori had undergone a similar treatment in police custody. She was administered electric shocks and stones were inserted in her private parts. After her release Soni Sori had informed human rights activists about Hidme’s condition who in turn, with sympathetic lawyers, started raising their voices for Kawasi. One such lawyer argued before the Court that as all the witnesses were complete, orders to release Hidme should be given. The judge replied that since she had already spent seven years in jail, there should not be a problem in spending a couple of months more! So Hidme stayed incarcerated for many more subsequent months. Finally in late March 2015, as none of the charges against her could be proved the Court ordered her release.

On the date of her release, Soni Sori and her nephew, Linga Kodopi went to receive her from Jagdalpur jail. When Linga took her back to her village, her friends failed to identify her and as she called out to each one of them, they started weeping. Though she was now free, her body was almost completely wasted. She had undergone multiple operations for gallstones. And each operation resulted in further exhaution. The mental injury is almost beyond repair. She regularly faces depression and sudden mood swings. On the other hand, the IG of Bastar, Kalloori has planned to fabricate Kawasi in a further case as she continues to speak of her violations and join Soni Sori in their fight against these injustices

This is not just the story of Kawasi Hidme, but rather the story of thousands of Adivasi women and men incarcerated for longest years of youth and vitality.The hard question we need to ask here is, who is going to compensate for their lost years? In the absence of legal aid, the torture these young women and men have undergone are never proved . The even more shocking part is that we do not hear such stories in the mainstream media. Soni Sori was one of the few women whose voice did reach mainstream media, the reasons being her own courage and the extent of gruesome torture she underwent. Though among aware citizens, it is not unknown that the Police frame adivasis and vulnerable people in regions like Bastar in false cases by branding them as naxals, but serious documentation on it especially when it comes to women still remains minimalistic. But all this fades in the midst of the footage that mainstream media devotes to coverage of the IPL, paid-news reports or events that do not concern us. This has created an illusion in the minds of our youth that a good life means a good job and abundant money with no concern for society at large. The few courageous women who decide to stand up against the mighty and powerful state apparatus face hostility at every step of their work. Recently when Soni tried to help Bhima Madkam, a local injured in a police firing, from Madenar village in Bastar to file a complaint, the police started harassing and threatening her saying that they will send her back to the jail by getting her bail order cancelled by the Court on grounds that she is ‘instigating people against the State’.

Apart from investigatng the case and arresting people, the police in these areas also assume the role of delivering justice. The growing impunity they enjoy is disturbing. The power that comes from holding the gun with absolutely no accountability is indulging. They assume the role of the overarching patriarchal figure who under the pretext of ‘protecting’ society, extracts ‘small’ (sexual or otherwise) favours, ‘teaches’ the accused a lesson and gets away easily unnoticed. Unless we broaden the discourse and dialogue on these issues, there is faint hope that anything is going to change for the better.

Hidme’s question keeps haunting us: “I was never involved in any Maoist activity… What was my fault?” We, as concerned citizens, have to decide if we are prepared for more such questions or are we going to stand up and challenge these injustices?

(Note : Support for the facts related to Kawasi Hidme’s case has been taken from Jagdalpur Legal Aid group’s lawyer, also a large part has been translated from information available in Hindi on activist Himanshu Kumar’s facebook page. The relevance of Kawasi’s story in our lives is becoming more important than ever before, hence I chose to talk about her story. All views expressed are mine)

source: https://.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/the-relevance-of-kawasi-hidmes-unheard-story-by-sushmita-verma-art-by-sushmita/

திரை மறைவு கேமிரா குறித்து – நக்கீரன்

ரகசியக் கேமிராக்கள் பொருத்தி பெண்களின் அந்தரங்க தருணங்களை, பெண் உடலை ஆபாசமாகப் படிம்பிடித்து பெண்களை மிரட்டுவது குறித்து:

பெண் உடல் பற்றிய ஆணாதிக்க சமூகத்தின் கருத்தியலே இப்படிப்பட்ட பாலியல் ரீதியான வக்கிரங்களுக்கான அடிப்படை காரணம். இந்த ஆண் அதிகாரமே பல்வேறு வக்கிரங்களுக்கு வழிவகுக்கிறது, வன்புணர்வு, ஆபாசப் படமெடுத்தால் ஆகியவை இதன் நீட்சியே. இதுபோன்ற வக்கிரங்களை, ஆபாச புகைப்படங்களை, வீடியோக்களைக் கண்டு பெண்கள் அஞ்சக்கூடாது. நமது அச்சமே அவர்களது மூலதனம். ஒருவேளை பெண்கள் இதுபோன்ற அத்துமீறல்களுக்குள்ளாக நேர்ந்தால் துணிந்து அதை அம்பலப்படுத்த வேண்டும். காவல் துறையில் புகாரளிக்க வேண்டும், சட்டரீதியான நடவடிக்கையில் இறங்க வேண்டும்.

ஆனால், இந்தப் போராட்டத்தில் வெல்வது பெண்களால் மட்டுமே சாத்தியமில்லை, காவல்துறை, சட்டம், சமூகம் என அனைத்தும் பெண்களுக்கு ஆதரவாக செயல்பட வேண்டும். புகார் கொடுக்க வரும் பெண்களை கேவலமாகப் பேசாமல், அவர்களையே குற்றவாளிகளாக்காமல் உரிய நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும். பெண்ணின் விருப்பமின்றி எவர் படம் எடுத்தாலும் அது வக்கிரமே, குற்றமே – அது காதலனாக, கணவனாக இருந்தாலும் சரி. காதல் சார்ந்த பிரச்சினை என்றால் அதில் பெண்ணின் நடத்தையை குறை சொல்லிப் பேசும் மனநிலையிலிருந்து சமூகம் வெளிவர வேண்டும். தங்களுக்கு நேரும் பாலியல் சார்ந்த தொல்லைகளை வெளிப்படையாகப் பேசுவதற்கான சூழலை குடும்பமும் சமூகமும் பெண்களுக்கு ஏற்படுத்தித் தரவேண்டும்.

புகார் கொடுக்கும் பெண்ணின், குடும்பத்தினரின் அடையாளங்கள் பற்றிய இரகசியம் காக்கப்பட வேண்டும். அவமானத்திற்கு பயந்து ஒடுங்குவதே வக்கிரங்கள் பெருக துணை நிற்கிறது.

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6 year old child was raped and murdered by her own grandfather

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It is reported that a 6 year old girl child was raped and killed by her own grandfather. This brutal incident has been reported from a place called kallaavi jadayan palayam, oothangkarai near krishnagiri district. The victim Pooja (6 years old) is the daughter of Gopala Krishnan a lorry driver. Pooja’s mother was dead when the child was 6 months.

Following this Gopala Krishnan had married muthulatchumi (20). She is 5 months pregnant now.  Krishnan would be often on travel and Pooja would be under the care of her step mother and her grandfather Pazhani Gounder (63) and her grandmother Muthammaal.

Pooja studies in U.K.G in a nearby school. Day before yesterday she had gone to school and as usual returned home. She had slept next to her grandpa in the night. Her Aunt and grandma had slept at another room

Pazhani Gounder woke up in the night reporting that Pooja was missing. Following that the grandma, the aunt and neighbors started searching for the Child. To everyone’s shock the child’s body was discovered from a nearby well.

People were doubtful about Pooja’s death and they reported in Kallavi Police Station. Police rushed to the spot, acquired the body and sent for Postmortem to Dharmapuri Government Hospital. It was reported that the child was raped and murdered.

Following the investigation made by the police it was found that Pooja was raped and killed by her own grandfather, threw her body in the well and acted innocent. Police has arrested him.

Additionally they also arrested her aunt Muthulatchumi.

Below is the statement issued by Pazhani Gounder:

I had an affair with my 2nd daughter-in-law muthulatchumi. I promised to give all my property to her and demanded her to have sexual relationship with me in exchange for this. We both used to have sex often. In the course of time, Muthulatchumi was a bit skeptical about the property rights and asked how is it possible for me to give the property to her when Pooja is still alive.

So I decided to Kill Pooja. Day before yesterday while all were sleeping, I took Pooja to nearby cow shed. On the way I raped her, inspite the fact that she is my Son’s daughter. When Pooja screamed Muthulatchumi came out, I ordered her to go inside. Then I murdered Pooja, threw her body in the well and walked home innocent.

Source: http://www.dailythanthi.com/2015/02/06012454/Grandfather-arrested-raped-and-killed.vpf

Activist’s car stoned in Hyderabad after she launches campaign against rapists – D.C

Hyderabad: Stones were thrown at the car of activist Sunitha Krishnan in Hyderabad after she launched a campaign against rapists who have shared videos of the horrific assaults.

Two separate videos were posted on YouTube by the activist on Thursday and are being shared on WhatsApp. In one of the videos, five men were seen smiling as they took turns to gangrape a woman even as she pleaded to let her go.

Reportedly, the videos are believed to be at least six months old and were discovered by Krishnan, who runs an anti-trafficking NGO named Prajwala in Hyderabad.

Activist Sunitha Krishnan’s car stoned in Hyderabad (Photo: Twitter)

The activist posted the video online hoping to start a national campaign to shame the rapists, find them and get them punished.

Sunitha Krishnan, who is herself a rape survivor, tweeted on Friday that her car was stoned in the morning, minutes after she announced her #ShameTheRapistCampaign.

On her Facebook page, Krishnan wrote she was alerted to the horrific video by a young man who received it on WhatsApp.

She further wrote, “If you know of anybody who has received any such videos, inform me at sunitha_2002@yahoo.com.”

The videos have been posted by anti-trafficking NGO named Prajwala on YouTube 

Source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/150206/nation-current-affairs/article/activist%E2%80%99s-car-stoned-hyderabad-after-she-launches-campaign

What the hell is this? I just can’t believe this… So disturbing… Whatever we say of Patriarchy… this is hard core perversion and these guys needs to be bloody punished.

#Sunithakrishnan #Rape #VAW

HC directs Maharashtra government to appoint protection officers The Bombay High Court on Friday directed

The Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Maharashtra government to recruit within six months full-time protection officers for each teshil, as required under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. A division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka said the protection officers play a very important role in assisting the aggrieved women.
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The Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Maharashtra government to recruit within six months full-time protection officers for each teshil, as required under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. A division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka said the protection officers play a very important role in assisting the aggrieved women.

Advocate General Sunil Manohar submitted that the Woman and Child Development Department has created 142 more posts of protection officers, in addition to the existing 216.

Appointment letters have been issued to 105 candidates so far, he said, noting that recruitment of 65 candidates was in the last phase and the government has earmarked 45 seats for Maratha and Muslim candidates which will be filled soon.

The AG said that the filling up the newly created 142 posts will take about six months and during the same period, 358 multi-purpose employees and assistants to the protection officers will also be recruited. The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by advocate Rajendra Anbhule, which has contended that protection officers have not been appointed in many districts.
source: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-hc-directs-maharashtra-government-to-appoint-protection-officers-2053248

ஆபாச பத்திரிகை எரிப்பு – கல்லூரி மாணவிகள் பேராதரவு – வினவு

அன்பார்ந்த மாணவ – மாணவிகளே, இளைஞர்களே, உழைக்கும் மக்களே, ஜனநாயக சக்திகளே,

பாலியல் வக்கிரங்களைத் தூண்டும் ஆபாச பத்திரிகைகள் எரிப்புப் போராட்டத்தை எமது புரட்சிகர மாணவர் இளைஞர் முன்னணி சார்பில் சென்னையில், வரும் 17-ம்தேதி நடத்த உள்ளதாக அறிவித்திருந்தோம். தவிர்க்க முடியாத காரணத்தால் இப்போராட்டம் ஒரு நாள் தள்ளி, 18-ம் தேதி நடைபெறும் என்பதை தெரிவித்துக்கொள்கிறோம்.

இப் போராட்டத்தையொட்டி புரட்சிகர மாணவர் இளைஞர் முன்னணியின் பெண்கள் கல்லூரிக்கிளை மாணவத் தோழர்கள் சென்னை நகரம் முழுவதும் சூறாவளியாய் சுழன்று பிரச்சாரம் செய்து வருகின்றனர்.

சென்னையில் உள்ள மகளிர் கல்லூரிகளான ராணிமேரி கல்லூரி, பாரதி மகளிர் கல்லூரி, காயிதேமில்லத், எஸ்.ஐ.இ.டி மகளிர் கல்லூரி, செல்லம்மாள் மகளிர் கல்லூரி, லேடி விலிங்டன் ஆசிரியர் பயிற்சி நிறுவனம் மற்றும் சென்னைப் பல்கலைக் கழகம் ஆகிய கல்லூரிகளில் பாலியல் வக்கிரத்தைத் தூண்டும் ஆபாச பத்திரிக்கைகள் எரிப்புப் போராட்டத்திற்கு ஆதரவு திரட்டும் வகையில் மாணவிகள், மாணவர்கள், பேராசிரியர்கள், கல்லூரி முதல்வர் ஆகியோர்களை சந்தித்து கையெழுத்து இயக்கம் நடத்தி வருகின்றனர்.

[படங்களைப் பெரிதாகப் பார்க்க அவற்றின் மீது சொடுக்கவும்]

ஆர்வமுடன் கையெழுத்திடும் மாணவர்கள், பேராசிரியர்கள் இப்போராட்டத்திற்கு தார்மீக ஆதரவை தெரிவித்து வருகின்றனர். இதை பார்த்த பெண் போலீசாரும் தாங்களாகவே முன்வந்து கையெழுத்திட்டுள்ளனர். இப்பிரச்சாரங்களை பார்க்கும் மாணவிகள் அதை படம் பிடித்து பேஸ்புக்கில் போடுவதையும் செய்கின்றனர். இந்த வகையில் புமாஇமு தொடங்கியுள்ள கலாச்சார சீரழிவுக்கு எதிரான இப்போராட்டத்திற்கு கல்லூரி மாணவிகள் மத்தியில் ஆதரவு பெருகி வருகிறது.

ஆழ்ந்த உறக்கத்தில் உள்ள இச்சமூகத்தை தட்டி எழுப்ப நள்ளிரவிலும் பிரச்சாரம்

மாணவிகள் மத்தியில் மட்டுமின்றி சென்னையின் முக்கிய சாலைகளான அண்ணாசாலை, காமராஜர் சாலை (கடற்கரையையொட்டிய சாலை) ஆகியவற்றில் மக்கள் அதிகம் கூடுமிடங்களில் புமாஇமு மாணவிகள் தீவீர பிரச்சாரம் செய்து வருகின்றனர். பேருந்துக்காக காத்திருக்கும் பயணிகள் பிரசுரங்களை கேட்டு வாங்கி படித்து ஆதரவு தெரிவிக்கின்றனர்.

[படங்களைப் பெரிதாகப் பார்க்க அவற்றின் மீது சொடுக்கவும்]

கலாச்சார சீரழிவை கண்டுகொள்ளாமல் ஆழ்ந்த உரக்கத்தில் உள்ள மனிதர்களை தட்டி எழுப்பும் வகையில் நள் இரவிலும் (இரவு 12 மணிக்கும் ) பேருந்து, ரயில்களில் ஓயாமல் பிரச்சாரங்களை செய்து வருகிறது புமாஇமுவைச் சார்ந்த புரட்சிகர மாணவிகள் படை.

கலாச்சார சீரழிவுக்கு எதிரான பிரச்சார நடைப்பயணம்

[படங்களைப் பெரிதாகப் பார்க்க அவற்றின் மீது சொடுக்கவும்]

பாலியல் வக்கிரத்தைத் தூண்டும் ஆபாச பத்திரிகைகள் எரிப்புப் போராட்டத்திற்கு அனைத்துதரப்பு மக்களின் ஆதரவை திரட்டும் வகையில் 30-க்கும் மேற்பட்ட மாணவர்கள் – இளைஞர்களுடன் புமாஇமு வின் புரட்சிகர கலாச்சார படை 15-ம் தேதி மதுரவாயலில் இருந்து சென்னை உயர்நீதிமன்றம் வரை நடைப்பயணமாக பிரச்சாரம் செய்து வருகிறது.

டிசம்பர் – 18,
சென்னையில்…
பாலியல் வக்கிரத்தைத் தூண்டும்
ஆபாச பத்திரிகைகள் எரிப்புப் போராட்டம்!

  • பாலியல் வக்கிரத்தைத் தூண்டும் ஆபாச பத்திரிகைகள் எரிப்புப் போராட்டத்தை ஆதரியுங்கள்.
  • போராட்டத்திற்கு வாருங்கள்.
  • வருபவர்கள் எமது புமாஇமு அலுவலக எண்ணைத் தொடர்பு கொள்ளுங்கள்.

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மூலம்: http://www.vinavu.com/2014/12/16/rsyf-protest-against-vulgarity-in-media-rescheduled-to-18th/

A letter to Cyrus, Chairman, Tata Docomo

Kind Attn: Mr. Cyrus P. Mistry

Fax No: Fax: 022 – 66605335

 

M.A.S.E.S (Movement Against Sexual Exploitation & Sexism)

Vadapudhuppatti, Theni – 625531

Email: kotravaiwrites@gmail.com

masessaynotosexism.wordpress.com

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Dear Mr. Cyrus P. Mistry

This letter is with reference to the #Tata #Docomo #POSER advertisement that is aired on Television and available on other social media.

We would like to bring to your notice that the content and concept of the advert is thoroughly male chauvinistic and derogatory. The ad propagates that a girl (rather a women) is so fanatical about getting likes for her profile picture (rather her beauty) and she gives poses after poses to earn those likes. In-fact she wouldn’t even move away until she earns those likes.

This is absolutely demeaning women.

The ad brands women (rather girls) as those who are always conscious in attracting people and those who long for admiration.

This is unwelcome and it is annoying.

While TATA boasts of being a socially committed Organization and runs as many as charities and trusts to ‘UP LIFT’ and ‘EMPOWER’ women, it comes to our surprise that TATA also produces such advertisement that brand women as mere beauty dolls, beauty conscious & admiration mongers.

We expect TATA to be more gender conscious and socially responsible. We demand that #TATA withdraws #Docomo POSER advertisement with immediate effect.

We look forward to a responsible reply from your end or we will be forced to take our #BOYCOTT #TATA PRODUCTS campaign further.

Thanking you,

Yours truly,

Nirmala

 CC: Mr. Srinath Narasimhan, Managing Director

CC: Mr. Srinath Narasimhan