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Don't tell me her name

Published Below is the Poem Shared by Poetess Usha Kishore from Isle of Man

(For the anonymous Indian women,
whose defiled and burned bodies
form a daily news item in the media}

Don’t tell me her name.
Let me cry for her,
let me cry for me
for I am woman born.

Let me map
my plagued body
in bruises, in burns,
in the stench
of kerosene,
in the fumes
of poison,
in the agony
of a defiled soul.

Let me write my body,
drowned in milk; my body
plucked, torn asunder
from my mother’s womb,
gasping for breath;
my body, torn apart for sins
of womb and breast.

Let me write a glorious
Motherland, where
inglorious women writhe.
Do I weep for myself
for I am lost hope, beating
my weathered bosom
in the annals of history?

Or do I write myself
as Kali incarnate
trampling a nation’s shame?





Struggle to Make 2013 a Year  For Freedom from Violence Against Women For Women's Equality and Rights !

On the very eve of the New Year of 2013, the life of a young woman was brutally cut short. This young woman with her dreams of education, of a job, of love and happiness, lives on in all of us. Her courage and dignity inspire us to resist the terrible discrimination, bias, and violence that eats into the heart of our society, and to demand justice and freedom for every woman. It takes courage to confront the government, the police and other institutions and demand accountability. It perhaps takes even greater courage to face and fight the daily discrimination and shackles that are imposed on women in our own homes and communities. We hope that we will find that courage in the spirit of that nameless young woman who lives on in our hearts. 
We pledge to make 2013 a year of resistance to gender oppression, discrimination, and violence. We pledge to support women's struggle in the …

Reclaim Connaught Place to Ensure Women's Freedom

When space for women has been shrinking in Delhi through incidents of sexual violence and incidents of Rapes, its time that the Women assert themselves and Reclaim all the space in and outside Delhi. Let us start to reclaim unqualified right of women to be free of violence - At Home, In the Streets, Day or Night, Irrespective of What They Wear or Do! Connaught place is an area which becomes extremely unsafe for women on the last day of every year i.e. 31st.while male enjoy every right to celebrate, it becomes impossible for women to share the same space because of the open harassment by lumpens who 'enjoy' new year by abusing women. In this regard we invite you all to make this new year a year free of gender violence. Let this new year be the year towards a gender just society. And we believe that this would be the best way to pay tribute to our beloved friend who laid down her life, in her battle against patriarchy.
Come with your protest songs, your poems, paintings, and etc…

Homage to the Delhi Gangrape Victim









Condolence Resolution

It's a Time for Grief, Mourning and For a Solemn Resolve - To Take the Struggle Forward for a World Where Women Can Have Freedom, Rights and Justice. Gather for a Condolence Meeting at 11am, Jantar Mantar.
Condolence Resolution
We condole the sad passing of the brave rape survivor of Delhi, who battled her assailants and her horrendous injuries with so much courage and endurance. We stand by her family in this time of unimaginable grief and mourning.
This is a time for mourning, for inner reflection, and also for a resolve to take the struggle forward for justice, rights, and freedom for women in our society. We all feel immense anger and outrage at the cruel way in which a young woman’s life was taken. It is important that the anger be directed at the root causes of violence against women in society, as well as at the system and institutions that fail to defend women’s right to freedom without fear.
As we approach a sad end to the year, full of grief and anger, let us resolve that…

Photo Diary of Dec 27 Protests




What Was She Wearing

I’m sick of the question – How was she dressed?
Show me the man slumped over the counter with a bullet in his head
Dressed like someone who deserves to be dead.
Tell me the 6 year old girl assaulted in church was asking for it.
Or the girl raped in gym class looked like a slut in those sweat pants.
What clothes – pulled from what rack
Will prevent an attack?
Tell me the store – and I’ll go back
And buy the right clothes this minute –
The outfit that prevents rape if you’re in it.
See I didn’t understand
I didn’t understand that I could buy a shirt that says ‘I deserve to be hurt’
I had no clue I could put on a shoe
That says do whatever you want to do to me
See, your needs come first
After all I am wearing a tight skirt
Instead of the assault-proof dress
And I notice that you have the fault-proof vest
So it’s my fault I guess
Apparently I didn’t say No as loud as my clothes could say Yes
See I didn’t know that my No wasn’t enough
I didn’t understand that my body became less precious

Resist Sexual Violence, Assert Women’s Right to a Life Unfettered by Fear !

(The Editorial of the Forthcoming Issue of Liberation Monthly Magazine is Published Here)
A young woman in India’s capital New Delhi is battling for life, after being brutally gang-raped and tortured in a moving bus. Her male companion was beaten up, and both were flung on the streets. The incident has triggered an outpouring of anger all over the country, against violence on women, its perpetrators, the culture that justifies it, and the authorities who tolerate it and allow it to flourish. Protest demonstrations, small and big, spontaneous and organized, are being held all around. The road to India’s Presidential House (Rashtrapati Bhawan) has, as we go to press, become a battleground for gender justice, with thousands of ordinary people braving water cannons, tear gas and batons to protest the inaction against sexual violence. 
What is at the root of the alarming rise in gender violence and rape across the country? The answer requires that we take look within our society at the dee…

Delhi Protests

Saluting the Power of Protest in the Indian State’s ‘Rape Capital’
Editorial by Dipankar Bhattacharya, CPIML Gen Secy, for ML Update Weekly News Magazine

If the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year old paramedical student in a moving Delhi bus on the night of 16 December had shocked the entire country, the unprecedented protests that have erupted since then, most prominently in Delhi itself, have come as a most encouraging sign of a growing democratic awakening and assertion in the country. The year 2012 could not possibly end on a more rousing note. Never before did Delhi, or for that matter any other Indian metropolis, see a protest of this magnitude and intensity on an issue of gender violence. The protests have been remarkable for the scale and range of popular participation - mostly spontaneous but also unmistakably aided and encouraged by the spirited participation of organised progressive groups of students, women and workers - as well as for the bold display of courage and determinati…
Statement by Women's and Progressive Groups and Individuals Condemning Sexual Violence and Opposing Death Penalty

On 16 December, 2012, a 23-year old woman and her friend hailed a bus at a crossing in South Delhi. In the bus, they were both brutally attacked by a group of men who claimed to be out on a ‘joy-ride’. The woman was gang raped and the man beaten up; after several hours, they were both stripped and dumped on the road. While the young woman is still in hospital, bravely battling for her life, her friend has been discharged and is helping identify the men responsible for the heinous crime.
We, the undersigned, women’s, students’ and progressive groups and concerned citizens from around the country, are outraged at this incident and, in very strong terms, condemn her gang rape and the physical and sexual assault.
As our protests spill over to the streets all across the country, our demands for justice are strengthened by knowing that there are countless others who share thi…

एपवा का 'दिल्ली सामूहिक बलात्कार' की घटना के खिलाफ प्रदर्शन

दिल्ली में हुई सामूहिक बलात्कार की बर्बर घटना के बाद पूरा देश आंदोलित है. एपवा, आइसा और इंनौस ने बढ़ती महिला विरोधी हिंसा के खिलाफ अलग-अलग शहरों में प्रदर्शनों का सिलसिला जारी रखा है.

सिर्फ सम्मान ही नहीं बराबरी भी देनी होगी -
दिल्ली में चलती बस में हुई गैंगरेप की घटना के साथ साथ देशभर में असुरक्षित होती महिलाओं को सुरक्षा देने और बलात्कारियों को सख्त से सख्त सजा देने की मांग करते हुए 21 दिसंबर को रांची में ऐपवा और आईसा ने संयुक्त रूप से प्रतिवाद मार्च निकाला और लचर होती कानून व्यवस्था एवम् अक्षम होती दिल्ली एवम् केंद्र सरकार के खिलाफ विरोध प्रदर्षन किया। भकपा माले कार्यालय से निकला जो शहीद चैक से होते हुए एलबर्ट एक्का चैक तक पहुंचा। पार्टी कार्यालय से निकलने के साथ ही हमारे इस विरोध प्रदर्षन का हिस्सा आम जनता भी बनने लगी तो वहीं आस पास से गुजरते कालेज के छात्र छात्राओं ने भी हमारे साथ अपना विरोध दर्ज कराया। रांची की जानी मानी मनोविज्ञान की प्रोफेसर और नारी संवाद संगठन से जुड़ी रेणु दिवान भी ऐपवा और आईसा के इस संयुक्त विरोध प्रदर्शन में शामिल हुईं।

ठीक इसके अगले दिन यानी 22 दिसंबर को एक …