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Inadequate Budgetary Provisions for Women

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Press Release
Women’s Safety and Welfare Need Adequate Budgetary Allocations,
Not Hollow and Cynical Gestures
The Govt Takes Nirbhaya’s Name, Why Hasn’t It Provided Budgetary Backing for the Rehabilitation and Medical Care of All Rape and Acid Attack Survivors?  New Delhi, February 28, 2013
The Finance Minister’s Budget speech made several references to women. But since these have not been backed by sufficient allocations in the required areas, these references appear to be mere token and hollow gestures. 
The ‘Nirbhaya fund’ is the most glaring instance of this. In the case of Nirbhaya (the Delhi gang-rape braveheart), the Government had responded to the public outcry by taking over all the medical costs of Nirbhaya. The Congress party leaders had even offered a flat to her family members. The Budget was the Government’s chance to show that these were not mere ‘charity’ gestures in one single case. In fact, the Government ought to show that it owns responsibility for the safety of all …

People's Watch Over Parliament

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Feb 21, 2012 
Jantar Mantar, New Delhi
NO to Government’s Eyewash Ordinance!
Parliament Must Enact a Law Against Rape and Sexual Violence Based on Justice Verma Recommendations! Budgetary Allocations for Rape Crisis Centres, Rehabilitation and Compensation for Survivors of Rape and Acid Attacks!

Walk - A Solo Performance by Maya Krishna Rao in Response to Delhi Gangrape

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Maya Krishna Rao, a well-known actor, dancer, director, and teacher, performing Walk in response to Delhi Gangrape during People's Watch Over Parliament in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on Feb 21, 2012


People's Watch Over Parliament

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Photo Diary

Demanding Implementation of Justice Verma Recommendations in the Budget Session
On Feb 21, 2013 at Jantar Mantar, Delhi




























































































Are Our Lawmakers Ready to Listen to the Voice of the Movement Against Sexual Violence?

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Demands Raised in the People’s Watch Over Parliament Today, February 21, 1st Day of the Budget Session, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi 
NO to Government’s Eyewash Ordinance! 
Parliament Must Enact a Law Against Rape and Sexual Violence 
Based on Justice Verma Recommendations! 
Budgetary allocations for rape crisis centres, rehabilitation and compensation for survivors of rape and acid attacks 
We want to tell the MPs – our eyes are on you. We are watching to see if you do justice to women. We are watching to see if you implement the Justice Verma recommendations. 
1) We want rape-accused MPs, starting with Deputy Speaker of Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien to resign from Parliament. We have had enough of MPs remarks branding women as ‘dented and painted’ and branding rape survivors as ‘child prostitutes’ or as ‘zinda laash.’ We say to them: please stop worrying about women’s morality, and ‘honour’ – and enact an anti-rape law that respects women’s autonomy and rights; that gets rid of protective…

Demand Justice in the Suryanelli Rape Case

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Anti-rape protesters have been outraged by the fact that the new rape law will be discussed in Parliament, with a rape-accused presiding over the discussions! The Deputy Speaker of the Rajya Sabha, PJ Kurien, is accused in the Suryanelli rape case: a case of gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Kerala, 17 years ago.
The 16-year-old girl in Kerala’s remote Idukki district, was defrauded by a man whom she had befriended, was drugged, beaten and taken to places across the Tamil Nadu and Kerala countryside, where she was raped by around 40 men. Eventually she was put on a bus back home, after which she filed a complaint of rape. 40 persons were named as accused in the main petition, by the State Government. The rape survivor later saw Kurien’s photograph in a newspaper and recognized him to be one of the rapists, and filed a private petition against him to the court, when the police refused to register her complaint against him.
Kurien had tried to appeal against his being named as an accus…

Join Us at Jantar Mantar on Feb 21, the 1st Day of Budget Session, for People's Watch Over Parliament !

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People's Watch Over Parliament

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Kavita Krishnan, National Secretary of AIPWA, Campaigning for People's March Over Parliament on February 21 from Jantar Mantar Demanding Enactment of a Law on Sexual Violence Based on Justice Verma Committee Recommendations as the Parliament Gears to Discuss Ordinance....




Protest Against French President Demanding Justice in Suja Jones' Case and to Quit Negotiating Nuke plant in Jaitapur!

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Photo Diary

AIPWA and AISA held a protest demonstration in Jantar Mantar on February 14 in support of Suja Jones Mazurier's struggle for justice for her baby daughter, who was raped by her own father French Diplomat Pascal Mazurier. The protestors raised slogans against the French Government for protecting Pascal Mazurier. They also demanded Hollande to quit negotiating the French nuke plant at Jaitapur!









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Why inclusion of marital rape in the ordinance is necessary

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By Kavita Krishnan

The ordinance, in its present form, justifies and legalises marital rape. Even if a wife separates legally from her husband, the husband will get a lenient (two year) punishment if he rapes her! Justice Verma's report had said that any sexual contact that is against a woman's consent is sexual violence regardless of the relationship of the accused to the woman - even if he is a boyfriend or husband. A wife is not the property of her husband, she still has the right to say 'no' to sexual contact with him. In case the accused is in a relationship (or had a past relationship) with the complainant, it cannot be assumed/presumed that the latter has 'consented' to sexual contact.

If marital rape is recognised legally, will it result in false cases? Well, we can look at the experience of domestic violence. We have all seen how, even when wives face severe battering, sometimes of a life-threatening kind, they are reluctant (for social and economic rea…

Comparison of the JVC Recommendations With the UPA Govt’s Ordinance

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AISA and AIPWA organized a protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar on Feb 4, and also at Shastri Bhawan where Finance Minister Chidambaram and Congress Spokesperson Manish Tewari were holding a press conference on the issue, under the banner of ‘Bekhauf Azadi’ along with representatives of AIDWA. The protest unequivocally condemned the government ordinance amending laws related to sexual violence
Comparison of the JVC Recommendations With the UPA Govt’s Ordinance

the JVC Recommendations UPA Govt’s Ordinance 1 For the first time in India, spelt out a constitutional Bill of Rights for women, and the means to ensure those fundamental rights to equality, freedom, and autonomy
Ignores the Bill of Rights  2 Recognised that sexual violence is not an act of sex or lust: it is an act of patriarchal power. Therefore, to reduce sexual violence, we must safeguard women’s freedom and rights; and to ensure that perpetrators are punished, we must undo the impunity and protection for such offences that is bui…

No to Ordinance That Dilutes and Subverts Justice Verma Recommendations

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The ordinance on sexual violence laws introduced by the UPA Government is a mockery of the month-and-a-half long continuing struggle demanding justice and freedom for women. Instead of implementing the Justice Verma Committee recommendations, the Government has brought in an ordinance that undermines the spirit and thrust of the Committee’s Report and its key recommendations.
Any ordinance is promulgated as an emergency measure. Women live in a daily state of ‘emergency’, their freedom curbed by the fear of sexual violence. But it is not that emergency which has prompted the Government’s ordinance. Rather, for the Government, the ‘emergency’ was the desperate need to somehow dilute and divert the Justice Verma recommendations, which reflected the aims and demands of the ongoing countrywide movement.
The ordinance expands the definition of sexual violence, recognises stalking, acid-throwing, and voyeurism, and introduces more severe punishments. But on a range of key questions, the or…

Onwards to People’s Watch Over Parliament... For Implementation of Justice Verma Recommendations!

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Take Forward the Struggle Against Sexual Violence!
No to Government’s Eyewash Ordinance!Parliament Must Implement Justice Verma Recommendations!Are Our Lawmakers Ready to Listen to the Voice of the Movement Against Sexual Violence? 

Onwards to People’s Watch Over Parliament, 
Starting on February 21, 1st Day of the Budget Session, at Parliament Street

Friends, 
The horrific gang-rape of December 16 sparked off a massive movement that brought us all on the streets to say ‘Enough is Enough’ and demand action to ensure women’s freedom from sexual violence and gender discrimination. In keeping with the spirit of the movement, the Justice Verma Committee came out with a path-breaking Report, with recommendations that, if implemented, would truly make women less vulnerable to violence. But, instead of implementing the Justice Verma Report, the Government has instead chosen to pass an ordinance that completely subverts the substance and spirit of the Verma recommendations! 
Does the ordinance a…

The ‘Laxman Rekhas’ Can No Longer Appear ‘Natural’ – Each of Them is Being Met With Defiance and Resistance

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By Kavita Krishnan

Whoever expects a ‘pure’ social revolution will never live to see it.
— Vladimir Ilyich Lenin 
‘Middle class selective outrage’; ‘lynch mob mentality’; ‘macho protectiveness’; ‘coexistence of placards demanding women’s autonomy with those demanding castration for rapists’ — these are the ways in which some sceptics have described the ongoing movement against sexual violence. Activists of women’s and students’ movements, who have chosen to identify with this movement, have been accused of romanticising what is actually a dangerous mob phenomenon. 
Why should the prospect of contradictory consciousness in a mass movement worry us so much?
This question brought me, inevitably, to the Italian Marxist, Antonio Gramsci: “The active man-in-the-mass has a practical activity, but has no clear theoretical consciousness of his practical activity, which, nonetheless, involves understanding the world in so far as it transforms it. His theoretical consciousness can indeed be hist…