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5 Years After Nirbhaya, All We Have Are Empty Promises, Says Her Mother

17 December 2017

New Delhi: 5 Years After Nirbhaya, All We Have Are Empty Promises, Says Her Mother
“They said CCTV cameras will be put in buses. But they haven’t been put… Whatever was promised, said, remained just that, a promise,” said Asha Devi with a sense of disappointment and anger.
All India | Edited by Aloke Tikku | Updated: December 17, 2017 02:55 IST

In the months and years when her daughter died after suffering for 10 days, Asha Devi still had a lingering hope: That Nirbhaya’s pain wouldn’t go in vain. India had upgraded its laws for crimes against women, the Union government promised more boots on the ground and the city government, a rule that no bus could operate in the national capital without a CCTV.

“But today too we are standing where we were, in 2012,” she said. Read more on this at: https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/5-years-after-nirbhaya-all-we-have-are-empty-promises-says-her-mother-1788723

Press Release: STOP ENACTMENT OF TRANSGENDER BILL, 2016

OPEN APPEAL TO THE PARLIAMENT OF INDIA

TO STOP ENACTMENT OF TRANSGENDER BILL, 2016

 

Solidarity with the Nation-wide Resistance of Transgender, Intersex, Genderqueer People to Assert Their Constitutional and Human Rights

 

16th Dec, 2017: National Alliance of People’s Movements is deeply concerned that the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, to which there is massive resistance across the country from the transgender, intersex, genderqueer people, is being tabled in the Winter Session of the Parliament. The Bill in its current form is an unfortunately regressive step back from the landmark judgemnt of the Supreme Court in NALSA vs UoI (April, 2014), the more acceptable Private Member Bill on Transgender Rights passed by Rajya Sabha in 2014 and the progressive Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) Recommendations issued in July, 2017.

The Bill has a potential to seriously undermine the rights and interests of the already marginalized and historically wronged communities it claims to ‘protect’ and benefit’. It is for these reasons that NAPM appeals to the Parliament of India to Stop passage of the Transgender Bill in its current form and instead hold widespread consultations with the communities at stake in the light of NALSA judgement, Private Member Bill and PSC recommendations.  

It is indeed appalling that disregarding the significant discourse that has emerged around trans rights as mentioned above, the Bill again resorts to a series of draconian provisions such as – ambiguous and humiliating definition of transgender; arbitrary district screening committee for identification and authentication of trans persons; criminalization of  begging and traditional livelihoods, especially in the light of no provisions for jobs and reservations, non-recognition of the structures of family and care of hijra and trans people, stipulation of lesser penalties in cases of violence and discrimination against transpersons, replacing ‘Transgender Commission’ with a weaker ‘Council’, no affirmative measures to enable education and employment of trans persons etc.

Although, owing to pressure from trans communities across the country, we have been witnessing sporadic news reports that the Govt. of India has been ‘considering’ incorporation of some of the progressive recommendations of the PSC, such as expanding the definition of ‘transgender’ and dropping the ‘district screening committee’, there is no guarantee on many other substantive and long-standing demands of the community such as stringent penal provisions against discrimination, reservations in education and employment, healthcare, National and State Transgender Commissions etc. in any case no clear official clarity on any of the changes that would be made.    

We salute the valiant transgender, intersex, genderqueer people who have been organizing massive resistance across the country, particularly in West Bengal, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Manipur, Maharashtra, Delhi etc. against the unacceptable provisions of the Bill and express our full solidarity with their Call for a National Protest Action on 17th December at Parliament Street, New Delhi.  

It is rather ironic that a Bill of this nature, a first of its kind in the 70 years of ‘independent India’, with a claim to undo the historical injustice and recognize citizenship rights of the transgender community is actually trampling upon the rights of the community and denying basic constitutional, civil and citizenship rights. A Bill in the name of the transgender community should ideally be introduced and passed with the approval of the community and certainly not in such a situation where there is enormous critique and wide spread protests against the Bill.

We appeal to the Parliament of India, as a key pillar of our democratic edifice, and to each and every parliamentarian, across party lines, to stop passage of the Bill in its present form and listen to the demands of the community with sensitivity and openness. We hope the Parliament will stop this version, consult the community and then come up with a Bill, incorporating the progressive aspects upheld by the NALSA judgement, Private Member Bill and PSC recommendations, so that the community welcomes with the Bill open arms and not with protests, petitions and placards. 

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Medha Patkar, Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) and National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM)

Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey and Shankar Singh, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), National Campaign for People’s Right to Information and NAPM

Prafulla Samantara, Lok Shakti Abhiyan, and NAPM, Odisha 

P.Chennaiah, Andhra Pradesh VyavasayaVruthidarula Union-APVVU and National Centre For Labour and NAPM (Andhra Pradesh)

Binayak Sen and Kavita Srivastava, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

Gabriele Dietrich, Penn UrimayIyakkam, Madurai and NAPM (Tamilnadu)

Geetha Ramakrishnan, Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, (Tamilnadu) 

Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Party and NAPM, Uttar Pradesh

Sister Celia, Domestic Workers Union, and NAPM, Karnataka 

Maj Gen (Retd)S.G.Vombatkere, Mysuru, NAPM, Karnataka

Arundhati Dhuru, Manesh Gupta, NAPM, Uttar Pradesh 

Vilayodi Venugopal, CR Neelakandan and Prof.Kusumam NAPM, Kerala

Anand Mazgaonkar andKrishnakant, ParyavaranSuraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat 

Ramakrishnam Raju, United Forum for RTI and NAPM (Andhra Pradesh)

Vimal Bhai, MatuJansangathan, NAPM, Uttarakhand 

Dayamani Barla, Aadivasi-MoolnivasiAstivtva Raksha Samiti, NAPM Jharkhand

Dr.Sunilam and Adv. Aradhna Bhargava,KisanSangharsh Samiti, and NAPM, Madhya Pradesh

Samar Bagchi and Amitava Mitra, NAPM West Bengal

Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, and Prasad Bagwe, NAPM Maharashtra 

Kailash Meena, NAPM Rajasthan 

Gautam Bandopadhyay, NAPM, Chhattisgarh

Anjali Bharadwaj, National Campaign for People’s Right to Information and NAPM

KaladasDahariya, RELAA, Chhatisgarh

Meera Sanghamitra, NAPM Telangana-Andhra Pradesh

Bhupender Singh Rawat, Jan SangharshVahini, NAPM, Delhi

Faisal Khan, KhudaiKhidmatgar, NAPM Haryana

J S Walia, NAPM Haryana 

Lingraj Azad, Samajwadi Jan Parishad, Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, and NAPM, Odisha

Guruwant Singh, NAPM Punjab

Richa Singh, Sangatin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan, NAPM Uttar Pradesh

Arul Doss, NAPM (Tamilnadu)

Jabar Singh, NAPM, Uttarakhand 

Sister Dorothy, NAPM Bihar

Kamayani Swami and Ashish Ranjan, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, and NAPM Bihar 

Mahendra Yadav,KosiNavnirmanManch, NAPM Bihar 

Bilal Khan, Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Mumbai and NAPM

Rajendra Ravi, Nanhu Prasad, Madhuresh Kumar, Sunita Rani, Amit Kumar, Himshi Singh, Uma, NAPM, Delhi

Aaquib Zabed Mazumder, Rajesh Serupally, NAPM, Telangana – Andhra Pradesh 

 
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The politics of impotence | openDemocracy

A systematic mode of thinking is required to ensure rape victims are not blamed for their suffering. Binarism – overly simplistic evaluations – is a default position that causes considerable damage. Sex education and support for feminist movements are vital.

http://www.opendemocracy.net/alexios-arvanitis/politics-of-impotence

 

Protest against unethical media coverage of Tehelka Case

Protest against unethical media coverage of Tehelka Case:

The Network of Women in Media, India is deeply concerned about what appears to be a renewed media campaign that threatens the course of justice in the sexual assault and rape case involving the former editor of Tehelka, Tarun Tejpal.

Courtesy: http://www.kractivist.org/protest-against-unethical-media-coverage-of-tehelka-case-vaw/?subscribe=success#blog_subscription-2

Tehelka Rape case: Shoma Chaudhury should be arrested: Vidya Shet

The chairperson of the state commission for women of Goa, Vidya Shet, on Monday hit out at the managing editor of the Tehelka magazine, Shoma Chaudhury, in the journalist sexual assault case. She condemned Chaudhury and said that she should be arrested as she has given protection to the accused.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/audio-news-video/AV-India/Shoma-Chaudhury-should-be-arrested-Vidya-Shet/Article2-1155623.aspx?hts0021

Press Release: All India Network of Sex Workers (AINSW)

AINSW conference in New Delhi on 22 Aug 2013
AINSW conference in New Delhi on 22 Aug 2013

Press Release

New Delhi, August 22: Recognising the strength of sex workers’ collectives in addressing issues faced by them  Dr. Syeda Hameed, Member, Planning Commission of India said that, ” The 12th Five-Year Plan is in many ways imbued with the voices of the excluded.” These communities are at the cutting edge of the inclusive growth she added while delivering the valedictory address along with Mr. Oscar Fernandes and Ms. Aradhana Johri, Additional Secretary, Department of AIDS Control at the two-day National Consultation on the “Protecting Dignity and Rights of Sex Workers”.

Both in his capacity as Union Minister of Surface Transport and Highways Minister and Founder member of Parliamentary Forum on AIDS, Government of India and a long time ally of the sex workers movement Mr. Oscar Fernandes said, “I appreciate your efforts and initiative to come forward and contribute significantly in prevention of HIV.” He informed that PFA is organising a series of workshops all over the country and he sought All India  Network of Sex Workers (AINSW) participation in them.

Social activist Aruna Roy joined the consultation straight from Pension Parishad sit-in at Jantar Mantar. Expressing her solidarity with sex workers’ collective she said, “We recognise sex workers as any other workers in the informal sector.” She supported their demand for de-criminalisation and recognition to their work as work and said that the sex workers should be part of the process of making of laws and policies related to them.

Commenting on the proposed legal amendments in ITPA Ms. K. Sujatha Rao, Former Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India said, “Sex workers are also human being who have their choices and vulnerabilities, they cannot be judged on moral ground. I do not think criminalising clients will help in any way, but it would have adverse effect by increase in violence. Therefore it will not be good measure in public policy terms.”

‘Only Rights can stop the Wrongs’ was the motto of the two-day theme. On the second day of consultation representatives of sex workers discussed issues related with health and violence along with supporters of sex workers’ movements in the Government, Judiciary, Media and Social Activism.

The notable speakers in this session include Ms. Meenakshi Dutta Ghosh, Former Secretary, Ministry of Panchayat and Rural Development, Govt. of India; Mr. Oussama Tawil, UNAIDS; Ms. Sushma Mehorotra; Ms. K. Sujatha Rao, Former Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India;  Ms. Sutapa Deb, Senior Journalist, NDTV; Ms. Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Human Rights Activist; Ms. Alka Narang, United Nations Development Programme; Ms. Sarada Murleedharan, Director, National Rural Livelihood Mission; Mr. Nikhil Dey, MKSS;  Ms. Rashmi Singh, Mission Director, National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW); Mr. Sayedul Haque, Member of Parliament, CPI(M)

Other notable speakers representing sex workers collectives include Ms. P. Koushalya, President PWN+; Ms. Bhagya, Ashodaya; Ms. Kusum

Representatives of sex workers from 13 states, affiliated with the All India Network of Sex Workers (AINSW), which was founded three years ago, have come together in the capital for the two day consultation on 21-22 August 2013.

प्रेस विज्ञप्ति

नई दिल्ली, 22 अगस्त, 2013: सेक्स वर्करों की सामूहिक शक्ति को महसूस करते हुए योजना आयोग की सदस्या डॉ. सैयदा हमीद ने कहा कि 12वीं पंचवर्षीय योजना में कई तरीकों को शामिल किया गया है जिससे उपेक्षित लोगों की आवाज  को भी सुना जाएगा। सेक्स वर्करों के सम्मान और अधिकार की सुरक्षा के लिए दो दिनों तक चली राष्ट्रीय बैठक में अपने समापन भाषण में हमीद ने कहा कि सेक्स वर्करों का समुदाय समाज के विकास से कटा हुआ है। हमीद के साथ इस सत्र में केंद्रीय भूतल परिवहन मंत्री आस्कर फर्नांडीस और एड्स नियंत्रण विभाग की अतिरिक्त सचिव अराधना जौहरी भी शामिल हुईं।

केंद्रीय भूतल परिवहन मंत्री और एड्स के मुद्दे पर बने संसदीय फोरम के संस्थापक सदस्य और सेक्स वर्करों के आंदोलन से लंबे समय से जुड़े हुए आस्कर फर्नांडीज़ ने कहा, “एचआईवी की रोकथाम की दिशा में आप लोगों की कोशिशों औरप प्रयासों की मैं प्रशंसा करता हूं।” उन्होंने इस मौके पर यह भी बताया कि एड्स के मुद्दे पर बना संसदीय फोरम देश भर में वर्कशाप्स का आयोजन कर रहा है। उन्होंने ऑल इंडिया नेटवर्क ऑफ़ सेक्स वर्कर (एआईएनएसडब्ल्यू) को इन वर्कशाप्स में शामिल होने का आमंत्रण भी दिया।

जंतर मंतर पर पेंशन परिषद की बैठक में शामिल सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता अरुणा राय भी इस बैठक में हिस्सा लेने के लिए पहुंची। उन्होंने सेक्स वर्करों को अपना समर्थन देने की घोषणा करते हुए कहा,  “हम सेक्स वर्करों को असंगठित क्षेत्र में काम कर रहे दूसरे वर्करों की तरह ही देखते हैं।”

उन्होंने सेक्स वर्करों के पेशे को काम के तौर पर मान्यता दिए जाने की मांग का समर्थन करते हुए कहा कि इसे अपराध के दायरे से हटाना होगा। उन्होंने इस बात पर भी जोर दिया कि सेक्स वर्करों से संबंधित कानून और नीतियां बनाने में सेक्स वर्करों से सलाह मशविरा किया जाना चाहिए।

आईटीपीए में प्रस्तावित कानूनी संशोधनों पर बोलते हुए स्वास्थ्य एवं परिवार कल्याण मंत्रालया की पूर्व सचिव के सुजाता राव ने कहा, “सेक्स वर्कर भी इंसान हैं, उनकी अपनी इच्छाएं होती हैं। उन्हें केवल नैतिक आधार पर नहीं परखा जाना चाहिए। मैं नहीं समझती हूं कि सेक्स वर्करों के ग्राहकों को अपराध के दायरे में लाने से कोई मदद मिलने वाली है। इससे सेक्स वर्करों के साथ हिंसा के मामले बढ़ेंगे। इसलिए सार्वजनिक नीतियों के लिहाज से यह बेहतर कदम नहीं है।”

दो दिनों के राष्ट्रीय बैठक की थीम है- केवल सही कदमों के जरिए ग़लतियों को रोका जा सकता है। बैठक के दूसरे दिन सेक्स वर्करों के प्रतिनिधियों के बीच स्वास्थ्य और उनके ख़िलाफ़ होने वाली हिंसा पर चर्चा हुई। इसमें सरकार, न्यायपालिका, मीडिया और सामाजिक क्षेत्र से जुड़ी शख्सियतों ने हिस्सा लिया।

इस सत्र में बोलने वाले विशिष्ट लोगों में भारत के ग्रामीण विकास और पंचायती राज मंत्रालय की पूर्व सचिव मीनाक्षी दत्ता घोष, स्वास्थ्य एवं परिवार कल्याण मंत्रालय की पूर्व सचिव के सुजाता राव, सुषमा मेहरोत्रा, यूएनएड्स के ओसामा तावेल, एनडीटीवी की वरिष्ठ पत्रकार सुतापा देब, मानवाधिकार कार्यकर्ता कामायनी बाली महाबल, यूनाइटेड नेशंस डेवलपमेंट प्रोग्राम की अलका नारंग, राष्ट्रीय ग्रामीण आजीविकाय आयोग की निदेशक शारदा मुरलीधरन, एमकेएसएस की निखिल डे, राष्ट्रीय स्त्री सशक्तिकरण आयोग की मिशन डायरेक्टर रश्मि सिंह, सीपीआईएम की सांसद सैयदुल हक शामिल थे।

इनके लोगों के अलावा सेक्स वर्कर्स कलेक्टिव के प्रतिनिधियों में पीडब्ल्यूएन प्लस की अध्यक्ष पी कौशल्या, आशोदया की भाग्या और कुसुम ने अपने विचार रखे।

ऑल इंडिया नेटवर्क ऑफ़ सेक्स वर्कर्स (एआईएनएसडब्ल्यू) के बैनर तले तेरह राज्यों के सेक्स वर्करों के प्रतिनिधि राष्ट्रीय राजधानी में सेक्स वर्करों के सम्मान और अधिकार को सुनिश्चित करने के लिए 21-22 अगस्त को हो रहे राष्ट्रीय सम्मेलन में हिस्सा लेने के लिए जमा हुए। तीन साल पहले सेक्स वर्करों के अधिकार और उनके लिए सुविधाओं की मांग के लिए एआईएनएसडब्ल्यू का गठन हुआ था।