This press release was put out by KAVITA SRIVASTAVA on behalf of various women’s organisations in Rajasthan, on 11 November 2011. For a background to the case, see “A CD and a missing health worker“.
- RAJASTHAN CONGRESS, STOP MISUSING AND EXPLOITING WOMEN IN POLITICS!
- ARREST MAHILPAL MADERNA AND OTHER POLITICIANS INVOLVED IN THE DISAPPEARANCE BHANWARI DEVI!
- ASHOK GEHLOT, PRODUCE BHANWRI DEVI DEAD OR ALIVE, OR ELSE RESIGN!
- BJP WHERE ARE YOUR TEARS FOR BHANWRI DEVI!! STOP PLAYING THE CASTE CARD!
- MAMTA SHARMA, NCW Chairperson, WHY THE SILENCE ON BHANWRI DEVI!
Raising the above slogans, Women, Dalit and Human Rights Organisation under the leadership of Dr. Pawan Surana ex-chairperson of the state women’s commission, protested today 11 November, 2011 condemning the Ashok Gehlot Government for the disappearance of one the workers of his Government ANM Bhanwri Devi and an aspirant of the Congress party.
Demanding the arrest of Mahipal Maderna, Malkhan Singh and other politicians against the disappearance of ANM Bhanwri Devi since the 1st of sept, 2011, more than seventy women and youth expressing outrage and calling the Bhanwari Devi case the tip of the ice-berg, gathered at the civil lines barricade. They said that it was the responsibilty of the Ashok Gehlot Government to produce the ANM and that the Rajasthan police delayed in responding to the missing situation and apprehended that the destruction of all evidence. They also feared for the life of Bhanwri Devi, the possibility of her being alive seemed extremely slim.
Speaker after speaker said that the Rajasthan Congress seemed extremely complacent to the fact the women in the state were being sexually expolited and instead of stopping their leaders from indluging in such crimes, they were trying to malign the character of the ANM. How could an ANM stand up to a Minister or an MLA in the feudal situation of Rajasthan. She was just a pawn in the entire power game between the various factions of the congress party and perhaps has lost her life.
They also objected to the BJP not coming out on the streets openly against Mahipal Maderna and others and one of the their leaders Digambar Singh had actually given him a clean chit. They too were weighing caste vote versus the crime against Bhanwri Devi.
The silence of the National Women’s Commission was also condemned as Mamta Sharma as chairperson should have pulled up the ex-Minister, CM and others on the disapearance of the woman and the lack of fair invenstigaiton of the Rajasthan Police.
Women’s groups also appealed to the media not to braodcast the CD which was actually lowering the dignity of Bhanwri Devi and all women.
Women’s groups of Jaipur gave a call to all state and national women’s organisations to join in the rally to take place next week for the justice of Bhanwri Devi. Those who spoke included, Suman Devatia of the Dalit Mahila Manch, Kusum Saiwal from the Akhil Bhartiya Janwadi Mahila Samiti,, Nisha sidhu of National Federatio of Indian Women, Dr. Malati Gupta and Dr. Laad Kumari Jain of the Rajathan Univeristy Women’s Association, Renuka Pamecha- Women’s Rehabilitation Group, Mamta Jaitly-Vividha Women’s Documentation and Research Centre. Nishat Hussein from the National Muslim Welfare Society, KomalSrivastava from the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, Kavita Srivastava, People’s Union For Civil Libderties, Rajasthan, Shabnam Aziz and Sion of Action Aid, Reema of the Domestic Workers Union, Harkesh Bugalia, of the Rajasthan Nirman Mazdoor Sangathan, Sawai Singh of Rajasthan Samgra sewa sangh,. Hemlata of CFAR, RAshid from the Human Welfare Society.
Kavita Srivatava, on behalf of all the women’s groups