(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 20, 2011
AIDWA Organises Convention
Against Communal Conflict
IN view of the increasing incidents of
communal conflict in
different states, the All India Democratic Women’s Association
has organised a
“Convention against Communal Conflict” on November 16, 2011 at
Speaker’s Hall, Constitution Club,
A delegation comprising Brinda Karat, AIDWA
Sundararaman, general secretary, Subhashini Ali, vice-president,
Farooqui, joint secretary and state leaders of AIDWA submitted a
these issues to R K Singh, home secretary, government of
· Uttar Pradesh: A 14 year old boy succumbed to his injuries from police bullets on October 19 but no cognizance of this has been taken. Two more adolescent boys have also been similarly injured but there has been no intervention by the state government. Additionally, nearly a dozen minor boys have been arrested in connection with the incidents of July 6. Despite the fact that their school certificates have been produced before the court, neither the administration nor the courts have accepted these. These children are not being tried in the juvenile court or being kept in the juvenile home as is required by law but are locked up in jail.
has been some intervention by the state government. However no action has
been taken against the
· Uttarakhand: Some compensation to the families of those killed has been paid. No action has been taken against the concerned police personnel.
These incidents show only too clearly that, most unfortunately, not only lower ranking police personnel but senior officers display a pronounced anti-minority bias. This is certainly an area that needs your urgent attention.
Convention against Communal Conflict expresses
concern about the number of incidents in several states
These incidents include:
· The police firing in Bharatpur district, Rajasthan where ten members of the minority community were shot dead by the police, many of them inside the Masjid where they had taken shelter. This was the result of a long-pending dispute on the issue of ownership of a graveyard which the administration had allowed to fester, encouraging communal elements;
police firing on villagers in Arraria district,
· The police firing on Muslim protesters in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand and the razing of minority-owned shops and property by communal fanatics;
police firing in
In all these incidents many innocent people were injured and property of the minority community destroyed.
This convention strongly condemns the communal bias of the police and administrations reflected in all these incidents.
This convention also condemns the refusal of state governments involved to take strong action against the officers responsible. Particularly in the case of Rajasthan, the Gehlot government did everything to protect the officers involved. Similarly, the Nitish Kumar government refused to take prompt action against those responsible for the barbaric firing and no compensation has been paid to the families of those killed. This convention demands justice for the victims. It demands exemplary punishment against the police officials responsible and full compensation to the victims.
This convention expresses its strong protest against the actions of the Gujarat government in threatening and intimidating those, including senior officers, who dare to expose the role of the chief minister and his government in the Gujarat genocide. Almost ten years after the genocide, a large number of victims are yet to get justice. Instead, activists fighting for peace and harmony are being targeted and harassed.
This convention demands justice for the Gujarat victims. It expresses its solidarity with those who are being threatened by the Modi government. It demands that the central government take action to protect witnesses who have given evidence against Modi and his government.
This convention demands a legislation against communal violence and for protection of secular principles and against attacks on minority rights.
This AIDWA convention pledges to uphold the principles and values of secularism. It pledges to defend the rights of minorities against attacks by communal forces including by administrations with a communal bias, regardless of the political party involved. It resolves to work for the unity of women and to mobilise women in the struggle against communal forces.