People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 48

December 02, 2007



Mass Organisations Hold Demo



Activists of AIDWA, SFI, and DYFI staging a protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi


THE All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and Student Federation of India (SFI) have condemned the public stripping, beating and near-lynching of a tribal woman in broad daylight in Guwahati during clashes that erupted between members of tea-tribes demanding ST status and members of the public. The only redeeming feature of this example of inhuman brutality was that some ordinary citizens rescued the woman and took her to safety.


They demanded that the government of Assam take stringent action against those responsible for the assault. They also demand the Tea Tribes be granted ST status which they have been most unfortunately denied for so many years.


The organisations also demanded that all steps be taken by the state government to help the victim overcome her trauma and any medical problems that she may now be facing.