(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
January 13, 2013
AIDWA Condemns BJP, RSS Leaders’ Utterances
THE All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) is deeply shocked by the series of atrocious statements being made by BJP leaders, who are justifying sexual crimes against women by blaming them for becoming victims of assault, rather than focusing on the perpetrators!
In a statement
The AIDWA was also shocked to learn that Ms Vibha Rao, chairperson of the State Women’s Commission of Chhattisgarh and a prominent BJP leader, has displayed a similar insensitivity and lack of understanding by reportedly remarking that wrong signals are being sent by women through their dress and behaviour. Her attitude to victims of rape in tribal areas is derogatory and insulting to tribal women, whom she accuses of indulging in consensual sex, and then complaining to the police if the couple gets separated. To place such individuals at the head of an institution that is meant to ensure equal rights of women is a grave injustice, the AIDWA said, demanding her dismissal.
Earlier on January
4, the AIDWA had
condemned the statement made by RSS supreme, Mohan Bhagwat,
reported in some
leading newspapers on the day that rape is prevalent mainly
in cities where
Indians are deeply influenced by western values, and not in
The AIDWA condemned the attempt to trivialise the horrendous degree of suffering, especially of the poor, tribal, dalit, landless sections who have been victims of repeated onslaughts by the elite and powerful sections of feudal society. Such statements are an added injustice to women who have already been denied their rights and dignity.
The AIDWA said the BJP leaders’ statements represent an added injustice to women who have already been denied their rights and dignity, adding that their attempt to drive a wedge in the popular protest in support of women’s entitlement to a violence free life could not be tolerated. The AIDWA asserted that the India versus Bharat divide, as propounded by the RSS and repeated by Shri Bhagwat, would be rebutted by the united voice of the Indian people who have risen up in protest against sexual violence and attacks on women in our country.