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Monday, December 31, 2012

Don't tell me her name

Published Below is the Poem Shared by Poetess Usha Kishore from Isle of Man

(For the anonymous Indian women,
whose defiled and burned bodies
form a daily news item in the media}

Don’t tell me her name.
Let me cry for her,
let me cry for me
for I am woman born.

Let me map
my plagued body
in bruises, in burns,
in the stench
of kerosene,
in the fumes
of poison,
in the agony
of a defiled soul.

Let me write my body,
drowned in milk; my body
plucked, torn asunder
from my mother’s womb,
gasping for breath;
my body, torn apart for sins
of womb and breast.

Let me write a glorious
Motherland, where
inglorious women writhe.
Do I weep for myself
for I am lost hope, beating
my weathered bosom
in the annals of history?

Or do I write myself
as Kali incarnate
trampling a nation’s shame?





Struggle to Make 2013 a Year 
For Freedom from Violence Against Women
For Women's Equality and Rights !

On the very eve of the New Year of 2013, the life of a young woman was brutally cut short. This young woman with her dreams of education, of a job, of love and happiness, lives on in all of us. Her courage and dignity inspire us to resist the terrible discrimination, bias, and violence that eats into the heart of our society, and to demand justice and freedom for every woman. It takes courage to confront the government, the police and other institutions and demand accountability. It perhaps takes even greater courage to face and fight the daily discrimination and shackles that are imposed on women in our own homes and communities. We hope that we will find that courage in the spirit of that nameless young woman who lives on in our hearts. 

We pledge to make 2013 a year of resistance to gender oppression, discrimination, and violence.
We pledge to support women's struggle in the home, in the community, on the streets, at the workplace and in public spaces for equality and rights. 
We pledge to speak out against gender bias and violence wherever we see it.

Reclaim Connaught Place to Ensure Women's Freedom

When space for women has been shrinking in Delhi through incidents of sexual violence and incidents of Rapes, its time that the Women assert themselves and Reclaim all the space in and outside Delhi. Let us start to reclaim unqualified right of women to be free of violence -
At Home, In the Streets, Day or Night, Irrespective of What They Wear or Do!
Connaught place is an area which becomes extremely unsafe for women on the last day of every year i.e. 31st.while male enjoy every right to celebrate, it becomes impossible for women to share the same space because of the open harassment by lumpens who 'enjoy' new year by abusing women.
In this regard we invite you all to make this new year a year free of gender violence. Let this new year be the year towards a gender just society. And we believe that this would be the best way to pay tribute to our beloved friend who laid down her life, in her battle against patriarchy.

Come with your protest songs, your poems, paintings, and etc.
Assemble at Central Park near to Rajiv Chowk Gate no 7 
Contact: Sandeep 09868033425, Sucheta (JNU) 09868383692
Farhan (Jamia) 9540124091, Sunny (DU) 09213974505

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Homage to the Delhi Gangrape Victim









Condolence Resolution

It's a Time for Grief, Mourning and For a Solemn Resolve - To Take the Struggle Forward for a World Where Women Can Have Freedom, Rights and Justice. 
Gather for a Condolence Meeting at 11am, Jantar Mantar.

Condolence Resolution

We condole the sad passing of the brave rape survivor of Delhi, who battled her assailants and her horrendous injuries with so much courage and endurance. We stand by her family in this time of unimaginable grief and mourning.

This is a time for mourning, for inner reflection, and also for a resolve to take the struggle forward for justice, rights, and freedom for women in our society. We all feel immense anger and outrage at the cruel way in which a young woman’s life was taken. It is important that the anger be directed at the root causes of violence against women in society, as well as at the system and institutions that fail to defend women’s right to freedom without fear.

As we approach a sad end to the year, full of grief and anger, let us resolve that the new year to come will be one where we resist discrimination and violence against women in every way – in our homes, on the streets and public spaces, in every institution. Let us declare zero tolerance for discrimination and violence against women, and vow to uproot patriarchal oppression from our society.

Let us unite to demand accountability from the government, police, judiciary. No longer will we tolerate the anti-women statements and policies from those in power. We demand justice, freedom and rights for women!

AIPWA, AISA, RYA, Jan Sanskriti Manch, 
and Many Other Common Students, Women and Men

Thursday, December 27, 2012

What Was She Wearing

I’m sick of the question – How was she dressed?
Show me the man slumped over the counter with a bullet in his head
Dressed like someone who deserves to be dead.
Tell me the 6 year old girl assaulted in church was asking for it.
Or the girl raped in gym class looked like a slut in those sweat pants.
What clothes – pulled from what rack
Will prevent an attack?
Tell me the store – and I’ll go back
And buy the right clothes this minute –
The outfit that prevents rape if you’re in it.
See I didn’t understand
I didn’t understand that I could buy a shirt that says ‘I deserve to be hurt’
I had no clue I could put on a shoe
That says do whatever you want to do to me
See, your needs come first
After all I am wearing a tight skirt
Instead of the assault-proof dress
And I notice that you have the fault-proof vest
So it’s my fault I guess
Apparently I didn’t say No as loud as my clothes could say Yes
See I didn’t know that my No wasn’t enough
I didn’t understand that my body became less precious
‘Cause certain dresses made me look hot
And I guess if I’m wearing the wrong top
Then my yes is the same as my ‘Stop’
And you shouldn’t have to, just because I begged you to
I’m begging you, tell me the magic outfit and I’ll buy it
Apparently my No wasn’t heard even when I screamed
So I need my clothes to be quiet.

By Steve Connell

Resist Sexual Violence, Assert Women’s Right to a Life Unfettered by Fear !

(The Editorial of the Forthcoming Issue of Liberation Monthly Magazine is Published Here)
A young woman in India’s capital New Delhi is battling for life, after being brutally gang-raped and tortured in a moving bus. Her male companion was beaten up, and both were flung on the streets. The incident has triggered an outpouring of anger all over the country, against violence on women, its perpetrators, the culture that justifies it, and the authorities who tolerate it and allow it to flourish. Protest demonstrations, small and big, spontaneous and organized, are being held all around. The road to India’s Presidential House (Rashtrapati Bhawan) has, as we go to press, become a battleground for gender justice, with thousands of ordinary people braving water cannons, tear gas and batons to protest the inaction against sexual violence. 

What is at the root of the alarming rise in gender violence and rape across the country? The answer requires that we take look within our society at the deep-seated misogyny, sexism, and hostility to women’s freedom. Why is it that women’s most basic freedoms and rights – to walk fearlessly on the street, take a bus or a train, go to school and college, go to work, wear clothes or choose friends or partners of one’s own choice – are all being met with a virulent backlash of patriarchal violence? There has been an alarming rise in sexual violence and barbaric killings which are misnamed ‘honour’ crimes. 

Violence against women has flourished in a society and state which systematically justifies this violence and accuses women of ‘provoking’ it – with their clothes, movement, choices. Police officers, judges, elected representatives – all are in the habit of blaming women for the violence they face! And now, the anger and outrage against a system which fails to punish rapists but hands out patriarchal dos and donts to women has spilled out on the streets. 

Incidents of rape in the country have increased by 791% since 1971: this, when only 50% of rapes are actually reported. But the conviction rates for rate dipped from 41% in 1971 to 27% in 2010. The low rates of conviction clearly point to shoddy and non-serious police investigation and collection of evidence; inordinate delays in prosecution and trial; and insensitivity of the police, judiciary, and the governments towards the needs of the rape survivor. 

The outpouring of people from all walks of life is demanding swift and sure punishment for all rapists, and safety in public and private spaces alike, as a basic right for women. This public determination to resist gender inequality and violence is itself the best antidote to the patriarchal attitudes that breed violence against women. 

Across the political spectrum, ruling class parties have proven to be alike in their attitude to sexual violence and women’s rights. BJP leaders are eloquent when they accuse the Congress for the growing rape graph in Delhi. But the BJP’s own attitude to women is most regressive. In BJP-ruled Karnataka, saffron mobs patronized by the Government go around attacking women who visit pubs or restaurants, wear jeans, or even have male classmates and friends at college. A woman BJP leader declared that she would ‘shoot a rapist in the head’ with no care for the law. But in NDA-ruled Bihar, when schoolteacher Rupam Pathak fought back against a BJP MLA whom she had accused of raping her, the BJP leaders and the Government came together to vilify her. Today, her complaint of rape is yet to be investigated while she has been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. 

We know now that the woman struggling to survive her brutal rape was attacked to ‘teach her a lesson’ for daring to boldly resist sexual harassment. Sexual violence is nothing but a patriarchal attempt to ‘teach women a lesson’ for daring to assert their right to equality, freedom, and dignity. 

The courage of the rape survivor, and her will to resist and fight rape, has moved thousands of people to come on the streets to call for an end to sexual violence. Saluting her courage, we must struggle for sternest punishment for the rapists. We must also call for a variety of concrete measures to make justice the norm rather than the exception in cases of sexual violence. Violence against women is the norm, not the aberration, in patriarchal society. Resisting gender violence calls for resisting patriarchy – and asserting women’s right to lead a life unfettered by fear or by patriarchal regulations.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Delhi Protests

Saluting the Power of Protest in the Indian State’s ‘Rape Capital’
Editorial by Dipankar Bhattacharya, CPIML Gen Secy, for ML Update Weekly News Magazine

If the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year old paramedical student in a moving Delhi bus on the night of 16 December had shocked the entire country, the unprecedented protests that have erupted since then, most prominently in Delhi itself, have come as a most encouraging sign of a growing democratic awakening and assertion in the country. The year 2012 could not possibly end on a more rousing note. Never before did Delhi, or for that matter any other Indian metropolis, see a protest of this magnitude and intensity on an issue of gender violence. The protests have been remarkable for the scale and range of popular participation - mostly spontaneous but also unmistakably aided and encouraged by the spirited participation of organised progressive groups of students, women and workers - as well as for the bold display of courage and determination in the face of water cannons, tear-gas shells, repeated raining of lathis, and above all, the monumental apathy and arrogance of the rulers. 

The protests were necessary for the most deeply felt collective anger that was voiced so powerfully and creatively. More than the demands raised or ideas mooted to combat the ugly patriarchal evil of rape, the very fact that thousands came out to protest and demand justice was itself the biggest deterrent that can ever be thought of against sexual violence. The ideas voiced were no less urgent – the calls for fast-track courts to ensure speedy trial of rape cases and delivery of justice, or a special session of Parliament to discuss and fight the shame of sexual violence faced by Indian women in their domestic domain as well as public realm, are all immensely important. 

The protests have clearly been a huge boost to the confidence of the people and certainly a great inspiration for every kind of progressive political imagination. Many fetters on free assembly of people that had been systematically enforced over the last two decades of neo-liberal governance were broken in just two days of spirited and courageous mass protests on December 22-23. November 25, 1992 was the last occasion when the Boat Club lawns had witnessed a massive public protest – it was the first powerful and united rally of Left-led trade unions against the assault of the policies of liberalisation and privatisation – before a ban was announced declaring that area out of bounds for people’s protests. After two decades of insulation from public assembly, the Raj Path – the road that runs from the India Gate to the Rashtrapati Bhawan – regained its lost glory by emerging as the key battleground for justice and democracy. 

Faced with a mass protest of this magnitude, the least that any responsive elected government must do is to reach out to the protestors, listen to their voice and provide a responsible answer. But on December 22-23, the whole world saw how miserably the much-touted largest democracy of the world lacked this basic spirit of democratic governance. Neither the leaders of the government nor the leaders of the ruling party had the decency or courage to come and face the protesting people. The Delhi Chief Minister, the only woman chief minister in the country to have been re-elected three times in a row, tells a TV interviewer that she lacked the courage to even see the victim who was battling for her life. The Prime Minister belatedly delivers a most unconvincing televised address that fails to answer the fundamental issues or inspire any confidence in the people. 

And the Home Minister drops chilling hints of more repression to come in a most casual manner in a TV interview, questioning the protestors’ right and defending the government’s indefensible attitude. According to the Home Minister, the protestors had no reason or right to continue with the protests when ‘Soniaji’ had already met a delegation! What monumental audacity and shameless sycophancy on the part of the person who is supposedly in charge of the home affairs of the country! Sonia Gandhi’s meeting with the so-called ‘delegation’ remains entirely shrouded in mystery – the thousands of people protesting in the face of water cannons in a chilly December afternoon had no idea about the credentials of the delegation and whatever transpired in its secret meeting with the Congress president. How on earth could the Home Minister expect the protests to end simply because a chosen few had the privilege of meeting the Congress chief! 

When asked why no responsible senior functionary of the government met the protestors, the Home Minister had the cheek to say that no government could afford to set such a dangerous precedent. And then he adduced the most chilling logic – ‘if we go and talk to these people today, tomorrow when hundred adivasis are killed in Maharashtra or Chhattisgarh, we will be expected to go there’! Here is the most candid confession from the horse’s mouth of how brutal repression of the poor and marginalised is treated as a taken-for-granted fact of everyday life by the state, and any form of accountability for state atrocities in such contexts is dismissed as ridiculous, even as every single mass protest is increasingly viewed by the government through the dangerous lens of Operation Greenhunt. 

Some commentators have asked why issues of sexual violence in rural India or anywhere beyond Delhi where rape is used as a weapon of feudal oppression, communal violence or state repression do not get the kind of ‘middle class’ attention that this particular case has attracted. Well, there is always the proverbial last straw on the camel’s back or the last nail in a coffin. It is wrong to presume that the people outraged by this specific incident have all been blind to other cases of sexual violence. Mass protests in the capital of India have already come a long way from the candle-light vigils triggered by the murder of Jessica Lal to the street battles with the police on the issue of brutal gang-rape of an unknown 23-year-old student. It will be the height of intellectual arrogance and sheer snobbery and sterile political pedantry to dismiss or devalue the protests as concerns of an isolated urban middle class and try and pit them against issues of caste oppression, communal violence or state repression. 

The need of the hour is not to pit one case of sexual violence against another, but to see and show the hidden links and work for an unstoppable and comprehensive democratic awakening. The rulers are already revealing the links – we must grasp them and storm all bastions of oppression and win every battle for democracy. The protests of December 2012 have already provided a great spark that the cause of genuine freedom and democracy needs at this hour of all-round crisis and concerted state-corporate, feudal-communal and patriarchal assault on the dignity, livelihood and democratic rights of large sections of the Indian people. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Statement by Women's and Progressive Groups and Individuals
Condemning Sexual Violence and Opposing Death Penalty

On 16 December, 2012, a 23-year old woman and her friend hailed a bus at a crossing in South Delhi. In the bus, they were both brutally attacked by a group of men who claimed to be out on a ‘joy-ride’. The woman was gang raped and the man beaten up; after several hours, they were both stripped and dumped on the road. While the young woman is still in hospital, bravely battling for her life, her friend has been discharged and is helping identify the men responsible for the heinous crime.

We, the undersigned, women’s, students’ and progressive groups and concerned citizens from around the country, are outraged at this incident and, in very strong terms, condemn her gang rape and the physical and sexual assault.

As our protests spill over to the streets all across the country, our demands for justice are strengthened by knowing that there are countless others who share this anger. We assert that rape and other forms of sexual violence are not just a women's issue, but a political one that should concern every citizen. We strongly demand that justice is done in this and all other cases and the perpetrators are punished.

This incident is not an isolated one; sexual assault occurs with frightening regularity in this country. Adivasi and dalit women and those working in the unorganised sector, women with disabilities, hijras, kothis, trans people and sex workers are especially targeted with impunity - it is well known that the complaints of sexual assault they file are simply disregarded. We urge that the wheels of justice turn not only to incidents such as the Delhi bus case, but to the epidemic of sexual violence that threatens all of us. We need to evolve punishments that act as true deterrents to the very large number of men who commit these crimes. Our stance is not anti-punishment but against the State executing the death penalty. The fact that cases of rape have a conviction rate of as low as 26% shows that perpetrators of sexual violence enjoy a high degree of impunity, including being freed of charges. 

Silent witnesses to everyday forms of sexual assault such as leering, groping, passing comments, stalking and whistling are equally responsible for rape being embedded in our culture and hence being so prevalent today. We, therefore, also condemn the culture of silence and tolerance for sexual assault and the culture of valorising this kind of violence.
In Jantar Mantar on Dec 24 Night
We also reject voices that are ready to imprison and control women and girls under the garb of ‘safety’, instead of ensuring their freedom as equal participants in society and their right to a life free of perpetual threats of sexual assault, both inside and outside their homes.

In cases (like this) which have lead to a huge public outcry all across the country, and where the perpetrators have been caught, we hope that justice will be speedily served and they will be convicted for the ghastly acts that they have committed. However, our vision of this justice does not include death penalty, which is neither a deterrent nor an effective or ethical response to these acts of sexual violence. We are opposed to it for the following reasons:

We recognise that every human being has a right to life. Our rage cannot give way to what are, in no uncertain terms, new cycles of violence. We refuse to deem ‘legitimate’ any act of violence that would give the State the right to take life in our names. Justice meted by the State cannot bypass complex socio-political questions of violence against women by punishing rapists by death. Death penalty is often used to distract attention away from the real issue – it changes nothing but becomes a tool in the hands of the State to further exert its power over its citizens. A huge set of changes are required in the system to end the widespread and daily culture of rape.

There is no evidence to suggest that the death penalty acts as a deterrent to rape. Available data shows that there is a low rate of conviction in rape cases and a strong possibility that the death penalty would lower this conviction rate even further as it is awarded only under the ‘rarest of rare’ circumstances. The most important factor that can act as a deterrent is the certainty of punishment, rather than the severity of its form.

As seen in countries like the US, men from minority communities make up a disproportionate number of death row inmates. In the context of India, a review of crimes that warrant capital punishment reveals the discriminatory way in which such laws are selectively and arbitrarily applied to disadvantaged communities, religious and ethnic minorities. This is a real and major concern, as the possibility of differential consequences for the same crime is injustice in itself.

The logic of awarding death penalty to rapists is based on the belief that rape is a fate worse than death. Patriarchal notions of ‘honour’ lead us to believe that rape is the worst thing that can happen to a woman. There is a need to strongly challenge this stereotype of the ‘destroyed’ woman who loses her honour and who has no place in society after she’s been sexually assaulted. We believe that rape is tool of patriarchy, an act of violence, and has nothing to do with morality, character or behaviour.

An overwhelming number of women are sexually assaulted by people known to them, and often include near or distant family, friends and partners. Who will be able to face the psychological and social trauma of having reported against their own relatives? Would marital rape (currently not recognised by law), even conceptually, ever be looked at through the same retributive prism?

The State often reserves for itself the ‘right to kill’ -- through the armed forces, the paramilitary and the police. We cannot forget the torture, rape and murder of Thangjam Manorama by the Assam Rifles in Manipur in 2004 or the abduction, gang rape and murder of Neelofar and Aasiya of Shopian (Kashmir) in 2009. Giving more powers to the State, whether arming the police and giving them the right to shoot at sight or awarding capital punishment, is not a viable solution to lessen the incidence of crime.

Furthermore, with death penalty at stake, the ‘guardians of the law’ will make sure that no complaints against them get registered and they will go to any length to make sure that justice does not see the light of day. The ordeal of Soni Sori, who had been tortured in police custody last year, still continues her fight from inside a prison in Chattisgarh, in spite of widespread publicity around her torture.

As we know, in cases of sexual assault where the perpetrator is in a position of power (such as in cases of custodial rape or caste and religion violence), conviction is notoriously difficult. The death penalty, for reasons that have already been mentioned, would make conviction next to impossible.

We, the undersigned, demand the following:

Greater dignity, equality, autonomy and rights for women and girls from a society that should stop questioning and policing their actions at every step.

Immediate relief in terms of legal, medical, financial and psychological assistance and long-term rehabilitation measures must be provided to survivors of sexual assault.

Provision of improved infrastructure to make cities safer for women, including well-lit pavements and bus stops, help lines and emergency services.

Effective registration, monitoring and regulation of transport services (whether public, private or contractual) to make them safe, accessible and available to all.

Compulsory courses within the training curriculum on gender sensitisation for all personnel employed and engaged by the State in its various institutions, including the police.

That the police do its duty to ensure that public spaces are free from harassment, molestation and assault. This means that they themselves have to stop sexually assaulting women who come to make complaints. They have to register all FIRs and attend to complaints. CCTV cameras should be set up in all police stations and swift action must be taken against errant police personnel.

Immediate setting up of fast track courts for rape and other forms of sexual violence all across the country. State governments should operationalise their creation on a priority basis. Sentencing should be done within a period of six months. 

The National Commission for Women has time and again proved itself to be an institution that works against the interests of women. NCW’s inability to fulfill its mandate of addressing issues of violence against women, the problematic nature of the statements made by the Chairperson and its sheer inertia in many serious situations warrants that the NCW role be reviewed and audited as soon as possible.

The State acknowledges the reality of custodial violence against women in many parts of the country, especially in Kashmir, North-East and Chhattisgarh. There are several pending cases and immediate action should be taken by the government to punish the guilty and to ensure that these incidents of violence are not allowed to be repeated.

Regarding the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2012, women’s groups have already submitted detailed recommendations to the Home Ministry. We strongly underline that the Bill must not be passed in its current form because of its many serious loopholes and lacuna. Some points:

There has been no amendment to the flawed definition of consent under Sec 375IPC and this has worked against the interest of justice for women.

The formulation of the crime of sexual assault as gender neutral makes the identity of the perpetrator/accused also gender neutral. We demand that the definition of perpetrator be gender-specific and limited to men. Sexual violence also targets transgender people and legal reform must address this.

In its current form, the Bill does not recognise the structural and graded nature of sexual assault, based on concepts of hurt, harm, injury, humiliation and degradation. The Bill also does not use well-established categories of sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault and sexual offences.

It does not mention sexual assault by security forces as a specific category of aggravated sexual assault. We strongly recommend the inclusion of perpetration of sexual assault by security forces under Sec 376(2).

Date: 23/12/2012
Endorsed by Many Women's Groups and Individuals:
Kavita, Krishnan, All India Progressive Women's Association

Monday, December 24, 2012

एपवा का 'दिल्ली सामूहिक बलात्कार' की घटना के खिलाफ प्रदर्शन

दिल्ली में हुई सामूहिक बलात्कार की बर्बर घटना के बाद पूरा देश आंदोलित है. एपवा, आइसा और इंनौस ने बढ़ती महिला विरोधी हिंसा के खिलाफ अलग-अलग शहरों में प्रदर्शनों का सिलसिला जारी रखा है.


सिर्फ सम्मान ही नहीं बराबरी भी देनी होगी -

दिल्ली में चलती बस में हुई गैंगरेप की घटना के साथ साथ देशभर में असुरक्षित होती महिलाओं को सुरक्षा देने और बलात्कारियों को सख्त से सख्त सजा देने की मांग करते हुए 21 दिसंबर को रांची में ऐपवा और आईसा ने संयुक्त रूप से प्रतिवाद मार्च निकाला और लचर होती कानून व्यवस्था एवम् अक्षम होती दिल्ली एवम् केंद्र सरकार के खिलाफ विरोध प्रदर्षन किया। भकपा माले कार्यालय से निकला जो शहीद चैक से होते हुए एलबर्ट एक्का चैक तक पहुंचा। पार्टी कार्यालय से निकलने के साथ ही हमारे इस विरोध प्रदर्षन का हिस्सा आम जनता भी बनने लगी तो वहीं आस पास से गुजरते कालेज के छात्र छात्राओं ने भी हमारे साथ अपना विरोध दर्ज कराया। रांची की जानी मानी मनोविज्ञान की प्रोफेसर और नारी संवाद संगठन से जुड़ी रेणु दिवान भी ऐपवा और आईसा के इस संयुक्त विरोध प्रदर्शन में शामिल हुईं।

ठीक इसके अगले दिन यानी 22 दिसंबर को एक बार फिर ऐपवा आईसा जसम संयुक्त रूप से सड़क पर उतरी कारण जो पूरे देश ने देखा कि किस तरह शीला दीक्षित सरकार द्वारा न्याय की मांग करने वालों पर दमनात्मक कार्रवाई की गई। छात्र छात्राओं पर न केवल पानी की बौंछार ही की गई बल्कि लाठियां भी बरसाईं गईं जिस कारण कई प्रदर्शनकारियों को चोंटे भी आईं। और इस बार हमारे इस विरोध का हिस्सा वरिष्ठ अर्थशास्त्री प्रोफेसर रमेश शरण और प्रगतिशील लेखक संघ से जुड़े प्रोफेसर मिथिलेश भी बने और दिल्ली सरकार की इस दमनात्क कार्रवाई की कठोर शब्दों में निंदा की। विरोध प्रदर्षन के साथ साथ यूपीए सरकार का पुतला भी जलाया गया। 21 दिसंबर को हुए प्रतिवार्द मार्च का नेतृत्व जहां ऐपवा की सुनीता, गुनी उरांव सरोजिनी बिष्ट सिनगी खलखों और सोनी तिरिया ने किया वहीं आईसा की श्वेता, सुशीला, खुशबू और प्रिया ने भी नेतृत्व किया। तो वहीं अगले दिन यानी 22 दिसंबर को जसम के राज्य सचिव कामरेड अनिल अंशुमन और झारखंड जनरल मजदूर निर्माण संगठन के रांची जिला सचिव कामरेड सुदामा खलखों ने भी विरोध प्रदर्षन में अपनी अपस्थिति दर्ज करवाई।

21 दिसंबर को जब ऐपवा और आइसा सड़क पर उतरी तो यह आक्रोश केवल केंद्र या दिल्ली सरकार के खिलाफ ही नहीं था बल्कि जिस तरह से झारखंड और खासकर रांची जिला शोहदों और बलात्कारियों का अड्डा बनता जा रहा है और सरकार से लेकर पुलिस प्रशासन मौन बूत बने बैठे हैं उसने महिलाओं और किशोरियों की सुरक्षा पर सवालियां निशान लगा दिया है। जिस दिन दिल्ली में गैंगरेप की दिल दहला देने वाली घटना घटी ठीक उसके कुछ दिन पहले ही रांची से सटे पतरातू के जंगल में एक किषोरी की लाष मिली जो अर्धनग्न अवस्था में थी । पोस्टमार्टम रिपोर्ट से युवती के साथ सामूहिक बलात्कार होने की पुष्टि हुए। जब घटना का सच सामने आया तो पता चला कि दुष्कर्मियों में उसका अपना मामा भी शामिल था जिसने अपनी भांजी का न केवल बलात्कार करवाया बल्कि खुद भी इस जघन्य अपराध में शामिल था। उस युवती का बस इतना ही कसूर था कि वह उस युवक से विवाह करना चाहती थी जिससे वह प्रेम करती थी अभी इस जघन्य अपराध का षोर थमा भी नहीं था कि 14 दिसंबर को रांची की एक छात्रा ने आत्महत्या कर ली। मृतका पिछले कई दिनों से शोहदों की छेड़खानी का शिकार थी जब शोहदों द्वारा छेड़खानी का मामला बढ़ता ही चला गया और पीडि़ता की कहीं सुनवाई नहीं हुई तो अंततः उसने आत्महत्या कर ली हालांकि इस घटना ने तो इस घटना के अगले दिन 15 दिसंबर को रांची की ही एक ओर यौन शोषण से पीडित बेटी ने आत्महत्या कर ली तो वहीं झारखंड के ही गिद्दी की एक दस साल की छात्रा के साथ उसी की स्कूल में गैंगरेप हुआ। दुष्कर्मियों ने बच्ची की आंख पर पट्टी बांधकर उसका बलात्कार किया। और 16 दिसंबर को देश की राजधानी दिल्ली में जो कुछ हुआ उस घटना का साक्षी तो पूरा देश बना ही।

1- न केवल राजधानी दिल्ली बल्कि देश के हर राज्य में स्त्री समाज के खिलाफ बढ़ती छेड़छाड़, 
बलात्कार, यौन अपराध के मामलों में होती बेताहाशा वृद्धि पर अब रोक लगानी ही होगी।
2- सम्मान ही नहीं बराबरी का दर्जा देना ही होगा।
3- हम महिलाएं उपभोग की वस्तु नहीं -हमें भी इंसान समझना होगा।
4- दिल्ली गैंगरेप की षिकार लड़की को न्याय देना ही होगा ।
5- महिलाओं के खिलाफ भद्दी टिप्पणी करने वाले भी बलात्कारी से कम नहीं ।
6- न्याय की मांग करने वालों पर दमन क्यों दिल्ली सरकार जवाब दो ।
7- इंसाफ की आवाज नहीं दबेगी नहीं थमेगी नहीं रूकेगी ।
आदि इन्ही नारों के साथ ऐपवा आइसा जसम ने अपना प्रतिवाद मार्च निकाला और विरोध दर्ज किया।
-सरोजिनी बिष्ट, रांची