Narendra Modi’s government fails to act on rape

Apr 18th, 2018 | Category: Articles

The media must question Modi about the involvement of his party members in these atrocities, write signatories including Meena Kandasamy, Sarah Green and Pragna Patel

In the context of Indian PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK, we are deeply shocked at the gut-wrenching violence against women and children in India being defended by politicians of Modi’s ruling Hindu rightwing party, the BJP.

Hindu extremists, or their associates, stand implicated in rape and murder while some BJP leaders actively mobilise to defend them and undermine the rule of law (Reports, 12 April and 17 April).

In Kathua, in Jammu and Kashmir state, eight-year old Asifa was horrifically gang raped and murdered in a Hindu temple by a group of men, in order to terrorise the nomadic Muslim Bakarwal community she belonged to. There followed violent protests in defence of the accused by a pro-Modi Hindu rightwing outfit the Hindu Ekta Manch. At least two BJP ministers took part in these protests. In Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, ruled by the BJP’s notorious hate preacher Yogi Adityanath, a 16-year-old girl was raped. When her family protested after almost a year of inaction by the police, her father was brutally assaulted by Sengar’s [one of the suspect’s] supporters, arrested on a false case and died in police custody.

Narendra Modi’s long silence was only broken on 13 April in the face of mass protests in Delhi. He promised justice to “daughters” but refused to utter the word “rape” let alone recognise the role of his own party supporters in perpetrating and celebrating such horrors. The media must question Modi about the involvement of his party members in these atrocities and his government’s effective sanctioning of rapes, attacks on minorities and lawlessness.

  • Sarah Green Co-director, End Violence Against Women Coalition
  • Vivienne Hayes CEO Women’s Resource Centre
  • Marai Larasi Director, Imkaan
  • Anber Raz Co-chair Imkaan
  • Gurpreet Virdee Director, Women and Girls Network
  • Camille Kumar Women’s and Girls Network, Rape Crisis Centre West London
  • Baljit Banga Director, London Black Women’s Project
  • Anjum Mouj Chair, London Black Women’s Project
  • Pragna Patel Director Southall Black Sisters
  • Sabrina Qureshi Million Women Rise Movement
  • Sarbjit Johal Freedom Without Fear Platform
  • Rachel Moran Executive director SPACE International
  • Nirmala Rajasingam South Asia Solidarity Group
  • Taranjit Chana GMB Union Race
  • Dipti Morjharia London Black Women’s Project
  • Yasmin Rehman Feminist and human rights activist
  • Meena Kandasamy Novelist and activist
  • Tabitha Benjamin Singer- songwriter
  • Amrit Wilson Writer and activist
  • Rahila Gupta Journalist and activist
  • Rosie Woods Harrow Momentum
  • Jaiti Sharma Harrow Labour party
  • Priya Sharma Harrow Labour party
  • Professor Shirin M Rai University of Warwick
  • Professor Avtar Brah Birkbeck, University of London
  • Professor Nira Yuval Davis University of East London
  • Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya University of East London
  • Dr Kalpana Wilson Birkbeck University of London
  • Dr Shakuntala Banaji London School of Economics
  • Dr Meena Dhanda University of Wolverhampton
  • Dr Sumi Madhok London School of Economics
  • Dr Anandi Ramamurthy Sheffield Hallam University
  • Dr Goldie Osuri University of Warwick
  • Dr Rashmi Varma University of Warwick
  • Dr Alessandra Mezzadri Soas, University of London
  • Professor S. Sayyid University of Leeds
  • Dr Navtej Purewal Soas, University of London
  • Dr Feyzi Ismail Soas, University of London
  • Dr Rinella Cere Sheffield Hallam University
  • Dr Katy Sian University of York
  • Dr Marsha Henry London School of Economics
  • Dr Sukhwant Dhaliwal London Metropolitan University
  • Dr. Ravi K. Thiara University of Warwick
  • Dr. Fiona Vera-Gray University of Durham
  • Dr Josie Phillips University of Durham
  • Dr Penny Vera-Sanso Birkbeck, University of London
  • Dr Deepta Chopra Institute of Development Studies
  • Dr Jennifer Ung Loh Independent scholar
  • Dr Joanna Lovett London Metropolitan University
  • Dr Churnjeet Mahn University of Strathclyde
  • Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Dr Gail Lewis, Birkbeck University of London
  • Dr Iona Szeman University of Roehampton
  • Dr Nisha Kapoor University of York
  • Dr Bethan Harries University of Manchester

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