In the wake of the recent rape incidents in Bangalore and the protests that have followed, New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) participated in a protest against the rape of a 22 year old women in a car and the police inaction. The first part of these video series includes interview clips of women activists from the protest itself. In the second part, Jagadish G Chandra (New Socialist Alternative CWI-India) speaks on the issue of sexual violence against women in the light of the recent incidents in Bangalore.
A statement, ‘Our movement must be a safe place for women’, by two UNISON activists, Marsha-Jane Thompson and Cath Elliot, has been posted online and has received the support of trade union activists, including leading figures.
This is no surprise. The statement outlines a number of general points that all good trade union activists should support.
A Delhi fast track Court has satisfied ‘the collective consciousness of the Indian society’ by granting death sentence to the four accused in the infamous Delhi gang rape case that roused huge protests through out the country. All the political parties have welcomed the judgment. ‘Justice is done’ howls the media all over as they move on to search for the next ‘interesting story’.
Last December, many ordinary Indians were shocked by the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old student in a moving bus in Delhi. This incident immediately sparked off protests across the country and solidarity protests across the globe. The protests was not just about this one incident, but built up of anger against rape and violence against women that has become so commonplace in India today. In response to these protests, the government was forced to make changes to the existing laws against sexual assault and violence against women, which were totally inadequate to begin with and reflected the feudal patriarchal mentality of the Indian ruling class.
On 8th March 1857 thousands of women working in Garments and textile factories in New York hit the street demanding 12 hour work hours, suffrage, rights of women and children and against oppression of working women. Police acted brutally to break the strike injuring many women. Inspired by this historic struggle by women 8th March was declared as women’s day. In 1910 an International Women’s conference was organized to precede the socialist Second International in Copenhagen. In this meeting German socialist Luise Zeitz and Communist leader Clara Zetkin proposed establishing 8th March as International Women’s day. The day was to mark the struggle of women for equality. Subsequently the day is widely celebrate all over the world as ‘International Women’s day’