Countrywide Protest against the atrocities on Dalits, Women and socially backward sections on 13 October 2020

The increase in atrocities against marginalized sections of society, gang rapes and mob lynching are integrally linked to the Government project of marginalization of dalits and oppressed sections under the crisis-ridden neoliberal order. The reverse land reforms and privatization and continuing all round loss of jobs and livelihoods especially under the BJP ruled states in the recent period and the increased assertion and struggles of the oppressed sections for their rights has made the ruling classes, with the help of caste Hindutva forces consolidate the landlord rural rich nexus which serves the corporates. Under neoliberal hindutva regime, the exploitation of the working people and the oppression of any assertion will manifest as caste/gender oppression in our country especially in the countryside. It is of utmost importance that we take up every such issue of caste/gender oppression as an integral part of our joint struggle against the neoliberal policies and the capitalist landlord classes.

The Constitutional rights of the Dalits are being violated by the Ruling party. The Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 was not fully implemented by the earlier Governments but BJP government is not only diluting it but is patronizing the criminals which is leading to the increasing number of attacks on against Dalits.

The heinous gang rape and murder of the 19-year-oldDalit girl by landlord, upper caste men in Hathras, UP is the highest form of the violence, which had shaken the entire country. People are out on streets against this crime and the way the BJP Government of UP shamelessly protects the perpetrators and tamper with evidences and openly supporting the threatening and terrorising activities of landlord groups against the poor agricultural labour family of the victim.  A delegation of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), All India Agricultural Workers Union (AIAWU) and All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) visited Gulgarhi village in Hathras, UP on 4 October 2020 and extended all support and solidarity to the family of the victim.

A grave situation is prevailing in the country with increasing brutalities against dalits and other oppressed sections of the society especially against dalit women under the BJP rule. In Uttar Pradesh it is a total Criminal Raj under the RSS led Yogi Government which is making UP as a laboratory of Upper caste landlord dominance terrorizing the dalits as well as any dissenting voice, the best example being the Unnao case. There have been spontaneous protests all over the country by all democratic sections of the society. Many of our units have organized protests against Hathras rape and murder case in most of the states in numerous locations. As part of the continuous struggles against these oppressions a joint meeting of CITU, AIKS and AIAWU decided to take up massive campaign and nationwide protest against the atrocities on Dalits, Women and socially backward sections on 13 October 2020.

We Demand

  1. Time bound effective enquiry of Hathras case under supervision of Supreme Court
  2. Strict punishment to the police officers and other officials who had derelict their duty
  3. Ensure safety to the family of the girl
  4. Justice to the victims of all such cases including Unnao, Balrampur and other places
  5. Ensure implementation of Justice Verma Committee recommendations
  6. Land and housing to the landless
  7. Ensure jobs and minimum wages to all
  8. Strict implementation of laws on reservation, on atrocities against dalits and violence against women

Units of CITU, AIKS and AIAWU will organize joint protests local/workplace/village levels on the day.

Issued by                                                                                          

Hannan Mollah                         B Venkat                                  Tapan Sen 
General Secretary             General Secretary                       General Secretary
    AIKS                                    AIAWU                                            CITU

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