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A Women’s Charter for Delhi Elections: Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression

Great charter and great blog! My hope is for all of India to follow. All of humanity suffers when women suffer and are denied voice, rights, respect, freedom to dress without being accused of being ‘western’. Because when a little girl is raped, who was completely covered [in shalwar kameez etc] it is not a question of what she was wearing, it’s simply abuse and sexual violence for any age female. If respect is summoned, the other things like rights,equality in and out of job place will begin to fall in place.

Guest Post by Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression

The elections in Delhi are approaching.

Violence, as well as discrimination against women, and sheer denial of women’s dignity and rights, has been a huge concern for Delhi’s citizens.

This is the time when women are looking towards the political parties, to see what place women’s rights and freedoms have on their agenda.

We are disturbed to see that while most parties pay lip service to the cause of women’s rights, they blithely field candidates accused of violence against women, and they play to the patriarchal gallery on a range of issues, ignoring the voices of the women’s movement.

We, the undersigned would like to put the following concerns on the agenda of the Delhi elections, and we ask the political parties contesting Delhi elections to respond to them with urgency and seriousness. We appeal to all women voters to…

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