Civil Society Condemns Dimapur Lynching,Protest on 14th March in Delhi

Join the Protest orgainsed by JTSA, JSSF and ANHAD, 14th March, 11:30 AM  

We strongly condemn the Nagaland lynching, where a mob broke into the Dimapur Jail, dragged a rape accused out, stripped him naked and lynched him to death. What is further disturbing is how the lynching has been justified by a section of the media and state administration by branding the victim an ‘’illegal Bangladeshi immigrant’’ (or ‘IBI’, as is used in Nagaland to often ‘otherise’ Bengali-speaking Muslims). This incident has also brought to the fore the total apathy and failure of the state machinery in the region.

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We believe that the Nagaland lynching episode has more to do with patriarchal power than gender justice. It goes on to reaffirm the deeply held patriarchal notion that women are the property of a community and it is for the men to ‘safeguard’ their property. The fact that the Naga accomplice of the rape accused wasn’t harmed by the mob only shows that the real threat to the community wasn’t the alleged rape as much as it was the ‘’audacity’’ of the ‘’Bangladeshi’’ other to have laid a claim on the body of a Naga woman. This is nothing but a disservice to the rape complainant.

We also wish to point out the negative impact this incident could have at many levels, including increased communal-ethnic tension and hatred towards the Muslim minorities of the region, who are more than often profiled as Bangladeshi immigrants. An incident like this goes way beyond to stigmatize minorities within minorities in the country and further paves the ground for the already prevailing violence against them. As advocates for gender equality and sexuality rights, we strongly condemn such violence that pushes the agenda of human rights and gender justice into a misguided cycle of violence, incapable of producing justice as it is desired.

It is indeed sad to see the callous and insensible reporting that adds on to these instances of heightened tension and chaos in times of conflict. Rape and gender violence is systemic in nature and one needs to understand the underlying nuances instead of looking into the same in isolation.

Signatories:

Rafiul Alom Rahman, Gender rights activist, Delhi

Minakshi Bujarbaruah, Gender rights Activist, Guwahati

Bitopi Dutta, Gender rights Activist,Guwahati

Parvin Sultana, Assistant Professor, Goalpara College

Kavita Krishnan, AIPWA

Lesley Esteves, Queer activist, Delhi

Mohnish Malhotra, LGBT activist, Delhi

Ayesha Kidwai, Professor, JNU

Dr. John Dayal, Civil Rights Activist, Delhi

Maisnam Arnapal, Academic, Delhi University

LABIA (queer group), Mumbai

Dhamini Ratnam, Journalist

Harish Iyer, Gay Rights Activist, Mumbai

Irene Dhar Malik, Filmmaker
Gowhai Fazili, Research Scholar JNU

Shambhavi Saxena, JNU
Gnanam Mohan
Rajesh Umadevi for Sangama
Waliullah Laskar, Human Rights Lawyer, Silchar
Swar Thounaojam, Theatre personality, Bangalore
Richard Kamei, M Phill Scholar,TISS Mumbai
Shambhavi, JNU
N Jaysamam, Journalist,Bangalore
Kirti Verma, Delhi
Devangana Kalita, JNU
Sravasti Datta
Usha Saxena, Activist and Refugee Desk, Co ordinator of The Other Media, India
Akhil Kumar, Senior Editor, Youth ki Awaaz
Aby Ayman
Ayesha Kidwai, JNU
Nasim Sarkar

Virgiana Brown, Independent Marxist Feminist Activist. Western Australlia
Ashley Tellis
M.Mohammed Sherbudin
Priya Jadav, Assistant Professor, IIT Bombay
Amaid Abbasi
Tasneem Abbasi
Venogopal K M
Jamal Kidwai, Delhi

Prof. Sohini Ghosh, Jamia
G Arunima, Associate Professor, Women’s Studies, JNU
Shruti Nafagonda
Suma Josson, Film maker, Mumbai
Aban Raza
Shambhavi Vikram, Delhi
Sweta Goswami , Director, Nirmal Initiative, Swami Ganeshanand Smiti Niddhi
Nalini Nayak
Asmita Chaudhuri, Project Fellow, Jadavpur University
Dilip Dave

Xukia Guwahati

Saheli Women

Chandra Moulee

Deepan Kannan, Delhi

Shubh Dutta

Debika Chakravarty

Prince H. Dihingia, Guwahati

Sanjib Chakraborty

Ditilekha Nuzhat

Pragati Kashyap

Nihar Ranjan Choudhury

Gayatri Bhuyan

Amitabh Deka, SFI

Saurav Gogoi, SFI

Kaushik Gupta

Uditi Sen

Manak Matiyani, LGBT activist

Sappho for Equality (Queer group)

Georgina Maddox, Independent Art Critic-Curator

Vijay Hiremath

Saurabh Bondre