[Marxism] No to sexual assault! Socialist Alliance statement in solidarity with the international movement against violence against women | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Sat Jan 5 19:50:33 MST 2013


January 5, 2013 -- The *Socialist Alliance* (Australia) stands in 
solidarity with the growing movement in India fighting violence against 
women. Progressive forces in that country have braved police brutality 
and repression, mobilising massive turnouts at protests against gender 
violence.

The wave of protests was sparked by the horrific rape on December 15, 
and the consequent death, of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi.

Indian activists report that a significant new movement against sexual 
violence has risen up and is putting serious pressure on the government 
to eliminate the institutionalised gender bias in laws and investigation 
mechanisms. Young and old people, women and men, who have never before 
participated in public protests are taking to the streets to demand 
gender justice.

The mass mobilisations in India’s capital, and across the country, 
express an outpouring of anger at the endemic and growing prevalence of 
sexual violence experienced by women. Since 1971, incidents of rape in 
India have increased by 791%, while conviction rates have dropped to a 
mere 27%.

Like in Australia, many rapes go unreported, due to the anti-woman 
judiciary, traumatic police investigations, and suspicion and blame that 
women face when they speak out against their abuse.

Full statement at http://links.org.au/node/3169





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