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“Women have been raped and stripped beaten,” said GIA in its post-poll violence report on Bengal

Updated: May 29, 2021 9:23 pm
Group of Intellectuals and Academicians (GIA), a woman’s organisation, on saturday presented its fact finding report on post-poll violence in Bengal to G Kishan Reddy, Minister of State for Home Affairs. Adv. Monika Arora accompanied by Prof. Vijeta Singh Aggarwal, Sonali Chitalkar, Shruti Mishra and Monicca Aggarwal presented the report to the minister.
Post-poll violence in Bengal was in the nature of a pogrom against political opponents, said Advocate Monika Arora, Convener, GIA.
“Our main recommendation is that women have been raped, stripped beaten and violated in the most horrific ways. All present mechanisms of law be it the Supreme Court or various National Commissions must discharge their statutory duty to protect women and children of Bengal,” she added.
Here it is worth mentioning that the fact finding report was conducted from 15 May, 2021 onwards.
According to GIA, the main conclusion of the fact finding is that to treat the violence in Bengal merely as ‘political violence’ is to trivialise the horrors faced primarily by marginal sections of Hindu society who supported or voted the BJP.
“We have to recognise this violence as an outcome of inter-sectional gender ,caste religious and economic identity of the victims. We contend that this violence was in the nature of a pogrom against political opponents. Our main recommendation is that women have been raped, stripped beaten and violated in the most horrific ways.Crude bombs have been used, men murdered and shops and ration cards looted. All present mechanisms of law be it the Supreme Court or various National Commissions must discharge their statutory duty to protect women and children of Bengal,” GIA further added.

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