I am deeply honored and truly humbled to be with Bilkis Bano at this press conference today in Delhi to speak on the most recent Bombay High Court judgement on her case. Bilkis is a shining beacon and inspiration in our country.
According to a newspaper report on May 3, a youth from Kanpur has accused the Anti-Terrorist Squad and National Investigation Agency officers of torturing him, trying to falsely implicate him in terrorism cases and link him to a suspected terrorist who was killed in an "encounter” during the Uttar Pradesh elections earlier this year.
The Bombay High Court on May 4 upheld the conviction and life imprisonment of 12 people in the 2002 Bilkis Bano gang-rape case. 7 other persons – 5 policemen and 2 doctors – were also convicted by the court for not performing their duties and tampering with evidence.
In the elections to the Delhi Municipal Corporation held on April 23, one campaign that stood out from the others was that of the people’s candidate and activist of Lok Raj Sangathan called Shivaji, in the Harkesh Nagar ward of, South Delhi.
23 अप्रैल को हुए दिल्ली नगर निगम चुनाव के अभियानों में एक चुनाव अभियान जो दूसरों से अलग दिखा, वह था दक्षिण दिल्ली के हरकेश नगर वार्ड में जनता के उम्मीदवार और लोक राज संगठन के कार्यकर्ता, शिवाजी का अभियान।
A few days ago, the terrifying video clip of a youth tied to the front of an army jeep once again brought to fore the path being followed by the government in Kashmir. Only barbaric armies totally alienated from the people can stoop to using hapless humans as shields – that too when they are armed to the teeth and their adversaries are supposedly citizens of their own country. There have been protests from all quarters about this barbarity and utterly inhuman treatment.
Press Release – at the Press Meet on 26th April 2017, Chennai Press Club
‘People’s Movement for Clean Politics’
‘Wresting the Citizens Rights from Polity’
The political scenario in the country at the centre as well as various states is agonizing. ‘Politics without principles’ has negated the dreams of our forefathers – freedom fighters – to make India a land of peace and plenty and the constitutional guarantee of equality, justice and fraternity.