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The meaning of International Women’s Day for Tribal Women

RAIPUR: The CPI (Maoist) used the occasion of International Women’s Day to target the state machinery through a press release that reported the cases of exploitation of tribal women in the conflict zone of Bastar.

Issuing a statement this year, we have rebelled by opposing the recruitment of women in the police and paramilitary forces in south Chhattisgarh.

The Maoists asked the women not to work in television serials, films, media advertisements, and the internet segment and stated that these medium projects the fairer sex in an obscene manner. They exhorted women to stand against sexual and domestic violence. The exploitation of women in Left Wing Extremism areas is done many of the times by armed forces. The National Human Rights Commission Report (NHRC) says that at least 16 tribal women were raped and outrageously physically assaulted by Police personnel in November 2015. We can think from this that, unreported casualties can be larger than this. The NHRC has not set up a permanent committee to protect tribal women’s rights. NHRC is working with the direction of oppressor state and not as an independent statutory organization.

However, the Baster police affirmed the Maoists are fast losing the ground, though this claim is not substantiated question can easily be raised on this.

The statement by the Dantewada Superintendent of police is recorded in this occasion is as follows, “What the Maoists advocate in the guise of women’s rights are actually the worst exploitation of basic rights of women who they engage in their organization. Now they are discouraging the women not to explore various scopes of livelihood, not to work in TV, films and not to join the police or other government sectors. Who gave them the authority to dictate terms and project their ill-considered thoughts on women’s rights. The women in Bastar are capable and wise enough to choose their own successful path”.

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