RISING FUNDAMENTALISMS

The rising communal tides of the last two decades has brought things to a very fragile pass today, especially for women. On the one hand, is the militant mobilisation of the right wing in the name of religion, culture, tradition that is increasing its control of women, both within and across communities. With aggressive moral policing, assertion of dress codes, imposition of regressive traditions, the increased ritualisation of everyday life, the restrictions on women’s sexuality, mobility and freedoms are actually on the rise today. On the other hand, the growing power and violence exerted by caste and community panchayats is having a greater social impact today than ever. While combating such communal and regressive forces, our attempt has been to highlight the criminality and un-Constitutionality of such impositions on the lives of women and men. In cases such as that of Gudiya, Imrana, Babli and others, we have come together with other women’s groups to protest the collusion of religious and caste/community forces with regressive voices in politics, society, the government and the media.



ARTICLES

MORAL POLICING ON THE RISE 
Violence against women in the name of culture
Newsletter Jan - Apr 2009

SAHELI STUDY ON MARRIAGE, CASTE AND COMMUNITY 
Newsletter Jan – Apr 2008  
Some Comments on the Media Coverage of the Attacks in Ayodhya and London
Newsletter May - Aug 2005

Now it’s the Christians Under Attack 
Newsletter Jul 2000

Shiv Sena Ko Gussa Kyon Aataa Hai? CONTROVERSY OVER THE FILM 'FIRE'
Newsletter Feb 1999