COMMUNAL VIOLENCE

If the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 brought us face to face with how violence can be systematically targeted against a community with the complicity of the State, our own work for peace and justice, and running a relief camp revealed the deep impact of such violence on women’s lives. Years later, the brutality unleashed on women in Mumbai and Gujarat compelled us to foreground the centrality of sexual violence in such conflicts. Another serious concern has been the militant mobilisation of women’s right wing politics. These increasingly communalised times are also resulting in a rise in fundamentalism within communities and a tightening of control on women in the name of ‘honour’.

In a country born in the throes of communal violence and continuing to live with ruptures based on religious/caste/ethnic identity, the struggles against communalism and communal violence have always been fought on a wide platform. And so it is that during the anti-Sikh violence, the 1992/93 violence following the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the Seelampur riots of 1993, the Gujarat carnage in 2002 and the anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal in 2008, we have responded jointly with other like-minded groups and individuals. As part of peace initiatives, fact-finding missions, relief efforts, and endeavours to evolve laws can comprehensively address the specificity of sexual violence in situations of conflict, Saheli’s work against communal violence goes on.


ARTICLES

THE PROPOSED BILL ON COMMUNAL VIOLENCE: REPORT ON A CONSULTATION
Newsletter Sep 2009 – April 2010

AGAINST COMMUNAL VIOLENCE IN KANDHAMAL 
Newsletter Sep – Dec 2008

LANDMARK JUDGMENT IN BILKIS BANO CASE
Newsletter Jan - Apr 2006

COMMUNAL VIOLENCE BILL, 2005 – A Critique
Newsletter Jan – Apr 2006

THREATENED EXISTENCE: THE INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR JUSTICE IN GUJARAT 
Newsletter Jan – Apr 2004

INITIATING FOCUS ON CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN 
The International Initiative For Justice In Gujarat

Newsletter Jan - Apr 2003

RETHINKING ELECTORAL 'NORMALCY'.  
A Saheli Account of Godhra during the IIJ.
Newsletter Jan - Apr 2003

IMPACT OF THE GUJARAT GENOCIDE ON WOMEN: CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES
Newsletter Sep – Dec 2003

GUJARAT GENOCIDE: TELLING IT LIKE IT IS
Newsletter May – Aug 2002

GUJARAT: SOME OTHER REPORTS
Newsletter May – Aug 2002

GOVERNMENT APATHY RE-VISITED 
Report of 2nd Saheli visit to Gujarat
Newsletter May - Aug 2002

HINDU FUNDAMENTALISM REFUSES TO REST IN PEACE 
Now it’s the christians under attack
Newsletter Jul 2000

THE CARNAGE AND AFTER
Newsletter Mar 1985