RAPE / SEXUAL ASSAULT
Like many other autonomous women’s groups in the country, our work on the issue of rape emerged out of the deeply distressing court judgments ministered in the cases of Mathura, Rameezabi and Maya Tyagi. While nationwide agitations led to significant changes in the Criminal Procedure Code and Indian Penal Code, shortcomings in the law and pitfalls in its implementation have continued to pose challenges. Helping rape victims gave us a finer understanding of the issues which subvert the process of securing justice. It also became increasingly self evident that the law must go beyond traditional definitions of penile-vaginal ‘rape’ to a broader understanding of ‘sexual assault’. Saheli was part of the Committee constituted by National Commission of Women in 1990s that evolved significant changes in the rape law. Today, along with other women’s groups, queer groups and child rights’ groups, we are involved in a process of evolving far reaching modifications in the Criminal Law Amendment Bill proposed by the government to address issues hitherto inadequately addressed by the law: eg. Mass sexual assault in situations of conflict and/or mass/ethnic/communal violence, and sexual assault on persons other than women such as hijras, transgender people, men and so on. Beyond our work at the policy level, street protests and reaching out on the issue have been important, including a city based campaign “ Stop Rape! Speak Up, Delhi!”


ARTICLES


Newsletter Sep 2013 – Aug 2014

Newsletter Sep – Dec 2010

RAPE AND MURDER IN SHOPIAN 

Newsletter May - Aug 2009

SAHELI RESPONSE TO SCHEME FOR COMPENSATION FOR RAPE
Newsletter Sep – Dec 2008

CONDEMNING MORALISM IN CASES OF RAPE
Newsletter Jan – Apr 2008

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
The Crime Capital Gets Worse
Newsletter May - Aug 2005

Newsletter May - Aug 2005

CASTE-ING THE VOTE
Dalits in Shamli Denied Political Rights
Newsletter Sep - Dec 2005

RAGE AGAINST RAPE & KILLING OF THANGJAM MANORAMA
Newsletter May – Aug 2004 

STOP RAPE: SPEAK UP DELHI
Newsletter Sep – Dec 2003


DEATH PENALTY FOR RAPE: SAHELI OPEN LETTER
Newsletter Sep – Dec 2002

AMENDMENTS TO RAPE LAWS
Problems and Possibilities
Newsletter Jan - Apr 2002

PROPOSED CHANGES IN RAPE LAWS
Statement issued at National Level Meeting
Newsletter Jan - Apr 2002

TORTURE OF WOMEN
in the Year of Women’s Empowerment
Newsletter Jan - Apr 2002

WOMEN'S DIGNITY ON SALE 
A Scheme To Promote Insurance For Rape Victims
Newsletter Jul 1999

Can it tackle the growing violence against women?
Newsletter Feb 1999