Press Release condemning the brutal police violence on the activists of VIBGYOR

February 28, 2014

On February 22, 2014, five activists of VIBGYOR International Film Festival were picked up by the police in Trichur and they were brutally beaten up inside the vehicle as well as inside the police station. Young woman cinematographer Neethu was attacked physically by male police and was subjected to sexual verbal abuse as well as physical violence. Five young activists were physically attacked and are detained by police at the Thrissur East Janamaitri Police station. Advocate R. K. Asha who came with her son and daughter to release the activists were also brutally beaten up and the male police kicked her with boots and she was dragged in front of her children. Her son and minor daughter were also subjected to physical violence. Advocate R.K. Asha, her minor daughter, Neethu, and Sruti were hospitalized in Thrissur later. The boys were detained in police custody, denied bail and were remanded for 14 days. They got interim bail next day evening and were released. We came to know that the boys were tortured inside the jail too. We unanimously condemn the brutal violence on women inside the police station and that also a practicing woman advocate and a young woman cinematographer as well as a minor girl. We also demand that the cases on five boys and Neethu, cinematographer be withdrawn immediately.

It is shocking that the police attacks on women activists of VIBGYOR took place soon after the completion of 9thVIBGYOR which focused on Gender Violence. When the work of internationally famous Eve Einsler, `Vagina Monologues’ was performed, the police tried to initiate physical violence on February15, 2014 right inside the festival ground. On February 13th, when the Sangh Parivar activists tried to stop the screening of the documentary on Kashmir `Ocean of Tears’, the police facilitated them to enter the campus and destroy the festival office. While the hooligans destroyed the office right in front of the police, no case was registered on any of these communal fascists. The activists of VIBGYOR courageously and resisted them in a united and non-violent manner and the fascists were forced to withdraw.

We are shocked at the growing state violence and communal violence on the cultural activists and we demand an immediate action on the guilty police officers. We demand that all the guilty police officers be suspended and legal actions undertaken on them immediately. We appeal to all women’s groups, human rights groups, activists and film personalities to strengthen this struggle against police violence on activists immediately. We appeal to all concerned sections to circulate this message immediately.

Friends of VIBGYOR:

Endorsements:

BhupaliKusum Vitthal,Centre for Education andCommunication, New Delhi

Shri Prakash, Film Maker, Jharkhand

Sameera Jain, Film Maker

AnjaliMonteiro and K.P. Jayasankar, Film Makers, TISS, Mumbai

Sunita Prasad

KavitaBahl, Director, TopQuark Films, Delhi

Supriya Madangarli, Mangalore

Anuradha, Hyderabad

Juhi Jain, feminist activist and writer New Delhi

Seena Viovin

SuhasiniMulay, Film personality, New Delhi

Shampa Sengupta, Disability and Gender Rights Activist, Kolkata

Adv Kamayani Bali Mahabal

Sanal Sasidharan

Teena Gill, Film maker, New Delhi

Subuhi Jiwani

Sudha K.F, Central English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.

Benny Kuruvilla, New Delhi

Deepa Dhanraj, Film Maker

Pushpa Achanta, Writer (Bangalore)

Vasanth Kannabiran

Kirity Roy, National Convenor (PACTI)

PT George, Intercultural Resources

Sujata Gothoskar, independent researcher and activist

AchinVanaik former Dean, School Of Social Sciences, Delhi University

IndianSocial Action Forum (INSAF)

SmitaVanniyar, School of Media and Culture Studies, TISS

SuklaSen, EKTA (Committee for Communal Amity), Mumbai

PrafulBidwai

Muhammadamen

AbhilashB, Communications Specialist, Delhi

KalpanaMehta, Indore

SomaMarik, School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University

Dyuti

SurabhiSharma

Dr.K.Lalita, Director Yugantar, a Hyderabad based NGO &Vice-president Anveshi research Centre for Women’s Studies

SabaDewan, film maker, New Delhi

Vani Subramanian, Saheli Delhi

Kaveri R I, Hyderabad

Geeta Seshu, Consulting Editor, The Hoot, Free Speech Hub.

Elizabeth Philip, Sahaja, Kottayam

Anivar Aravind , Moving republic, Bangalore

Rohini Hensman (writer and activist)

Akhil Kumar, Sub-Editor, Youth Ki Awaaz

Akshay Pathak

Archana B, Bergen, Norway

Saba Prateeksha- Musician, and Director Hansadhwani Foundation

VIMOCHANA,Forum for Women’s Rights, Bangalore

AllIndia Students’ Associaion, Mumbai;

Jan Sanskriti Manch, Mumbai

Ram Puniyani, Writer

Civic Chandran, Pathabhedam

Sara Joseph, Writer

K.P. Sasi, Film Maker

P. Baburaj, Film Maker

Sreemith Shekhar, Film Maker

Anand Patwardhan, Film Maker

Magline Peter, Theeradesa Mahilavedi, Thiruvananthapuram

Meghnath, Akhra, Film Maker, Jharkhand

J. Devika, Research Scholar

K.E.K. Satish, Writer, Film Maker,

Wilfred D’Costa, INSAF, New Delhi

Kutti Revathi, Writer, Film Maker, Tamil Nadu

Amudhan RP, Film Maker, Chennai

Mark Achbar, Film Maker, Canada

Leena Patel, New Delhi

FTII Students’ Association, Pune

Asha G, Thiruvananthapuram

K. Saradamoni, Thiruvanthapuram

Shehna R Shora

All Indian Students’ Association

JNU Students’ Union, New Delhi

Irfan Engineer, Centre for Study of Society And Secularism

Rahul Roy, Film Maker

Marcello and Karina Bichara, Brazil

PN Gopi Krishnan, Poet

VG Thampi, Poet, Writer

I. Shanmukhadas, Film Critic

Priyanandan, Film Maker

Rekha Raj, Writer, Activist

Anvar Ali, Poet

Musthafa Deshamangalam, Film Maker

M. Jisha, Freelance journalist

MG Sasi, Film Maker

I. Gopinath, Freelance Journalist

Satya Sagar, Journalist

T. Peter, KSMTF

Jagdish Chandra, New Social Alternative, Bangalore

Deepu, Pedestrian Pictures, Bangalore

Ashok Mathew Philip, SICHREM, Bangalore

Dhirendra Pande, All India Secular Forum, Orissa

Vijaysingh Ronald David, National Adivasi Alliance, Karnataka

Vasanth Kannabiran, ASMITA Women’s Resource Centre, Hyderbad