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Condemning the FIR against Dr. Ilina Sen and the Police Strong Handedness Against The Participants of the Indian Association Of Women's Studies

IAWS PRESS STATEMENT: Demanding the closure of the case against Dr. Ilina Sen. (See text of the FIR below)

25th January 2011--The IAWS (Indian Association for Women's Studies) is shocked and strongly condemns the entry of the police into Yatri Niwas, at Wardha at 2.30 a.m. on 24th January 2011, where a large number of women  participants, who were mainly students and teachers from Universities across the country, attending the 13th National Conference of the Indian Association for Women's Studies (IAWS) held from 20-24 January 2011 were staying.

The conference was hosted by the Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya (MGAHV), Wardha, with the IAWS as the organiser.

The earlier 12 conferences of the association too have been held in collaboration with Universities in different regions of the country and hosted by them. The IAWS is currently headed by Prof Anita Ghai, professor in psychology and a noted disability expert from New Delhi, who is the President of the Association, and Prof Samita Sen, historian and Director of the School of Women's Studies at Jadavpur University, the General Secretary, along with other members of the Executive Committee such as Dr. Uma Chakravarti , Dr. Wandana Sonalkar, from New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Aurangabad, who are all noted academicians and few student representatives involved in gender studies.

The preparations for this 13th National Conference has been ongoing for nearly two years now.  The members of the Executive Committee of the Indian Association of Women's Studies have been collaborating with Women's  Studies scholars across the country inviting them to speak at the plenaries, to be coordinators of 10 subthemes and present papers. A student pre-conference workshop with enthusiastic participation by students from across the country preceded the conference. Being an academic and professional association of Women's Studies scholars, teachers, students and activists, the conference held once in three years deliberates on the various scholarly and social concerns centring on women's lives in the country. In all, there were 750 participants, 3 foreign invited speakers. Among the prominent women present were Prof Saradamoni, Prof Devaki Jain, Dr. Zarina Bhatty , Prof Nirmala Banerjee, Sharmila Rege, Indu Agnihotri.

The teachers, students and the administration of the Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya (MGAHV), Wardha, have helped the Executive Committee of the IAWS in the organisation not just of the academic proceedings, but also the cultural programmes, the films that were screened and the stalls and exhibitions that displayed books and crafts.

As part of organising the conference in Wardha, which is in Central India, the IAWS expressed its pride and honour to have the opportunity to felicitate prominent senior activists from Vidharbha region, Malti Ruikar, Leelatai Chitale, Seema Sakhare, Nalini Ladke, and Sumantai Bang, a practice followed at national conferences.  Pushpa Bhave felicitated the activists on behalf of the IAWS. Noted dalit woman writer, Kumud Pawde delivered the Madhuri Shah Memorial Lecture.

In the above context, IAWS is shocked that the police entered the premises of the conference and the accommodation venues.

We also wish to clarify that the media reports that attribute the organisation of the conference to Prof. Ilina Sen (EC member,IAWS) alone is totally erroneous and distorted, and that it is the Indian Association of Women's Studies,  that has organized this conference, hosted by the Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha.

We condemn the lodging of the FIR against Dr. Ilina Sen and demand its withdrawal.

Signed

Dr. Anita Ghai and the members of the Executive Committee of the IAWS

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Translation of the FIR No. 3004 to Police Inspector, Sewagram Police station, Wardha, dated 24/01/11

FIRST INFORMATION REPORT
Form: 1 -A
No. 0044904.


1. Dist. WARDHA  POLICE STATION, SEWAGRAM, YEAR - 2011, FIR NO. 2004. DATE - 24.1.2011.

2. (I) FOREIGNERS' ACT. SECTION - 14

3. (A) OCCURRANCE OF OFFENCE: DATE FROM:  20-1-2011, DATE TO: 24/1/2011
TIME FROM:     --         TIME TO: 16.15.
(B) INFORMATION RECEIVED AT P.S. DATE - 24.12.2011, TIME - 20.00
(C) GENERAL DIARY REF. ENTRY NO.(S)  /2011       TIME - 20.10

4.  TYPE OF INFORMATION -(WRITTEN-ORAL) - WRITTEN

5. PLACE OF OCCURRENCE: (A) DIRECTOR & DISTANCE 9 KM. NORTH FROM P. S. BEAT NO.
YELAKELI
(B)   ADDRESS: M. G. INTERNATIONAL HINDI UNIVERSITY, GANDHI HALLS, WARDHA
(C) IN CASE OUTSIDE LIMIT OF THIS P.S., THEN THE NAME OF P. S.  ---   . DIST.     --- .

6. COMPLAINANT/INFORMANT - (A) NAME : MILIND SUDHAKAR TOTARE, AGE - 46 YEARS
(B) FATHER'S NAME: SUDHAKAR TOTARE. (C) DATE OF BIRTH -     86 YEARS. (D) INDIAN
(E) PASSPORT NO.     ----        DATE OF ISSUE -----  ;    PLACE OF ISSUE : -------
(F) OCCUPATION - SERVICE, POLICE NIRIKSHAK.
(G) ADDRESS: A. T. S. UNIT, NAGPUR.
.
7. DETAILS OF KNOWN/SUSPECTED/UNKNOWN ACCUSED WITH FULL PARTICULARS:

ACCUSED: 1) CONFERENCE / COORDINATOR ILINA SEN, DEPARTMENT OF WOMEN'S STUDIES, MGAHV, WARDHA. 2) ACCOMODATION COMMITTEE INCHARGE.

Copy of the Written Report:: From the ATS Nagpur unit camp,

I, Milind Sudhakar Totare aged 47 years, Police Inspector, ATS Nagpurunit, record the petition that I received orders from ATS headquarters, Mumbai, relating to vigilance on the occasion of 26thJanuary, Republic Day, to inspect hotels, lodges and dharmashalas and orders were given accordingly tothe officersand personnel of the Nagpur unit of the ATS. Accordingly, today, on 24/01/11 while conducting an inspection of hotels, lodges and dharmashalas in Wardha, we learnt that an International Women’s Conference  was being organised from 20thto 24thJanuary 2011 by the Women’s Studies Association, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Vishvavidyalay and Pakistani, Bangladeshi and other foreign women were staying there. When we approached the Special Branch office, Wardha to pursue the matter, and asked “Have the ‘C’forms been submitted within the stipulated time or what?”, it was found that no such information had been submitted by the Hindi University. On this, we togetherwith PSI A. Saraf, ASI Narawade, ASI Baghel, Head Constable ramesh, police driver Sanjay S. Bate,in government vehicles no. MH-31 G J9757 and MH-31 AG 9660 reached the premises of the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Umri, Meghe Shivar, Dist. Wardha, at 17.15. There we identified ourselves to the Security Officer and obtaining information from themas to who wasthe administrative head, we met Shri Khamre, Registrar, MGAHV, identified ourselves and informed him of our objective in meeting him. On this he informed us that the thirteenth International Conference of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies was being organised in the university premises and the organising head for the Conference was Professor Ilina Sen, Head of the Department of Women’s Studies.

When we asked where arrangements for the stay of foreign participants had been made, he told us that some delegates were in the Camille Bulke hostel and the Savitribai Phule Students’ hostel in the university premises, and some delegates at hotels and dharmashalas, erc. In Wardha city. On our request he made available to us the list of delegates attending the conference, copies of correspondence relating to the organisationof the conference and photocopies of the documents of foreign delegates, and they are attached herewith.From the above it is seen that the following foreign nationals were eresiding on the university premises during the period 20 to 24 Janjary 2011.: 1)Hina Jayeda,Pakistan passport no. AW 67901, information on visa not available, 2)Shahina Akhtar, Bangladesh Passport no. RO931454, 3)Pinayya Najifa Rubi Sri Lanka Pasport no. N2704032, 4) Bashani Barua, Dhaka, Bangladesh Passport no. B1404164 visa no. V0029011.

The responsibility for submitting information on the arrival and stay of the above foreign nationals in the prescribed ‘C’ form rests with the organiser of the conference , Professor Ilina Sen,Head of the department of Women’s Studies, MGAH University and the head of the accommodation committee, but it is clear that the said persons have violated the provisions of Clause 7 of the Foreigns (sic) Act .

that , whereas, in the light of the above, foreign nationals came and stayed in the conference premises during the Conference organised by the Indian Association for Women’s Studies , the organiser of the Conference Professor Ilina Sen and the officer in charge of the accommodation for the Conference have violated Clause 7 of the Foreigns Act and this is a crime according to Clause 14 of the Act and I therefore lodge a complaint on behalf of the government against them.

With enclosures as enumerated

Signed in English (unclear)

Police Inspector, Anti-Terrorism Squad, Nagpur Unit, Nagpur

On the basis of the above written report the said charge has been registered and taken up for investigation.

Copy Submitted  to the IMFC Court No.1, Wardha