ON 9 December 2018, AIPWA leader from Bhadohi district in Uttar Pradesh, Com. Gaina Gautam was attacked by goons under the pretext of a goat straying in a field in Umri Gram Sabha. She was stripped half naked and badly beaten. She was severely injured. Subhavti Gautam who came to protect Com. Gaina was also beaten by the goons.
THE Bihar ASHA workers’ strike, which began on December 1, 2018, ended on 8 January after the Government conceded certain key demands including a monthly honorarium of Rs 1000 and an enhanced sum of Rs 2000 for routine jobs like maintaining survey registers etc, which ASHA workers in Bihar had not been getting till now.
CARRYING forward the ongoing ASHA workers movement in Bihar demanding Rs. 18,000 per month honorarium along with several other demands in a 12 point charter of demands, ASHA workers across Bihar organized a massive Rail Chakka Jam on 27 December 2018. Across Bihar, including in Patna, the ASHA workers got down on railway tracks and blocked them thereby bringing the rail transport to halt for nearly 2 hours and taking forward their movement to a more decisive turn.
“THE basic Manuvadi ideology of the BJP and the Sangh parivar is very afraid of independent women. In one of his articles, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has written, quoting the Manusmriti, that women should always be under the control of her father, her husband, or her son. He said that an uncontrolled woman is a daitya (demon). This Yogi with such regressive notions is the BJP’s star campaigner and the successor to Modi. It is necessary to uproot and throw out the Modi-Yogi governments in order to protect women’s freedom and our democracy”.
THE government ‘Accredited Social Health Activists’ (ASHA) workers in Bihar went on an indefinite strike from December 1 with a 12-point charter of demands. They constitute a formidable contingent of nearly one lakh workers spread over all 38 districts of nine administrative divisions in Bihar. The strike call given by the Joint Struggle Forum (ASHA Sanyukta Sangharsh Manch) comprising of three major ASHA unions in the state met with an unprecedented success and on the very first day on 1 December ASHA workers came on the streets in huge numbers with their banners and slogans.
ABOUT 1 lakh ASHA workers of Bihar started their statewide joint indefinite strike on 1 December 2018. From the morning of December 1, Primary Health Centres at all places in Bihar came to a standstill, including Rohtas, Bhabhua, Naubatpur, Bihata, Motihari, Muzaffarpur, Nawada, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Samastipur, Munger, Bhagalpur. Other than emergency services, all work has come to a stop.
Faces Yogi Government’s Ire, Police Lodges Cases against Marchers
A large number of women, social activists and prominent citizens took part in the Women’s march for rights on the Constitution Day on 26 November in PM Modi’s constituency Varanasi. They asserted the real issues against the attempts to divert attention by raising the issue of Ram Mandir and the hollow claims of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao. The marchers criticized increased atrocities and discrimination against women under Yogi Raj and demanded concrete measures instead of farce of ‘Beti Bachao’ rhetoric.
ASHA Workers Announce Indefinite Strike from 1 December 2018 to Demand Government Employee Status and Rs 18,000 Honorarium
WHILE an All India protest is planned on 19 November in Delhi on various demands of mid-day meal workers by left trade unions, the Rasoiya Sangh in Jharkhand has been protesting since 25 December for their 15-point demands. They have suffered brutal lathi charge during their gherao of the Chief Minister’s house, and jammed Ranchi roads for hours, but the Raghubar Das government has shown no positive attitude towards their demands. On 29 October the Rasoiya Sangh once again jammed the Kishori Yadav Chowk at Ratu Road, Ranchi from 9 am onwards.
AIPWA President Rati Rao visited the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on 27-29 September and held meetings with women who have been organising against spousal desertion and domestic violence under the banner of the ‘Mahila Suraksha Sangathan, A&N Islands’.
S Anandi of the Mahila Suraksha Sangathan, NKP Nair of the CPI(ML), as well as Comrade Rati Rao met with many victims of desertion and domestic violence, and also met various authorities to demand justice and support for the affected women.