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Draft Joint Statement on the Acquittal of the Convicts of Laxmanpur bathe dalit massacre for endorsement
We the undersigned are extremely distressed and outraged by the Patna High Court judgement on the 9th of October acquitting the murderers of the infamous and shocking Laxmanpur Bathe Dalit masacre in the Arwal district of Bihar.
In the year 1997, Ranveer Sena, a dreaded upper caste feudal private army of mostly Bhumihar and Rajput landlords descended on the dalit tola of Laxmanpur bathe in the broad daylight and masacred 58 dalits, which includes 27 women and 10 children.
The cruelity and bestiality of the upper caste vigitante attack of the Ranajir Sena was such that it didn’t spare even 3 year old children.
Atrocities on the dalits, sexual violence and exploitation of dalit women, including genocides and day to day humiliation that the dalits have been goingon since centuries.
From the time when this shameful graded inequality, brahmanical social order came into existence, which is India specific caste-feudalism; after the transfer of power by the colonial masters to their desi compradors in India, the ruling classes of India had betrayed its so called social contract with the Indian people which it had promised after taking over the reins of state power from their imperial masters.
From the Nehruvian era, Kilvemani, Tsunduru, Permakudi, Khairlanji and Karamachedu to Bathanitola is the bleeding post colonial history of caste violence and genocides on dalits in this country. which aspires to become a superpower, boasts of being the largest democracy, liberal rights discourse, being its legitimising ideology which Indian state has inscribed in its constitution.
All those various rights enshrined in the Indian constitution is turned into a sick joke every moment. Indian liberalism is the most despicable fraudulence which the Indian ruling elites have done to their toiling subaltern masses.
Throusands of fake encounters, custodial deaths and tortures, genocides and mass gang rapes of oppressed nationalities, minorities, dalits, adivasis, ethnic minorities and other marginal groups of the Indian caste Hindu society. Indian state has made made mockery of the very term of liberalism. The day to day caste violence and acquital of armed, feudal, vigilante private armies clearly proves that Indian state is a upper caste Hindu fascist state. From police to judiciary, Indian state stinks of extreme caste prejudices towards oppressed nationalities,religeous minorities, dalits, sexual,linguistic, ethnic and other marginal groups.
The district and sessions court of Patna in its judgement against Laxmanpurbathe masacre had convicted 26 armed goons of Ranveer Sena. The district sessions court had pronomunecd death sentence for 16 Ranavir sena members and life sentence for 10 other members in 2010.
The court had acquited 19 accused for lack of evience.
The then district and sessions judge in Patna in his judgement had remarked about the masacre that ‘the Laxmanpur Bathe Dalit masacre was a stigma on civil society.’ we are horified by the casteist nature of the Indian judiciary which is yet to have a proper representation of dalit judges.
The casteist mindset of the judiciary has been evident right from the transfer of power to the desi elites in 1947.
In the infamous Kilvemani massacre judgement in Tamilnadu, the trial judge had noted about the murderer landlord that “the person of his social status will not indulge in such acts”. In the Bhanwri Devi gang-rape judgement in Rajasthan, the judges had noted “how can upper-caste men rape lower caste women”. This clearly indicates the anti dalit, upper caste, brahminical mindset of the Indian judiciary.
In the Laxmanpur bathe acquittal judgement, the Patna High Court had noted that ‘we are of the view that the prosecution witnesses are not reliable and so all the convicted persons are entitled for benefit of doubt.’ So all accused were set free. This clearly indicates the insidious casteist nexus of upper caste landlords, police and bureaucracy and judiciary. This same casteist Patna high court last year had acquitted the Ranajir Sena butchers of Bathanitola in which 21 Dalits were killed. Apart from that, the casteist judiciary of Bihar have acquitted the upper caste private armies in Miyapur, narayanpur, Khagdibigha and nagribazar dalit masacres. Successive judgements in cases relating to massacres/killings of dalits/minorities/poorer sections of the people, acquitting the accused and conspirators and at the same time awarding stricter punishments to even unrelated people of dalits/minorities/poorer sections in cases involving powerful is a matter of grave concern.
One has to see the cycle of violence and counter violence in Central Bihar, the context of the class struggle which is being raged by the revolutionary peasant resistance movements against the upper caste feudal lords in central bihar. Decadent feudalism in its death bed becomes most obscene and perverse; so it perpetrates the most sadistic and brutal violence and masacres on the toiling dalit men and women. The post-colonial India has seen more than 100 dalit massacres in Bihar itself. To counter the demand for land and dignity by the underdog who were organised by the communist revolutionaries. The violence that engulfed the flaming fields of central Bihar is the rusult of the sharpening contradictions between the archaic, medieval and extremely exploitative agrarian relations. Which results in carnages and sexual violence on dalit women. The most horrifying examples of these gruesome massacres and medieval barbarism are: Belchi, Pipra, Parasbigha, Tiskhora, Laxmanpur bathe, Bathanitola, Miyanpur, Nagri Bazar, and so on. The list is endless.
The above violence must be seen in the context of the struggle of dalits for land, dignity and against sexual violence on dalit women. This is a direct result of the complete failure of Indian state of implement radical land reforms and ensure the dignity of the dalits. The conflict in Laxmanpur bathe was about the dalits’ rightful ownership of the government land, i.e., 50 bighas of gair mazaura land for which the dalits were entitled and the upper caste landlords wanted to forcibly usurp.
The upper caste landlords raised dreaded private armies like Ranveer Sena, lorik sena, bhumi sena, bramarshi sena, sunlight sena, diamond liberation front, savarn liberation front, brhamarshi sena etc. These decadent feudal vigilante armies have masacred more than 1 thousand dalit men, women and children. Thanks to the heroic revoultionary peasant resistance momement central bihar all these private armies were forced to surrender. Therefore, history has proved that only the underdog when it gets organised and hits back can only break its chains. recently there was a gang-rape and murder of a dalit girl student in jind, Haryana where the police in connaivance with the upper caste rapists proved it to be a suicide and the re was no rape. Around a month after that another dalit girl student in sirsa, haryana was gangraped by upper caste lumpen youths, her unconscious body was found in the next morning. the police refused to file the rape FIR under the pressure of the upper caste. we are firmly convinced that the dalits are not going to get any justice from the upper caste hindu indian state apparatus. therefore we appeal to our dalit brothers and sisters to get organised and hit back at the perpetrators. we appeal to the radical left forces, the radical Ambedkarites, the democratic right movement, and the womens movement to form a principled joint forum against atrocities and masacres on dalits and sexual violence on dalit women.
We condemn the blatant anti dalit upper caste brahminical judgement of the Patna High Court. We urge the radicl left forces, the womens’ movement, the dalit movement and the democratic right movement to join hands to fight a decisive street battle against the decadent feudal upper caste brahminical patriarchal and communal fascist forces in India.
Saheli – Delhi
Students for Resistance
Prof. Uma Chakrabarty – Women against State Repression and Sexual Violence (WSS)
Anand Teltumbde – CPDR, Membai
Subhash gatade convenor new socialist initiative
Sharad Gaikward President Replubican Panthers Marashtra
Amidyuti kumar APDR KOLKATA
B.Sreenivas rao president pop andhra pradesh
prof Chaman lal ex professor jnu
Vir bharat talwar professor jnu
Anita bharti dalit feminist activist and editor streekal a dalit feminist journal
Gail omvet dalit movement theorist and activist
Bharat patankar dalit movement theorist and activist
katyani eminent marxist feminist poetess
Gabriel Detrich feminist thinker and member penura mayi iyakkam an autonomous progressive womens group madurai
Maya john centre for struggling women delhi
Hargopal eminent political theorist hyderabad
prof Manoranjan mohanty politcal thinker and democratic rights activist delhi
prof G.N Saibaba professor english delhi university
Nivedita Menon feminist thinker and professor jnu
Aditya nigam CSDS DELHI
Pothik Ghosh radical notes delhi
Alok krantikari yuva sanghathan KYS delhi
Soma marik Radical socialist kolkata
Kunal chatopadhyay Radical socialist kolkata
Amar singh gen secratary delhi university colleges staff union and president sc welfare association du
VS Roy david natinal adivasi alliance
Subhrodeep chakraborty film maker delhi
meera chakraborty film maker delhi
Shamsul islam NISHANT NATYA MANCH DELHI
Neelima Sharma nishant natya manch delhi
Srirupa REVOLUTIONARY CULTURAL FRONT JNU
Brahmprakash JANRANG JNU
MARTAND JAN SANSKRITI MANCH JNU
Sumati pannkar VIPLAV SANSKRITIK MANCH DELHI
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Kiran Shaheen – Women for Water Democracy, Delhi
Swati Birla – Sanhati, Mumbai
Anil Chamadia – Journalist, Delhi
Bhasha Singh – Journalist, Delhi
Satyam verma journalist delhi
Nayan Jyoti – Kranti Kari Navjawan Sabha (KNS)
Piyushraj AISA JNU
Siddhi NOWROZ and student jnu
Snehil manohar singh student jnu
Ram Puniyani all india secular forum
Shidharth Mitra SANHATI
Akbar Choudhury – President, JNU Students Union (JNUSU)
Chinmaya – United Dalit Students Federation (UDSFJNU)
Anand Krishan Raj – The Newmaterialists JNU
Abhay Kumar, Concerned Students JNU
Kavery Rajaraman – Sanhati, Bangalore
Kamayanibali Mahabal – Lawyer Feminist Activist, Mumbai
Vivek Sundara – Human Rights Activist, Mumbai
P.K.Sundaram – Research Scholar, JNU
Asit Das – Contributing Editor, India Resists.com
Anshitan KNS JNU
Subhasini KNS DELHI
Meghna Arora KNS DELHI
Omprasad research sholar jnu
Badre alam research scholar delhi university
Meena Menon activist mumbai
Ayushi student tiss mumbai
Usman – Research Scholar, JNU
Nitin Kumar – Student , Indian Institute of Mass Communications, Delhi
Hadi Sarmadi - BAHROOP, Progressive Theatre Group, JNU
Ramashankar Yadav Vidrohi – Radical Left Balladeer and Poet, JNU
Mayur Chettia – Research Scholar, JNU
Archana – Research Scholar, JNU
Dinesh Kumar – NSYOF, JNU
Anuradha Pandey – Research Scholar, JNU
Ashish Kumar – Research Scholar, JNU
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