Please find an appeal enclosed in the attachment for the release of Sheila Didi, a senior activist of women's movement, arrested in Orissa and has been imprisoned in Rourkela jail for more than six months. Now she has been incarcerated in Chaibasa jail in Jharkhand.
In the last week of September, a delegation in Delhi will meet the chairperson of National Women's Commission and submit the signatures.
268, Vasant Appartments
Near Vasant Vihar
Please sign the petition by clicking the following link. Do circulate this link widely after you sign.http://www.PetitionOnline.com/didi123/petition.html
An Appeal for Unconditional and Immediate Release of Sheila Didi
The National Commission for Women
Sheila Didi is a popular women’s activist among the most deprived women of Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, and
Sheila Didi was arrested on 7 October 2006 at
Since then she has been incarcerated in
Sheila Didi belongs to a poor Adivasi family. A woman of courage and conviction, she was convinced about the need for building up a strong women’s movement as she realized that women in our country had to fight every step for their rights and freedom, to do away with the customs and traditions that treat her as an inferior being, a second class citizen. The founding of Nari Mukti Sangh along with a host of other women was the result of this realization.
Soon this organization developed into a strong women’s organization. Thousands of the most deprived women today are conscious about their rights. This organization has been consistently fighting all forms of patriarchy while at the same time resisting any kind of exploitation, domination or discrimination. Hundreds of women, along with Sheila Didi have become literate in the due course of empowerment of this real and genuine movement.
The condition of women in our country is so pathetic and wretched that if they stand on their own legs in order to move ahead in their lives, patriarchic oppression along with all kinds of attacks of the contemporary society will brow beat them to submission. It is in this context that Sheila Didi has evolved as a valiant and uncompromising leader of the oppressed women and waged several struggles for the betterment of their lives in these regions. It is highly deplorable and is a grim reflection of all of our sensitivity that this women’s activist who has emerged from the most oppressed rungs of Adivasi life and who worked day in and out to awaken thousands of oppressed women, has been incarcerated in the jail.
We the undersigned demand that Sheila Didi be released immediately and unconditionally. In this context we urge you to intervene immediately and ensure that she receives proper medical care and relief. We also demand that she be treated as a Political Prisoner as she has been arrested and incarcerated for her convictions to fight for women’s rights.
In this connection, we also appeal to all democratic, civil and human rights organizations, women’s organizations, youth and students organizations, workers’ and democratic individuals to raise their voice against the continued incarceration of this senior women’s activist while demanding for her unconditional release.