Maitree Programe for 8th March

Maitree is a women's rights network based in West Bengal. Our network has several women's rights organisations and activists as members. We are organizing a protest rally (which will not use any microphone) on 8th March, 2011 against all forms of sexual violence and harassment, trivialized as ‘eve-teasing’. We also raise our voices against violence perpetrated on any one of us who dare to protest against these crimes. Our rally will start from Deshapriya Park at 4 pm and head along Rashbehari Avenue. From Gariahat crossing the rally will retrace its route and culminate at Triangular Park where a candlelight vigil will be held.

We demand:

  • swift arrest and trial of the killers of Rajib Das
  • immediate action against the criminals in the instances of violence against women in Barasat, Sankrail and Bagha Jatin
  • action against government personnel for dereliction of duty vis-a-vis safety and security of women and other people
  • an assertion by the Chief Minister that women and girls have a right to free and safe mobility at all hours of the day and night, irrespective of their (dis) ability, class, caste, occupational or  marital status
  • adequate protection for women who complain about harassment and violence so that they are not subsequently browbeaten into silence by their attackers
  • adoption of definite steps by the administration to ensure that safety and security are not distant ideals for women and other residents of this state, but a tangible reality  

Please join us