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Women Condemn Meenakshi Lekhi’s Sexist Slandering Of Ishrat Jahan

06 July, 2013

Over 115 women have signed a letter seeking an apology from Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi for her sexist slandering of deceased Ishrat Jahan in a television channel. The letter has also been sent to the Chairperson of the National Commission for Women for appropriate action.

As the noose is tightening around the conspirators who cynically and coldly planned and executed the killing of teenaged Ishrat Jahan and three other people in 2004, there is a concerted campaign – the final, last ditch bid to save their skins – by tarnishing the image of this college student. There have been planted stories in the media linking her to a terrorist group –all of them false and concocted, even as the Gujarat High Court has clearly said that the CBI’s mandate is to simply investigate whether Ishrat and others were killed in cold blood.

But Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi’s rantings on prime time TV touches a new low. Responding to mounting evidence of staged encounter, she asserted on Times Now TV channel that ‘here was a girl travelling with men unrelated to her’. Then she outdid herself by reiterating yesterday that since Ishrat came from a deprived background, she was a “fit case” for being a terrorist. This kind of personal slander reflects BJP’s deeply sexist and patriarchal character, besides of course communal and class prejudice. That their woman spokesperson chose to do so makes it worse. Ms. Lekhi would like us to believe that all those young women who travel and work independently are ‘suspicious’ and could have terrorist links, and are therefore fair game for encounter killings.

We condemn Ms. Lekhi’s insensitive sexist slandering of a girl who cannot defend herself, and demand an immediate apology.

1. Manisha Sethi, academic, Delhi

2. Mansi Sharma, activist, Delhi

3. Shabnam Hashmi, activist, Delhi

4. Saba Dewan, filmmaker, Delhi

5. Sanghamitra Misra, academic, Delhi

6. Mona Das, academic, Delhi

7. Sucharita Sengupta, academic, Delhi

8. Shohini Ghosh, academic and filmmaker, Delhi

9. Sabeena Gadihoke, academic, Delhi,

10. Seema Misra, Lawyer, Delhi

11. Pushpa, Writer, Bangalore

12. Uma V Chandru, Activist and academic, Bangalore

13. Neelanjana Mukhia, Activist

14. Rakhi Sehgal, activist, Delhi

15. Ramlath Kavil – Mumbai

16. Supriya Madangarli, writer, Mumbai

17. Amrita Shodhan UK

18. Geetanjali Gangoli- UK

19. Penkoottu, Kozhikode, Kerala

20. Prasanna P. R, Kochi, Kerala

21. Bitopi Dutta, researcher, Guwahati

22. Namrata Kilpadi Misra, Freelance editor and Gandhinagar

23. Ammu Abraham, feminist, Mumbai

24. Arfa Khanum Sherwani, Senior Anchor, Rajyasabha TV

25. Khadeej Arif, Journalist, London

26. Peggy Mohan, Writer, Delhi

27. Brinda Bose, academic, Delhi

28. Anurdha Chenoy, academic, Delhi

29. Ruchi Shroff, Vadodara, Gujarat

30. Sania Mariam,student ,kolkata.

31. Rohini Hensman, writer, Mumbai

32. Malini Sood, freelance editor, New Delhi

33. Bindu Menon, Academic, Delhi

34. Dr. Ayesha Sultan, Hannover Medical School, Germany

35. Teena Gill (Film maker, New Delhi)

36. Nandini Rao, Activist, Delhi

37. Rajashri Dasgupta, Journalist. Kolkata.

38. Kriti Budhiraja, JNU Delhi

39. Anuradha Bhasin, Journalist, Jammu

40. Minnie Vaid, Writer, Mumbai

41. Mamta Jaitly, activist, Jaipur

42. Renuka Pamecha, activist, Rajasthan

43. Mary Abraham, Student, Delhi

44. Kavita Srivastava, activist, Jaipur

45. Anuradha Talwar, activist, West Bengal

46. Dipa Sinha, Economist, Delhi

47. Komal Srivastava, activist, Rajasthan

48. Dr. Meeta Singh, health activist, Rajasthan

49. Nishat Hussein, activist, Rajasthan

50. Pragnya Joshi, activist, Udaipur

51. Smita Chakraburtty, Phd Scholar, Calcutta University, Kolkata

52. Sumati Pannikar, Research Fellow, JNU

53. Samreen Naaz, student, Kolkata

54. Shipra Nigam, Consultant Economist, New Delhi

55. Rizwana Akhtaree, Human Rights Defender, Bhubaneswar.

56. Tanuja Dh,

57. Meena Saraswathi Seshu, Activist

58. G. Arunima, academic, New Delhi

59. Aparna Sanyal, Film maker, New Delhi

60. Saba Hasan, Artist, New Delhi

61. Shweta Kishore, Researcher, Melbourne Australia

62. Ruchika Sharma, Academic, New Delhi

63. Irene Dhar Malik, Film Editor & writer, Mumbai

64. Shashwati Talukdar, Film maker, Dehradun

65. Monica Mody, poet and academic, San Francisco

66. Shikha Sen, Documentary Editor, New Delhi

67. Seema Duhan, Student, CA

68. Shaweta Anand, Student, Delhi

69. Laxmi Murthy, Journalist, Bangalore

70. Ammu Joseph, Journalist, Bangalore

71. Arpita Das, Delhi

72. Suma Josson, Activist, Mumbai

73. Sanam Roohi, PhD Candidate, NIAS/AISSR, Bangalore

74. Aprajita Krishna

75. Kavita Krishnan, activist, Delhi

76. Kirtana Kumar, Director, CARP/Little Jasmine/Theatre Lab

77. Sheeba Aslam Fehmi, writer and academic, Delhi

78. Shazia Nigar, journalist, Bhubhaneshwar

79. Taranga Sriraman, activist, Mumbai

80. Dr. Shelley Dahiya, New Delhi

81. Rupa Gulab, Writer, Gurgaon

82. Poornima Joshi, writer, Delhi

83. Amabrien Alqadr, Academic and filmmaker, Delhi

84. Himadri Sekhar Mistri, Research Scholar, Delhi School of Economics

85. S M M Ausaja, Film Historian, Mumbai

86. Nandini Lal, writer, Washington DC

87. Nandini Chandra, Academic, Delhi

88. Tahira Hasan, activist, Lucknow

89. Jyotsna, Journalist, Delhi.

90. Afreen Haque, Journalist, Kolkata

91. Smita Chakraburtty, Phd Scholar, Calcutta University, Kolkata. West Bengal.

92. Divya Rajagopal, journalist, Mumbai

93. Laxmi Murthy, Journalist, Bangalore

94. Rajeshwari Saroja, Academic, Mumbai

95. Jyotsna Khatri, filmmaker, Delhi

96. Snigdha Sheel, photographer, New Delhi

97. Purwa Bharadwaj, activist, Delhi

98. Nikita Agarwal, activist, Delhi

99. Ameen, Activist, New Delhi

100. Shehla Rashid, Policy Analyst, Delhi

101. Nabanipa Bhatacharya, academic, Delhi

102. Suraiya Patel, Entrepreneur, Mumbai

103. Virginia Saldanha, Activist, Mumbai

104. Dr. V. Mohini Giri, Delhi

105. Rukmini Rao, Secunderabad

106. Aashima Sharma, Student New Delhi

107. Abha Bhaiya, Delhi

108. Chinmayee Subhash

109. Vasanth Kannabiran

110. Suneeta Achutya

111. Anita Dixit, academic, Kolkata

112. Sona Mitra, Economist, Delhi

113. Shefali Sewak, Lawyer, Delhi

114. Neha Kohli, Researcher, Delhi

115. Namrata Ganneri, academic, Delhi

116. Bharati Jagannathan, academic, Delhi

117. Meera Ahmad, Academic, Delhi






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