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Condemn The Brutal Police Violence On The Activists of VIBGYOR

By Concerned Citizens

26 February, 2014

Advocate R. K. Asha in hospital

On February 22, 2014, five activists of VIBGYOR International Film Festival were picked up by the police in Trichur and they were brutally beaten up inside the vehicle as well as inside the police station. Young woman cinematographer Neethu was attacked physically by male police and was subjected to sexual verbal abuse as well as physical violence. Five young activists were physically attacked and are detained by police at the Thrissur East Janamaitri Police station. Advocate R. K. Asha who came with her son and daughter to release the activists were also brutally beaten up and the male police kicked her with boots and she was dragged in front of her children. Her son and minor daughter were also subjected to physical violence. Advocate R.K. Asha, her minor daughter, Neethu, and Sruti were hospitalized in Thrissur later. The boys were detained in police custody, denied bail and were remanded for 14 days. They got interim bail next day evening and were released. We came to know that the boys were tortured inside the jail too. We unanimously condemn the brutal violence on women inside the police station and that also a practicing woman advocate and a young woman cinematographer as well as a minor girl. We also demand that the cases on five boys and Neethu, cinematographer be withdrawn immediately.

It is shocking that the police attacks on women activists of VIBGYOR took place soon after the completion of 9 th VIBGYOR which focused on Gender Violence. When the work of internationally famous Eve Einsler, `Vagina Monologues' was performed, the police tried to initiate physical violence on February15, 2014 right inside the festival ground. On February 13 th , when the Sangh Parivar activists tried to stop the screening of the documentary on Kashmir `Ocean of Tears', the police facilitated them to enter the campus and destroy the festival office. While the hooligans destroyed the office right in front of the police, no case was registered on any of these communal fascists. The activists of VIBGYOR courageously resisted them in a united and non-violent manner and the fascists were forced to withdraw.

Protest march by Lawyers in Trichur

We are shocked at the growing state violence and communal violence on the cultural activists and we demand an immediate action on the guilty police officers. We demand that all the guilty police officers be suspended and legal actions undertaken on them immediately. We appeal to all women's groups, human rights groups, activists and film personalities to strengthen this struggle against police violence on activists immediately. We appeal to all concerned sections to circulate this message immediately.

Friends of VIBGYOR:


  • BhupaliKusum Vitthal,Centre for Education andCommunication, New Delhi
  • Shri Prakash, Film Maker, Jharkhand
  • Sameera Jain, Film Maker
  • AnjaliMonteiro and K.P. Jayasankar, Film Makers, TISS, Mumbai
  • Sunita Prasad
  • KavitaBahl, Director, TopQuark Films, Delhi
  • Supriya Madangarli, Mangalore
  • Anuradha, Hyderabad
  • Juhi Jain, feminist activist and writer New Delhi
  • Seena Viovin
  • SuhasiniMulay, Film personality, New Delhi
  • Shampa Sengupta, Disability and Gender Rights Activist, Kolkata
  • Adv Kamayani Bali Mahabal
  • Sanal Sasidharan
  • Teena Gill, Film maker, New Delhi
  • Subuhi Jiwani
  • Sudha K.F, Central English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.
  • Benny Kuruvilla, New Delhi
  • Deepa Dhanraj, Film Maker
  • Pushpa Achanta, Writer (Bangalore)
  • Vasanth Kannabiran
  • Kirity Roy, National Convenor (PACTI)
  • PT George, Intercultural Resources
  • Sujata Gothoskar, independent researcher and activist
  • AchinVanaik former Dean, School Of Social Sciences, Delhi University
  • IndianSocial Action Forum (INSAF)
  • SmitaVanniyar, School of Media and Culture Studies, TISS
  • SuklaSen, EKTA (Committee for Communal Amity), Mumbai
  • PrafulBidwai
  • Muhammadamen
  • AbhilashB, Communications Specialist, Delhi
  • KalpanaMehta, Indore
  • SomaMarik, School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University
  • Dyuti 
  • SurabhiSharma
  • Dr.K.Lalita, Director Yugantar, a Hyderabad based NGO &Vice-president Anveshi research Centre for Women's Studies
  • SabaDewan, film maker, New Delhi
  • Vani Subramanian, Saheli Delhi
  • Kaveri R I, Hyderabad
  • Geeta Seshu, Consulting Editor, The Hoot, Free Speech Hub.
  • Elizabeth Philip, Sahaja, Kottayam
  • Anivar Aravind , Moving republic, Bangalore
  • Rohini Hensman (writer and activist)
  • Akhil Kumar, Sub-Editor, Youth Ki Awaaz
  • Akshay Pathak
  • Archana B, Bergen, Norway
  • Saba Prateeksha- Musician, and Director Hansadhwani Foundation
  • VIMOCHANA,Forum for Women's Rights, Bangalore
  • AllIndia Students' Associaion, Mumbai;
  • Jan Sanskriti Manch, Mumbai
  • Ram Puniyani, Writer
  • Civic Chandran, Pathabhedam
  • Sara Joseph, Writer
  • K.P. Sasi, Film Maker
  • P. Baburaj, Film Maker
  • Sreemith Shekhar, Film Maker
  • Anand Patwardhan, Film Maker
  • Magline Peter, Theeradesa Mahilavedi, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Meghnath, Akhra, Film Maker, Jharkhand
  • J. Devika, Research Scholar
  • K.E.K. Satish, Writer, Film Maker,
  • Wilfred D'Costa, INSAF, New Delhi
  • Kutti Revathi, Writer, Film Maker, Tamil Nadu
  • Amudhan RP, Film Maker, Chennai
  • Mark Achbar, Film Maker, Canada
  • Leena Patel, New Delhi
  • FTII Students' Association, Pune
  • Asha G, Thiruvananthapuram
  • K. Saradamoni, Thiruvanthapuram
  • Shehna R Shora
  • All Indian Students' Association
  • JNU Students' Union, New Delhi
  • Irfan Engineer, Centre for Study of Society And Secularism
  • Rahul Roy, Film Maker
  • Marcello and Karina Bichara, Brazil
  • PN Gopi Krishnan, Poet
  • VG Thampi, Poet, Writer
  • I. Shanmukhadas, Film Critic
  • Priyanandan, Film Maker
  • Rekha Raj, Writer, Activist
  • Anvar Ali, Poet
  • Musthafa Deshamangalam, Film Maker
  • M. Jisha, Freelance journalist
  • MG Sasi, Film Maker
  • I. Gopinath, Freelance Journalist
  • Satya Sagar, Journalist
  • T. Peter, KSMTF
  • Jagdish Chandra, New Social Alternative, Bangalore
  • Deepu, Pedestrian Pictures, Bangalore
  • Ashok Mathew Philip, SICHREM, Bangalore
  • Dhirendra Pandey, All India Secular Forum, Orissa
  • Vijaysingh Ronald David, National Adivasi Alliance, Karnataka
  • Vasanth Kannabiran, ASMITA Women's Resource Centre, Hyderbad



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