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India/Jammu & Kashmir: ‘Even if my community disowns me, I want justice’: Advocate Deepika Rajawat speaks on Kathua case, fighting abuse and hatred

October 21, 2018

File image of Deepika Singh Rajawat. News18

Even as the Kathua rape and murder case became a cause of much religious polarisation earlier this year, advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat sought to transcend those barriers by representing the victim’s family in court. Rajawat has received — and continues to receive — both effusive praise and vitriolic abuse for her decision to take up the case.

On Sunday, she will receive the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice — an initiative of the Harmony Foundation — at an event in Mumbai. She will receive the recognition for “defying threats and intimidation to ensure justice for the underage minor victim of rape and murder”. Speaking with Firstpost, Rajawat said that getting the award is a “source of strength and courage” for her. She also expressed her views on a host of issues including the developments in the Kathua rape and murder case, accountability of the media, the death penalty and the #MeToo movement. Following are edited excerpts from the interview:

What challenges have you been facing since you decide to represent the victim’s family in the Kathua rape and murder case?
The most significant challenge has been that of fighting people from my community. Most people from the majority community are opposed to my stand. I have faced a lot of abuse and threats on social media, which was something I experienced for the first time. However, I have been facing them with pride, because I know that I am fighting for an 8-year-old child. My only motive is to secure justice for her.

I have a daughter who is six years old, and so I can understand the pain of the family of the victim in this case. That is how I approached the family and offered my services as a lawyer. I feel that if I would not have done so, they may not have gotten support from anyone.

However, even after so many months, some people still deal with me as though I have committed some offence. While I have received appreciation in the country and even outside, at many native place, a large proportion of the population have hatred towards me. Perhaps, they feel that I took a stand against my own community and supported another community. However, I feel that as a lawyer, I should focus on the client, and not the religion of the client. Even if people from my community disown me, I want to ensure justice for the child.

https://www.firstpost.com/india/even-if-my-community-disowns-me-i-want-justice-advocate-deepika-rajawat-speaks-on-kathua-case-fighting-abuse-and-hatred-5419141.html

Lawyer-activist at the centre of Kathua row accused of rape, again

https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2018/10/are-political-and-religious-forces-in-india-teaming-up-to-silence-victims-voices/

http://www.kashmirtimes.com/newsdet.aspx?q=84038

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/kathua-victim-s-lawyer-wins-mother-teresa-award-2018/671596.html

https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/other/i-had-to-tell-even-my-brother-to-disown-me/articleshow/66309217.cms

Press Release..

Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat bags Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice -2018.

Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice 2018 honours sexual abuse survivors, persons fighting for empowering women.

The Harmony Foundation hosted the 14th annual Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice (MTMA) at the Taj Lands End, Bandra on Sunday, 21 October 2018 where those who have worked to help rescue women and children from captivity, and also survivors of sexual abuse and slavery who are now leading the fight against this social evil were honoured.

MTMA, instituted in the name of Mother Teresa, is the only award ceremony in the world hosted in her name which is endorsed by the Missionaries of Charity, the organization founded by Mother Teresa.

Several international and national awardees were honoured at the event where the Harmony Foundation raised a battle cry against exploitation and sexual abuse in all forms and vowed to sensitize masses against this evil.

Among those honoured at the MTMA was Adv. Deepika Rajawat, who has valiantly fought to seek justice in the heinous Kathua incident. Speaking at the award ceremony, Dr. Abraham Mathai, the founder chairman of Harmony Foundation said, “It is shocking that despite being in the twenty first century, we are still discussing about women and children being protected against abuse – this just shows that we still have a long way to go. Our aim is to ensure that women and children everywhere can live free from fear of exploitation and never have to face abuse in any form. We have decided to devote our time and effort to rally against abuse of women and children in every form.”

Inspite of intimidation and threats Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat who is working for the protection of Human Rights in the state of Jammu and Kashmir since 2008, has greatly been admired for her selfless act of representing the family of eight year old victim of rape and murder in Kathua that took place in the beginning of this year.

She has been bestowed with prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice, 2018 as support and encouragement to her in the dispensation of justice for the victim of Kathua Board by Harmony Foundation, Mumbai.

Each year, individuals and organisations receive this very prestigious award for exceptional service to humanity; past recipients of which include Nobel Laureates like UNHCR- The Refugee Agency, Malala Yousafzai, HH Dalai Lama, Medicines Sans Frontiers; Nation Premiers like President of Ghana HE Nana Akufo-Addo; Prime Minister of Malaysia HE Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, HH Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs & Intl Cooperation), Baroness Caroline Cox (former Deputy Speaker of the United Kingdom’s House of Lords), Priyanka Chopra (UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Present at the award ceremony were Amruta Fadnavis, who has been active at the forefront in social causes and is the wife of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra; BJP Mumbai chief Mr. Ashish Shelar; patrons of Harmony foundation including noted filmmaker Mr. Mahesh Bhatt and Ms. Soni Razdan; prominent members of civil society and members of the diplomatic corps.

Earlier this year, Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat has been conferred with Women of the Year Award by Indian Merchants Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ladies Wing, Mumbai in June 2018 at Mumbai for her contribution in women welfare initiatives. She has also been awarded with Humanitarian Award 2008 by Trinjan at festival of Mothers and Daughters at Vancouver BC Canada on June 24th 2018.

Deepika has been awarded with Women of the Centaury Award at Salute Success 2018 Thalilulam Block Panchayath Kazhimbram, Kerala on 17th June 2018 at Kochi for being a courageous woman.

Rajawat who has been working for Human Rights specially Child Rights and Women Rights since 2008, has also been awarded with Rippen Kapoor Fellowship in 2008 by Child Rights and You (CRY) for working on the Child Rights Violations in the militancy infested J&K.

She was also awarded with Sonjoy Gosh Media Fellowship by Charkha Foundation in 2008 for conducting study on the Child Rights Violations in the militancy infested areas of Jammu province.

Deepika who is heading Voice for Rights an NGO working for the protection of Human Rights in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is also awarded with Life Saver Award for contributing services for the children suffering from Thalassemia in Jammu by Department of Immunohematology Blood Transfusion & Medicine, Government Medial College Jammu on National Blood Donation day observed across the country on October 1, 2009.

For highlighting the plight of the children in the conflict ridden areas of Jammu region (Jammu and Kashmir) Deepika Singh Rajawat has also received UNFPA -Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2009-10 for Northern region on April 14, 2010 at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

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List of Awardees

Dr. Oby Ezekwesili

Ardent and passionate advocate who is a ray of hope for women in slavery and captivity.

Dr. Nashwa Al Ruwaini

An intrepid and artistic entrepreneur and philanthropist who has remarkably transformed the outlook of women

Nadia Murad

A globally renowned Yazidi survivor and human rights activist who fights to end the use of rape as a weapon of war and armed conflict

Dr. Denis Mukwege

Providing medical, legal, psychological and economic support to the survivors of rape

Sister Lucy Kurien

Working ardently and passionately to restore the dignity of destitute women to lead a normal life.

Salman Sufi

Introducing reforms that have provided legal, medical and counselling services to women who are victims of violence

Tawakkol Karman

Campaigner for the safety of women and right to inclusion in nation building

Laxmi Agarwal

A prolific campaigner and active voice for the victims of acid attack

Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat

Defying threats and intimidation to ensure justice for the underage minor victim of rape and murder

Barefoot College

Equipping rural women with technical skills to advance and modernize their communities

Women for Afghan Women

Integrating women and girls to participate in all spheres of public life as equal citizens

Kiran Mazumdar

A pacesetter who has set an example nationally for women to emulate

Laila Talo Khudher Alali

For overcoming sexual abuse & slavery and being at the forefront in the battle against

sexual exploitation of Yazidi Women

Idris Bashar Silo Taha

Facilitating daring rescue missions inspired by selfless acts of mercy at great personal

risk and safety.

Sonita Alizadeh

A leading advocate against child marriage and fierce campaigner for the education of

the Girl Child

Suhani Jalota

Economically empowering women from marginalized sections of society to become

financially independent

Shahida Akter Shorna

Fighting against child marriage and promoting the right to education of the girl child

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Jammu & Kashmir/India: Activist Talib Hussain granted bail in rape case

October 13, 2018

Hussain was arrested from Kashmir’s Tral area on July 31, less than two hours after a relative of his estranged wife had accused him of rape.

More than two months after he was arrested on rape charges, activist Talib Hussain, who led a campaign seeking justice for an eight-year-old girl who was gang raped and murdered in Kathua district in January, was granted interim bail by a Samba court Friday. Hussain was arrested from Kashmir’s Tral area on July 31, less than two hours after a relative of his estranged wife had accused him of rape. In her complaint, the victim alleged that she was raped by the activist a month-and-a-half ago in Chadwa forest.

Earlier, Hussain’s wife had filed a complaint on charges of domestic violence and attempt to murder against him. However, a high court bench in Srinagar had stayed proceedings in the FIR.

According to official sources, a police team from Samba had visited Tral police station on July 31 and sought assistance to apprehend Hussain in connection with the FIR on domestic violence charges. The police team at that time did not possess a copy of the FIR on rape charges against the activist, they said. The sources said the Samba police deposited a copy of the FIR charging Hussain of domestic violence, though it had already been stayed by the HC.

Samba District and Sessions court granted the bail subject to furnishing a surety bond and personal bond of Rs 5 lakh each.

J&K: Activist Talib Hussain granted bail in rape case

https://www.newsclick.in/kathua-rape-witness-talib-hussain-granted-bail

https://greaterkashmir.com/news/kashmir/talib-hussain-granted-bail/299575.html

https://www.newsclick.in/kathua-rape-witness-threatened-be-killed-custody

India/Jammu & Kashmir: Bring back K-issue on agenda: JKLF (R) to UNHRC

September 23, 2018

“Tramboo of IHRAAM chaired and moderated the event and remarked that civil society and NGOs have been vocal since the inception of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to ensure that the right to self-determination is brought back on its agenda,” the spokesman said.

 

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Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (R) chief patron Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo has stressed upon the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to bring back on its agenda the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.

“Tramboo was presiding over an event entitled ‘Obstacles to the Right of Self-Determination’ on the side-lines of the 39th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The session was conducted by the International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IIHRAAM) in collaboration with International Commission for Human Rights (ICHR),” a spokesman of the Front said , in a statement.

“Tramboo of IHRAAM chaired and moderated the event and remarked that civil society and NGOs have been vocal since the inception of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to ensure that the right to self-determination is brought back on its agenda,” the spokesman said.

“The special guest at the event was a noted lawyer and human rights activist advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat who represents the parents of eight-year-old Kathua  rape and murder victim. She stressed on the importance of raising a unified voice for the oppressed even in the face of opposition from one’s own community as she has faced due to her involvement in the case. She declared that human rights work goes beyond race, religion and gender,” the spokesman said.

https://greaterkashmir.com/news/kashmir/bring-back-k-issue-on-agenda-jklf-r-to-unhrc/297306.html

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/at-un-rajawat-seeks-support-against-women-abuse/655649.html

Jammu & Kashmir/India/Pakistan: Jammu Lawyers stage protest, accuse Pakistan of supporting terror

September 14, 2018

Lawyers protest against petrol price hike

J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu held a strong protest/demonstration at the District Court Complex, Jammu, against three burning issues viz i) Price hike in Petrol, Diesel & other essential commodities which is badly affecting the people of the country (ii) Recent Militants attack at Jhajjar Kotli & (iii) Organized attack by some political parties on the independent functioning of the judiciary for seeking favour by protesting in streets against the case which is pending in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India- rather than making submissions during the course of hearing in such matters in the court.
B.S.Slathia while addressing the gathering stated that hike in the prices of essential commodities including Petrol, Diesel, Vegetables and other eatables is badly affecting the people of the country and the present dispensation has totally failed to control and arrest the tendency of hike in prices which is making the common man as victim of the same.
Slathia while addressing the gathering further stated that it is a matter of great pride for all of us that the security forces have very bravely countered the recent militants attack at Jhajjar Kotli and succeeded in eliminating all of them . He strongly condemned this act of cowardness by the militants which took place at Jhajjar Kotli, and cautioned the authorities to identify the sleeper cells who are active in an around Jammu so that the peaceful atmosphere is maintained and not allowed to be vitiated at the instance of supporters of such like elements. Mr. Slathia further stated that the Association is on record in cautioning the authorities for identifying the sleeper cells in Jammu when the Army Camp Sunjwan was attacked in February, 2018 by the militants from across the Boarder. The activities of these sleeper cells in active connivance of certain elements is a matter of grave concern and requires to be dealt with by the authorities seriously to avoid such attacks. The Association thankfully acknowledged the acts of bravery & courage shown by the members of the security forces at the cost of their lives in fighting these militants.
Slathia further stated that some Kashmir Centric political parties instead of participating in the local Bodies and Panchyat Elections are busy in compaining to boycott the elections not only of Local Bodies but of Assembly & Parliament as well which runs contrary to the basic concept of Democracy. It is worth-while to mention that the decision of the State Government to hold Local Body/ Panchyat Election is a welcome step as it shall strengthen the Democracy at gross root level.

http://www.thenorthlines.com/jammu-lawyers-stage-protest-accuse-pakistan-of-supporting-terror/

https://www.theweek.in/wire-updates/national/2018/09/14/nrg17-jk-protest-lawyers.html

https://www.devdiscourse.com/headlines/Article/180649-lawyers-stage-protest-accuse-pakistan-of-supporting-terror-activities-in-j-k

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/lawyers-protest-against-petrol-price-hike/652900.html

Jammu & Kashmir/India: Doda lawyer Babur again arrested, family says no charges against him

Doda’s hero, Advocate Babur, arrested under PSA

The family members of a lawyer from Doda alleged that their son has been detained by the Jammu and Kashmir Police without any ‘charges’.

Advocate Hassan Babur Nehru, who is a social and human rights activist in Chenab Valley, was earlier booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and was released after spending seven months in jail on the orders of High Court.

Last year, the family says, he was also implicated in a false and fabricated case in which he was discharged by the court.

Police detained him near Assar block of Doda and later shifted him to a Police station in Parade Jammu. According to sources, he was presently lodged in Trikuta Nagar Police station.

“He was in a Ramban court to resolve a marital dispute with his wife and was carrying 3 lakh rupees with him. The matter was deferred and he was on his way home when the police detained him,” said Babur’s mother, Farida Begum.

The family demanded immediate release and alleged police of fabricating false cases and putting him in jail on one pretext or the other.

IGP Jammu, S.D Singh Jamwal said: “He is named in various FIRs and legal action will be taken against him.”

https://kashmirlife.net/doda-lawyer-babur-again-arrested-family-says-no-charges-against-him-185521/

http://www.risingkashmir.com/news/doda-lawyer-babur-again-arrested-family-says-no-charges-against-him—

https://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/jammu/doda-based-lawyer-detained-without-charges/256890.html

https://kashmirobserver.net/2018/local-news/doda-lawyer-hassan-babur-arrested-againfamily-says-no-charges-against-him-35858

https://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/kashmir/family-of-detained-doda-lawyer-disallowed-meeting/295866.html

India/Kashmir/Canada: Deepika Singh Rajawat invited to Canada event

June 22, 2018

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Deepika Singh Rajawat-the lawyer of Kathua rape and murder case, has been invited to participate in the 16th annual Mothers and Daughters Festival in Surrey, British Columbia Canada.
The festival which is also known as ‘Mela Mawan Dhiyan Da’ will begin on June 24th. She will also be honored in the event for fighting injustice and working for underprivileged class of the society.
Organizers have provided air ticket expenditure besides her accommodation and meals for three nights in Canada.
The lawyer is expected to share her views with some media organizations and also she will get an opportunity to speak at other public forums.
Invitation letter reads that “You will inspire countless other women to stand up and make a difference in the world.”
Deepika Singh Rajawat is counsel for the family of the eight-year-old girl, raped and murdered in Kathua district.

http://www.risingkashmir.com/news/deepika-singh-rajawat-invited-to-canada-event-328004.html

https://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2018/06/19/kathua-lawyer-kerala-gives-her-strength-in-the-face-of-threats.html

https://www.dailyo.in/politics/gauri-lankesh-hindu-janajagruti-samiti-parshuram-ashok-wagmare-kathua-unnao-hindutva/story/1/24939.html

India/Kashmir: ‘How can we develop as a nation when we are raping infants?’

June 14, 2018

‘How can we develop as a nation when we are raping infants?’

The advocate in the Kathua rape case fears for her safety but says she will continue the good fight

Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat has not had it easy, ever since she took up the case of an eight-year old girl who was raped and murdered in Kathua in Jammu Kashmir: ostracised by the bar association and called names. But her resolve keeps her going. The young advocate came to Mumbai to receive the Woman of the Year award by the Indian Merchant Chambers Ladies Wing of Commerce and Industry. She enrolled as a lawyer in 2009 with the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and served as member of the Juvenile Welfare Board for Jammu district from 2010 to 2013. She tells The Hindu of her isolation and says she fears for her safety.

Did you always want to take up law?

Oh yes. I have always wanted to fight. Fight a fight through the law; fight inside court. And I am doing just that. I love my work.

How did life change after you took up the Kathua case?

So many things happened. I am being told I am ‘anti nationalist’. If supporting a child is being anti nationalist, then I will wear it as a badge. The J&K Bar is treating me very badly and has ostracised me. I am being isolated. I had a problem looking out for a home, now I have one and have a problem looking for a place to work.

Is it because you are a woman?

Yes, and more than that because I am a Hindu supporting a Muslim.

Do you fear for your safety?

Yes, because right now everyone is watching but if they get a chance they will definitely cause me damage. I am not scared because I am protected by my god and I believe that a supernatural power protects everyone.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-mumbai/how-can-we-develop-as-a-nation-when-we-are-raping-infants/article24158650.ece

https://www.mid-day.com/articles/deepika-rajawat-threats-have-shifted-form/19516179

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-kathua-lawyer-gets-imc-woman-of-the-year-award-2624767

https://www.pagalparrot.com/emma-watson-shared-deepika-singh-rajawat-photo-unnao-rape-case-lawyer.html

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/honouring-the-game-changers-imc-ladies-wing-felicitated-women-who-made-a-difference/articleshow/64628105.cms

https://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2018/06/19/kathua-lawyer-kerala-gives-her-strength-in-the-face-of-threats.html

https://ebela.in/national/deepika-singh-rajawat-has-honoured-with-woman-of-the-year-award-dgtl-1.813135 (HINDI)