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Sikh rights group decries “silence” over 1984 victims


Sarabjit Pandher

Courtesy: THE HINDU



Rights group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), while sending its “deepest condolences” to the family of the Delhi gang rape victim, has questioned the silence of the administration, politicians and the justice system over the rape of women of the Sikh community in broad daylight during the genocide that followed the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.


“BUSES USED”


In a release, the SFJ said it shared the pain of the family who lost her for no fault of her own. During the November 1984 riots, Delhi public buses were used to transport squads that raped Sikh women in November 1984, it alleged.


Responding to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s statement that as a woman and mother, she could understand the protesters’ emotions, the SFJ wondered if she had conveniently forgotten the “vicious cycle of rape and murder let loose against Sikh women in 1984 at the behest of her husband.”


Why did she or Prime Minister Manmohan Singh never visit the hundreds of Sikh victims languishing in “Widow Colony” just a few miles from the Parliament of the greatest democratic country, it asked.


For the last 28 years, successive Indian governments had given open immunity to those who perpetrated violent crimes against Sikh women, it said.


Khap leaders’ remarks


Meanwhile, the Haryana unit of the CPI(M) has taken strong exception to certain utterances by the “so-called Khap leaders.”


They reportedly described most of the rape complaints as fake and consensual.


The party objected to their reported opinion that most of the rape complaints were made for extorting money from the accused persons.


State unit secretary Inderjit Singh, in a statement, expressed grave concern at such “outrageous” remarks, particularly at a time when the entire country was displaying its anger against incidents of rapes and sexual assault on women.


The party also took a serious view of the fact that while cases were being perpetrated unabated, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who holds the Home portfolio, was “maintaining an astonishing silence.”



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Sikhs For Justice is a human rights group based in New York. Why do they have to be the ones to take a stand?

Sikhs in India, especially in Delhi, should be spearheading this effort.

Why do we need enemies, when Sikhs are turning their backs on their own?

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Manmohan Singh, when became Indian PM requested Sikhs to forget 1984 with famous comments "Let's forget 1984, Let's move on".Manmohan Singh, Indian PM comments on Dec. 2012 rape incident "Justice will be done at any cost".

If that girl had been a Sikh, I wonder if he would have said anything at all.

There is a video of his statement on YouTube. At the end he says "Teekh hai?" As if he is doing someone a favor. He's a sell-out puppet.

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If that girl had been a Sikh, I wonder if he would have said anything at all.

There is a video of his statement on YouTube. At the end he says "Teekh hai?" As if he is doing someone a favor. He's a sell-out puppet.

Yes I was thinking the same, only in November when Phoolka tried to raise the issue of the Sikh Genocide, Delhi University first tried to remove him from their grounds.Many thousnds of Sikh girls and women were raped and many abducted in the years 1984 and after, but the majority community in India and even most Sikhs have done nothing to get justice for them.

As the rape case has made headlines around the world, maybe the other Sikh organisations could join SFJ in raising the 1984 Genocide whilst the West is showing interest in Indian human rights issues?

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This is a great advert for India. All human rights groups need to highlight this.

Hundreds of our mothers sisters daughters were raped...but that we are constantly told to forget by Indians. Well my answer to Indians is whether it was one of our or one of yours...we cannot forget. We have always defended the weak and many a time fought to bring back mothers sisters and daughters of any person (be it sikh or hindu). We see them all as our mothers sisters and duaghters....its a shame you as Indians forgot this.

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