Condemning Misinformation and Rumours

The following appeal was issued by us on the 25th of December. We reiterate that we dissociate ourselves from and strongly condemn attempts to name or otherwise target the lady who has made a serious complaint against Khurshid Anwar. We also strongly condemn attempts by some organizations to deliberately over play the targeting of the girl and to introduce a ‘North East angle’ to the discussion. Such obfuscation is clearly being indulged in to divert public attention from their own sordid role in the matter.

If one bothers to check the facts of the case, one would realize that the complainant has been missing in action from Delhi from 24 September, well before any irate comments were put up on Facebook.We are sure the on-going investigation will reveal the reasons for her sudden disappearance from Delhi and the forces responsible for said disappearance.

We condemn attempts to equate the highly unfortunate targeting of the complainant with the orchestrated smear campaign carried against Dr Anwar which forced him to take his life. This smear campaign went on not only on Facebook but also by means of circulation of the CD shot by Madhu Kishwar in towns all over North India. Multiple testimonies to this effect are available on Facebook.

The Appeal –

We are friends, family and well-wishers of the late Dr. Khurshid Anwar. We have come together to keep alive the memory of his signal contribution to peace, secularism and communal harmony in the subcontinent, including his pioneering work in training thousands of volunteers to uphold these ideals over a long career as a grassroots activist.

We are deeply shocked and concerned at the trial by media and social media, which he was irresponsibly subjected to in the last few months, on a matter which had never been subjected to any kind of formal scrutiny by any responsible authority.

We seek to catalyze discussions on these aspects, via blogs, social media as well as public events and in responsible sections of the mainstream press. We strongly affirm the freedom of expression of the press as well as of individuals, but insist that such freedoms place an onus upon all to act with responsibility.

In keeping with this spirit of responsibility, we strongly discourage and dissociate ourselves from any attempts to reveal the identity of, or otherwise target the lady who has leveled serious allegations against Dr Anwar. As his family, personal friends and comrades, we do find it impossible to believe such allegations against a fiercely committed feminist such as himself, but do not presume to judge the matter ourselves.

Anybody who is indulging in any irresponsible statements about the lady in question is only doing a disservice to the memory of Khurshid Anwar. We request all those commenting on the matter to desist from any conjectures and speculation, and let the investigation take its course.

Ali Javed

Meenakshi Sundriyal

Ritwik Agrawal

On behalf of:

The Campaign for Khurshid Anwar

campaignforkhurshidanwar@gmail.com

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