Condemning attempts to malign or vilify the complainant and the accused.

We reiterate our strong condemnation of any attempts to malign, vilify, reveal the identity of or otherwise target the complainant who has brought serious charges against the late Dr. Khurshid Anwar.

We dissociate ourselves from anyone doing so. Members of Campaign for Khurshid Anwar have not been responsible for any such statement. We had issued an appeal stating the same on the 25th of December 2013, which was published by Kafila.org and Bargad.org. Please find the appeal here:

http://kafila.org/2013/12/25/an-appeal-for-restraint-to-all-by-the-family-and-friends-of-khurshid-anwar/

We have constantly stated that justice for both parties can only be achieved through a thorough investigation without assuming the guilt of either the accused or the accusers. We have filed a police complaint demanding the same and are keen to have the due process of law followed for justice in this case, both for the complainant and Dr. Anwar. We want a free and fair investigation and trial in this case. Our demands have been as follows:

1. A thorough and objective probe into the matter, without assuming the guilt of either the accused or the accusers, including but not limited to the entire chain of events unfolding on Facebook and the events pertaining to the distribution of the CD shot by Ms. Madhu Kishwar. Which interests were involved in the energetic distribution of the CD in various towns of north India within a short period of time? Who was financing this operation? There are many questions, answers to which can only be unearthed by a competent investigation.

2. Action, within the ambit of the legal and regulatory framework in place, against those actors on social media and broadcast media who vilified Dr Anwar even before charges had been framed, ultimately pushing him to suicide.

3. The formulation of a transparent set of guidelines on crime reporting by TV news, to preserve the dignity of both the accusers and the accused, and to prevent cases of ‘trial by media’.

We believe that the talk of invoking ‘rape shield’ is valid when it comes to Madhu Kishwar and others for video-recording the girl’s statement with her face exposed, for revealing the name of the girl and distributing the CD through North India.

We also want the above mentioned people to be brought to book for the vilification and identification of both the complainant and the accused.

There are attempts to obfuscate the due process of law to protect the interests of those who revealed the girl’s name and face, distributed the CD of her recording and created a social media trial. There are also attempts to introduce a regional angle to the same to needlessly politicize the issue.

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