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Jawed Naqvi, senior journalist at Dawn remembers Khurshid’s struggle against fascism

Jawed Naqvi, a senior journalist with the Pakistani daily Dawn, talks about how the Right’s obsession with vigilantism combined with debilitating confusion in the left camp has resulted in the gross misuse of anti-rape laws.

He also highlights how people, like Khurshid Anwar who were openly defiant of all forms of religious fanaticism, and supportive of new laws safeguarding women’s rights are carefully targeted by those who’d prefer attention shifted from “the more institutionalised rape carried out by indoctrinated mobs, for example, in Muzzafarnagar and Gujarat.”

He writes, “….However, he had already been condemned. His leading tormentor was a woman activist who had boarded the Narendra Modi bandwagon. She filmed Anwar’s alleged accuser and a copy of the CD found its way to a malicious TV anchor. Indian laws prohibit showing the picture of a rape victim but law has never deterred the right.

Anwar was still bracing to take the fight to his foes when a leading woman activist from a fellow communist bloc he respected also joined the accusation battery. It broke his heart and he died without being offered a hearing by an ally whom he admired greatly.”

Find the full article here


The Indian Express report on the legal complaint filed by Khurshid’s kin on behalf of Campaign for Khurshid Anwar

Ali Javed on behalf of The Campaign for Khurshid Anwar lodged a formal complaint on Tuesday denying the charges leveled against Anwar.

In the complaint, he highlights the fact that there is enough material evidence in the form of testimonies, audio recordings, personal letters and updates on social media sites etc. to suspect a well-spun conspiracy behind the constant harassment of Khurshid over the course of last few months.

The complaint requests the police to lodge an FIR for offences under sections of false charges of offence (211), defamation (500), abetment to suicide (306) and punishment for sending offensive messages through communication (66 IT Act).

Madhu Kishwar, one of the accused in the complaint, has vehemently denied any role in passing the CD or advertising against Anwar in any way. However, on the crucial questions of,

1. Why she chose to video record the testimony of a girl, who didn’t wish the allegation to be made public, without any attempt to hide her face?

2. Why did she hand over a copy of the CD with such sensitive material to a supposed friend of the girl she didn’t even know?

she has maintained a deathly silence.

Read Indian Express’ report on the complaint in today’s edition.