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WOMEN S MOVEMENT-Women and Police

Biren Roy SOME recent judgments by the Criminal Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court, in respect of certain cases filed against police officials have shocked and surprised not only the complainants but also large segments of democratic opinion.

WOMEN- Keeping the Home Fires Burning

carrying placards, 'Women are not for burning', 'Nariyon dahej ka shikar mut bano', and shouting slogans, Jo samaj nari ko jalata hai, Woh samaj badalna hai', took out a protest march in Model Town, Delhi. The protest march ended at the upper middle-class house of Satpal Singh Anand, whose wife Tarvinder Kaur had been burnt to death on May 17. In her dying statement, 24-year old Tarvinder, married only five months earlier, had stated that her mother-in- law and sister-in-law had poured kerosene on her and set her afire. According to Tarvinder's father, her inlaws were pressing for Rs 10,000 for the expansion of their motor spare parts business. While the protesters shouted, 'Boycott the Anand Family', and 'Punish the killers of Tarvinder Kaur', inside an old uncle of the inlaws family sat chanting the 'paath' for the burnt daughter-in-law. The demonstration was organised by a newly formed group of women activists, 'Stree Sangarsh', and was followed by a similar demonstration on June 12, this time at the Boat Club, organised by another women's group 'Naari Raksha'.
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