LONDON: Greater than 100 predominantly Indian college students, workers and alumnae from Oxford College have issued an announcement accusing “buildings of the UP authorities” of “perpetuating caste oppression and gender-based violence” within the wake of the Hathras incident.
The 117 signatories to the so-called “Oxford solidarity assertion” embrace Indian Rhodes students, the Oxford South Asia Society, Indian college students and lecturers.
Indian college students in Oxford and in London have additionally staged vigils and protests up to now few days in reminiscence of the 19-year outdated Dalit woman who was allegedly gang-raped and left for useless.
The Oxford solidarity assertion says: “We’re deeply involved by the rising circumstances of caste and gender-based violence in India and condemn absolutely the apathy and repression with which the federal government has been coping with them. We wholly condemn the repressive method during which police and authorities authorities in UP have been conducting themselves up to now few weeks.”
It provides: “Notably, abusing and harassing the sufferer’s household, locking up a whole village, and limiting motion of the media, civil society and the political opposition, are all hallmarks of an authoritarian and casteist regime and antithetical to the democratic and constitutional beliefs that India was based on.”
The lady was allegedly gang-raped and assaulted on September 14 by 4 males in a discipline in Hathras district of UP and died two weeks later of her accidents in what the signatories name “one more heinous manifestation of systemic sexual violence and caste-based atrocities in India”.
“The abhorrent and hasty method during which the UP police and administration cremated the Hathras sufferer within the useless of the evening, towards the needs of the household, signifies a sinister design to destroy proof whereas violating the dignity of the sufferer even in her demise,” the assertion reads.
“The UP police’s repeated assertions that there isn’t any proof of rape regardless of a pending investigation not solely betrays a premeditated perspective, but additionally a extreme lack of know-how of the regulation on sexual offences and the duties of the police. Contemplating the present political local weather and developments surrounding the Hathras case, we strongly imagine that the UP authorities’s strikes of establishing a Particular Investigation Group and transferring the case to the CBI are merely tokenistic and solely stand to protect the upper-caste perpetrators of the crime,” the assertion provides.
The signatories admit they’re “upper-caste, upper-class and/or male members of society” however pledge to be “allies within the wrestle for annihilation of such privileges”. “We lend our unconditional help and solidarity to the sufferer’s household, and Dalit and ladies’s organisations in India main the struggle towards the intersecting programs of caste and patriarchy,” they state.
Indian college students at Oxford College held a protest with placards saying “Dalit Lives Matter” and “Dalit Ladies Matter” while a small group of Indian college students from King’s Faculty London (KCL) held a candlelight vigil exterior the Indian excessive fee, at Trafalgar Sq. and the London Eye.
Rhea Kher, president of the KCL Indian Political Society, a pupil from Mumbai, stated: “We held a vigil with a purpose to pay our respects to the deceased whereas additionally spreading consciousness on decrease caste oppression and the atrocities they face.”

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