Bebaak Collective (Voice of the Fearless) condemns the arbitrary, malicious and blatant attack by filing an FIR against the Lawyers Collective.
According to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), it registered the case of violation of Foreign Contributions Regulations Act (FCRA), criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust against Lawyers Collective, after receiving the Home Ministry report in this regard.
Lawyers Collective for more than 35 years of its existence has taken up the leading steps in gender rights and civil rights and fought for equality and justice for all and specifically for minority women. Senior SC Advocate Indira Jaising and Advocate Anand Grover have been instrumental voices in the struggle for the marginalized minority communities. Furthermore, Lawyers Collective has supported the grassroots civil rights and human rights movements since decades. They have contributed immensely and consistently for the constitutional rights and its discourse where the marginalized sections are suffering oppression by the state and the community.
The two most significant legal cases in recent time are fighting by the Lawyers Collective in the perspective of Muslim women’s rights and entitlements to be mentioned here are against triple talaq and female genital mutilation case. The verdict against triple talaq was a landmark case where Muslim women are finally able to fight for their equal rights and entitlements towards empowering themselves; Lawyers Collective fought the petition relentlessly against this discrimination and its defeat. In the issue of genital mutilation, the Bohra Muslim women have come forward on this issue which has been immensely supported by Lawyers Collective through their legal direction to them. In the name of protection and elevating the patriarchal interests of regressive religious practices, the young girls from this community have faced sexual violence. Lawyers collective has provided legal support to these women and taken part in the struggle to stop these violence against women. Moreover, it needs to be mentioned that in the recent past, LC have represented in the landmark judgment of Sabrimala temple, scrapping of Section 377 of the IPC, decriminalizing the draconian law against women for adultery, and in the matter of the alleged sexual harassment case against the CJI against the gender violence, discrimination and to uphold gender equal rights.
Lawyers Collective had taken up cases against the the Government of India, including the present Home Minister Amit Shah, in the Sohrabbuddin case, amongst others. Since the past five years, there has been an increase in attacks on dissenting voices using State Machinery. The charges have been mentioned seem vindictive to quell any form of dissent or resistance by human rights activists in this society. It is clear that the government wants to target the organization and its office bearers to silence them for the cases and issues that they have taken up in the past and in the present since 2016.We are being a women’s rights collective wants to condemn and express our shock, dissent against the suspension of LC’s license and this blatant attack of the right to representation of all persons particularly the marginalized. We further demand that the criminal offences should be dropped immediately. The State cannot continue this arbitrary and systematic suppression of human rights and the raised voices against the violation.
All Muslim Women grass Activist, Researcher, Campaigner and survivals to solidarity Stand with Lawyers Collective.
Khairunisa Pathan And Samina Diwan, Reshma Vohra , Afsana Shaikh, Roshan Malek,Godhra wala Amena, Syed Nilifar, Ayesha Kohkar, Anisha Makwa– Gujrat
Shabina Mumtaz, Hamida Khatoon,Rubina Khatoon, Shadaab Jahan,Kahkashan Beg, – Uttar Pardesh
Hasina Khan, Shabana Diler Sabah Khan, Aarefa Johri, Naseem Naik, Salma Ansari ,Anjum, ,Shagufta, Saira Arab, Yasmeen Aga, Ayesha Khan,Kausar Shaikh – Maharashtra
Sana Contractor, Masooma Ranalvi (Speak Out) – Delhi
Nazma Iqbal and Abeeda khatoon – DehradunAkhtari Begum – Bihar,