Solidarity Statement by Dalit Penkoottam

 

Dalit Penkoottam

Pembilai Orumai

We strongly protest the verbal attacks directed at Pembilai Orumai* by the Minister of Electricity of the Pinarayi Vijayan government of Kerala and member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) State Secretariat, M. M. Mani. We are of the opinion that this attack is part of patriarchal tendencies protected by organisations like the CPI (M). There have been attempts to justify his attacks from certain quarters by using his caste, educational and regional disadvantages as cover, and by making it seem that he made those statements while speaking against journalists. We condemn such attempts to divert attention from the issue. We demand that the criminal minister be promptly thrown out of the government and that strict legal proceedings be initiated against him.

FOR THE DALIT PENKOOTTAM (WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE)

Adv. K. K. Preetha
Rekha Raj
Sathi Angamali
Mridula Devi S.
Maya Pramod
Dhanya Raman
Dhanya Madhav
Praveena K. P.
Dhanya M. D.
Vaikhari Aryatt
Sonima
Jayasurya
Sunitha Othara
Lincy K. Thankappan
Maya T. K.
Renjini Chellappan
Athira Saji
Sunitha Thoppil

* Pembilai Orumai (Women's Unity) is an all women union which rose out of the Munnar Plantation strike of 2015 which is referred to as a turning point in Kerala's political history. They have been on a hunger strike since 25th April, in protest againt the Kerala Minister's remarks. 

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