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Update
   Patnekar: Formalin Fish is a critical issue for Goa; Congress wasted two days of Assembly Session, Kavalekar spoiled the opportunity of question on fisheries   Second Day of State Assembly Session adjourned; Opposition leaders continue their demands of formalin fish issue; Speaker Pramod Sawant adjourn the session for second time till Monday 11:30 am   Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo supports action of Congress MLAs; states that formalin fish issue is a critical one, government is not equipped for tests & regular tests were not carried out earlier, everyone should support the cause   Luizinho Faleiro: "No fish loaded truck is seized, government protecting Fish Mafia, have moved resolution demanding to appoint judicial commission to investigate adulteration of food   CM Parrikar :" Fish import has been banned, seven trucks sent back yesterday; today one truck sent back, have asked time to file reply by Monday as two departments are involved, what is the problem?"   Congress leaders say "formalin fish" issue is important; adjournment motion is not disposed by speaker   Second day of State Legislative Assembly begins on a dramatic note, chaos continues as opposition leaders demand discussion on "formalin fish"; speaker Pramod Sawant adjourns the house till 2:30   Chaos at Mapusa Fish market; vendors deny sale of 40 boxes of fish brought from Mumbai; demand proper inspection and test by concerned authorities; two dealers from Mumbai flee from spot   Formalin in fish takes Assembly by storm   It’s official! Fisheries dept has no officer to test fish quality   4 fish-laden trucks stopped at Polem   Karwar fisherfolk enter Canacona with baskets of ‘imported’ fish   Cleaning beaches comes at a price of  `9 cr a year!   Surla goes dry for a month as Collector bans liquor sale

YWCA takes a stand against politicisation, COMMUNALISATION of sexual violence

16th April 2018, 02:05 Hrs

MARGAO: “Let’s stop discriminating against ‘victims of sexual violence’ based on gender, age, caste, creed, religion, region, colour, occupation, situation, behaviour’, was the terse message sent out to all and sundry from the city here on Sunday as a group of citizens under the banner of YWCA demanded justice for Asifa, the Kathua rape and murder victim.  
 The group moved around the Margao Municipal Council garden as it expressed great anguish over the unjustifiable delay in the investigations into the heinous rape and murder of the eight year old Bakerwal girl in Rassana village. “The YWCA is equally concerned over the excessive politicisation and communalisation of an incident which is clearly one of sexual exploitation, sexual brutality and murder. We are also concerned by the brazen manner in which ultra-nationalistic discourse is being used to counter the campaigns for justice and shield the culprits,” remarked Aldei Fernandes.  
 They pointed out that the sequence of events shows that there has been a deliberate attempt by a section from within the government to thwart the process of investigations in the case, right from the time of her disappearance.
“We feel there is a deliberate attempt to hush up the case by building up a communal narrative around the heinous crime and its investigations. Shockingly, the vested interests trying to sabotage the investigations through the communalisation of the crime and its politicization do not only include a fringe right wing group, but also two sitting senior Ministers in the PDP-BJP ruling alliance. Such a situation has further encouraged other political groups to counter the narrative not from the victim’s perspective, but for petty political goals and for fueling the communal discourse,” the YWCA said, while calling upon all political groups to stop the harassment of Asifa’s family.
“As women, we are extremely shocked and appalled by the manner in incidents of gender oppression and appropriated by patriarchal mindsets within and outside the corridors of power to subvert justice and even rob the victims of their victimhood.” 

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