In a passionate speech, Kavita Krishnan, who is the secretary of the All India Progressive Women's Association
, spoke to the deeper issue behind the protests: the blame-the-victim culture in India around sex crimes.
The activists -- Jean Dreze, a famous Indian economist; Kavita Krishnan of the All India Progressive Women's Association
; Maimoona Mollah, vice president of the All India Democratic Women's Association; Vimal Bhai of the National Alliance of People's Movement -- said in a statement: "The people of Jammu and Kashmir must be allowed to express their protest and gags on them must be lifted."
Earlier today, All India Progressive Women's Association
(AIPWA) also staged protests outside Vasant Kunj police station on Tuesday and submitted a memorandum in connection with the alleged molestation charges against JNU professor Atul Johri.
The All India Progressive Women's Association
(AIPWAA), a coalition of 40 women's rights organizations, called the bill "myopic," saying that it does not address "other issues of women's economic and social security."
The BJP is looking for political mileage in Kerala -- the state where it is a small marginal player," added Krishnan, secretary of All India Progressive Women's Association