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Thursday, 1 July, 2004

Action Alert - Action Alert - Action Alert

Since the brutal attack on Kailash Satyarthi and his colleagues by circus mafia some two weeks ago and the worldwide demand and concern for urgent action, the Government of India has not been able to provide any police protection to him. The threat to his and his family's life continues since intimidating phone calls are being received. Also, several false cases have been registered against him in Gonda district.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) has falsely complained that Satyarthi had conducted the raid in the circus on his own. However, the truth is that on the complaint of Satyarthi, SDM and Station Officer (SO) were instructed by the District Magistrate (DM) to conduct the raid in circus and rescue the children. Satyarthi and his colleagues from Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), few parents and media persons were asked to accompany them.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) showed a signed fake letter written on Satyarthi's behalf on BBA letterhead where Satyarthi was shown to be demanding money from the circus owners. Further, it is clear that the local administration and police officials have connived with the circus owners to malign and involve Satyarthi in forged cases.

In the worst of declarations, the Assistant Labour Commissioner gave a clean chit to the circus owner stating that no irregularity was found in the circus and that Satyarthi wanted to open a circus academy and had come to demand few artists from the circus. Such a declaration is strictly against the service rules of government officials.

In a startling revelation, we have come to know through local media and activists that altogether a different set of young girls and women were brought to Great Roman Circus on the night of the raid. They were forced to write a statement that they are happy working in the circus. Few girls from this fresh bunch figured in the twelve girls released and taken back by the Nepalese authorities on June 26, 2004.

Only two out of eleven girls for whom we received complaints from parents and subsequently conducted the raid, are included in the released twelve girls. The remaining nine are still missing. The circus owner openly admitted that these girls have been removed and transported to one of the half a dozen circuses run by him.

In a recent development, Satyarthi wrote to the Home Secretary, Uttar Pradesh, requesting for an immediate CBI enquiry of the entire episode. BBA has filed a Habeas Corpus petition in the High Court in Lucknow for the immediate restoration of the missing girls. The parents of the missing girls and rape victim are with us in this.

The way Satyarthi and his organization have been victimized legally and in other ways is hampering and damaging our activities in no uncertain ways.

ONCE AGAIN, WE REQUEST YOU TO KEEP UP YOUR PRESSURE ON THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT to:

- Demand for immediate release of girls still trapped in the circus.

- Demand for immediate police protection to Kailash Satyarthi and his family.

- Demand for immediate CBI enquiry into the whole incident.

Please use the following contacts:

Dr. Manmohan Singh
Hon'ble Prime Minister
Government of India
South Block
New Delhi-110001
Ph: 91 11 23012312, 23018939
Fax: 91 11 23016857
Email: pmosb@pmo.nic.in

Shivraj Patil
Hon'ble Home Minister
Government of India
North Block
New Delhi-110001
Fax 91 11 23094221, 23093750

For details please visit www.globalmarch.org.


Child Labour & Education Kinderarbeid & Onderwijs HOME Landelijke India Werkgroep

India Committee of the Netherlands / Landelijke India Werkgroep - July 2, 2004