REPORTS & ESSAYS
State of Siege: Report on Encounters and Cases of Sexual Violence in Bijapur and Sukma districts, Chhattisgarh
On 14 January 2016, a combined team from Coordination of Democratic Rights Organizations (CDRO) and Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) conducted a fresh fact-finding investigation in the Sukma and Bijapur districts of Chhattisgarh. Initially the objectives of the fact-finding mission were to investigate cases of encounter killings, supposed “surrenders” by Maoists and atrocities against tribal women in the villages in the three months since the last fact-finding visit by WSS. However, the intensity and frequency of the reported attacks the team learnt of once they were in the area compelled them to limit the focus of the fact-finding to events that happened in the course of one week, from January 11 to 15.
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