Skip to main content
Sabrang
Sabrang
Labour Rule of Law

Delhi Police attacks terminated anganwadi workers and helpers

Harsh Thakor 11 Aug 2022

Anganwadi workers

The Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union of Delhi in recent times have waged a relentless struggle against the barbaric conditions of termination enforced. It recently launched a 38 day strike embarrassing the rulers in their backyard. The Delhi police mercilessly ripped through the peaceful gathering.

Anganwadi workers and helpers in Delhi waged a sustained agitation against the illegal terminations after the conclusion of the 38-day historic strike. In this context, they have repeatedly submitted their demands through various memorandums to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.

In a dialogue with the Lieutenant Governor that occurred on 16th July, these anganwadi caregivers were promised that action will be taken promptly by the Lt Governor on the issue of unconstitutional termination and on imposition of HESMA. After completion of 20 days, anganwadi workers had gathered again peacefully at the Lieutenant Governor’s residence to obtain information about the proceedings so far. But the Delhi Police manhandled the women workers on behalf of BJP and AAP. The Delhi Police unleashed violence against protesting women.

When women workers did not bow down to the threats of the Delhi Police, the police personnel, including male policemen roped the women into police vehicles and took them to the Maurice Nagar Cyber Police Station. Not only were the women treated in a humiliating manner, but even phones of women who recorded police brutality were flung on the ground.. Many anganwadi workers became renderless victims of injuries due to the police brutality, others were profusely bleeding and some women fell unconscious. The women were forcefully detained at the Maurice Nagar Police Station for a few hours and were threatened to withdraw the protest. At around 4:30 PM women workers themselves came out of the police station and they thence commenced a rally. The police personnel again tried to dissuade them but had to ultimately retreat before the women workers, who courageously relented.

A protest rally was organised from Maurice Nagar to Arts Faculty under the banner of Delhi State Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union. The rally concluded at the Arts Faculty where Shivani, president of DSAWHU addressed the gathering. She narrated that the very BJP, which was pretending to be supportive of  anganwadi workers only a few weeks ago, is inciting the Delhi Police to intimidate  the women workers.

The Kejriwal government were unsuccessful in ending the historic strike that went on for 38 days from January 31st this year. It was only after this failure that the Delhi Government in collaboration with BJP was compelled to declare ‘HESMA’ on the strike through an order issued by the Lt. Governor. Both these parties serve a common cause in suppressing labourers and women workers. The BJP has now realised that it cannot defend itself by denying its role in the imposition of HESMA. So the BJP and the Lt Governor of Delhi refuse to address of the Union’s question in regard to this matter. However the anganwadi workers are determined not to surrender without receiving a response from the Lt Governor on the issue of termination and HESMA. Shivani further stated that anganwadi workers will not be forced into submission by the cowardly threats of the Delhi Police. Even though the Delhi Police mercilessly violated the Unions right to raise questions, it is determined to stage a protest at the LG House very soon.

The determination of the Workers is awe inspiring and an example of workers all over India. The struggle is enabling workers to imbibe many political lessons of struggle.

Harsh Thakor is freelance journalist who has covered mass movements all around India and been in touch with working class movements

Courtesy:  https://countercurrents.org

Delhi Police attacks terminated anganwadi workers and helpers

Anganwadi workers

The Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union of Delhi in recent times have waged a relentless struggle against the barbaric conditions of termination enforced. It recently launched a 38 day strike embarrassing the rulers in their backyard. The Delhi police mercilessly ripped through the peaceful gathering.

Anganwadi workers and helpers in Delhi waged a sustained agitation against the illegal terminations after the conclusion of the 38-day historic strike. In this context, they have repeatedly submitted their demands through various memorandums to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.

In a dialogue with the Lieutenant Governor that occurred on 16th July, these anganwadi caregivers were promised that action will be taken promptly by the Lt Governor on the issue of unconstitutional termination and on imposition of HESMA. After completion of 20 days, anganwadi workers had gathered again peacefully at the Lieutenant Governor’s residence to obtain information about the proceedings so far. But the Delhi Police manhandled the women workers on behalf of BJP and AAP. The Delhi Police unleashed violence against protesting women.

When women workers did not bow down to the threats of the Delhi Police, the police personnel, including male policemen roped the women into police vehicles and took them to the Maurice Nagar Cyber Police Station. Not only were the women treated in a humiliating manner, but even phones of women who recorded police brutality were flung on the ground.. Many anganwadi workers became renderless victims of injuries due to the police brutality, others were profusely bleeding and some women fell unconscious. The women were forcefully detained at the Maurice Nagar Police Station for a few hours and were threatened to withdraw the protest. At around 4:30 PM women workers themselves came out of the police station and they thence commenced a rally. The police personnel again tried to dissuade them but had to ultimately retreat before the women workers, who courageously relented.

A protest rally was organised from Maurice Nagar to Arts Faculty under the banner of Delhi State Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union. The rally concluded at the Arts Faculty where Shivani, president of DSAWHU addressed the gathering. She narrated that the very BJP, which was pretending to be supportive of  anganwadi workers only a few weeks ago, is inciting the Delhi Police to intimidate  the women workers.

The Kejriwal government were unsuccessful in ending the historic strike that went on for 38 days from January 31st this year. It was only after this failure that the Delhi Government in collaboration with BJP was compelled to declare ‘HESMA’ on the strike through an order issued by the Lt. Governor. Both these parties serve a common cause in suppressing labourers and women workers. The BJP has now realised that it cannot defend itself by denying its role in the imposition of HESMA. So the BJP and the Lt Governor of Delhi refuse to address of the Union’s question in regard to this matter. However the anganwadi workers are determined not to surrender without receiving a response from the Lt Governor on the issue of termination and HESMA. Shivani further stated that anganwadi workers will not be forced into submission by the cowardly threats of the Delhi Police. Even though the Delhi Police mercilessly violated the Unions right to raise questions, it is determined to stage a protest at the LG House very soon.

The determination of the Workers is awe inspiring and an example of workers all over India. The struggle is enabling workers to imbibe many political lessons of struggle.

Harsh Thakor is freelance journalist who has covered mass movements all around India and been in touch with working class movements

Courtesy:  https://countercurrents.org

Related Articles

Rule of Law

Draconian UAPA provisions, constitutionality challenged in the SC

The most recent challenge to the UA(P)A is a petition filed that makes the case that vague language and arbitrary provisions violate allow governments to abuse powers and violate the fundamental rights of the citizens

Rule of Law

Draconian UAPA provisions, constitutionality challenged in the SC

The most recent challenge to the UA(P)A is a petition filed that makes the case that vague language and arbitrary provisions violate allow governments to abuse powers and violate the fundamental rights of the citizens


Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

Theme

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Campaigns

Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

IN FACT

Analysis

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Archives