Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Lega Internazionale Donne per la Pace e la Libertà, fondata nel 1915 contro la Prima guerra mondiale
To WILPFERS INDIA
We are deeply afflicted by the loss of a woman so courageous in the defence of women’s rights, Ila Pathak.
The women of WILPF Italy voice their indignation and dismay at what continues to happen to women in India, land of ancient culture and the fatherland of that great defender of human right, Mahatma Ghandi, but today unhappily recognized for the world’s highest number of rapes committed on women.
After the shock and repulsion aroused by the news of the appalling behaviour which continue to accompany male violence, we will not relax our condemnation.
We are convinced that the protest of all the women in the world must be unceasing.
The sight of all those Indian girls demonstrating en masse in streets and public places and defying the wrath and arrogance of their patriarchs, offers us some hope for their future, and we urge the Indian Government not to abandon them!
However we think that death penalty stipulated for the rapist is not the answer and that what is needed is a strong and total commitment to the cultural formation of the younger generation, if it is wished to bring about an inversion of tendency in the mentality of all social classes.
We expect this from the Indian Government.
We add our voice to that of all the women (and men) who are aware of human right, among which are the priorities of the dignity and freedom of women, whatever their age and social condition.
We are convinced that WILPF India, following the example of the great Ila, will continue to remain at the side of Indian women, and to accompany them in defending their dignity.
p.WILPF-Italia (Antonia Sani pres.)
Roma, 20 gennaio 2014