Request to accommodate and extend all support to the Ashram Sisters and Father in Aurobindo Ashram!

Today (27.01.2015), the activists of various Political Parties and Social Movements working in Puducherry  G. Sugumaran, Secretary, Federation for People’s Rights (FPR), Ira. Azhagiri, President, Thamizhar Desiya Iyakkam, G.A. Jegannathan, President, Makkal Vaazhurimai Iyakkam, C.S. Swaminathan. Founder, Puducherry U.T. Students Federation, G. Azhagar, Secretary, Thamizhar Kalam, N.S.K. Abdul Samad, District Secretary, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK), M.A. Asraf, Convener, Thamizha Makkal Jananayaga Katchi (TMJK), A. Pavadairayan, President, Puratchiyalar Ambedkar Thondar Padai submitted a Memotrandum to Lt. Governor, Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, Revenue Secretary and Collector.

On 17.12.2014 after the Puducherry Police executed the Supreme Court Order dated 09.12.2014, evicting the five Prasad sisters from Ambabhikshu House of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the sisters along with their parents decided to sacrifice their lives and committed suicide and two sisters and their mother dead. However sisters Jayashree, Nivedita and Hemlata have survived the traumatic ordeal along with their aged father.

It is with great regret that we wish to point out that the Supreme Court Order dated 09.12.2014 was only directing the All Women Police Station, Puducherry, to evict the sisters from their Ashram residence at Ambabhikshu House. The said impugned Order or any other Order did not take away the inmateship of the sisters nor did empower the trustees to prevent or stop any other facilities like food, clothing, medical, meditation, sports, laundry, etc. as enjoyed by every inmate of the Ashram. However the Trustees of Ashram have once again taken law into their own hands and are continuing to deny the sisters and their father all the other basics required for their survival, even to the extent of stopping them from praying at the Samadhi at the Main Building of Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

It is interesting to note that at the Supreme Court case in W.P. No.695/2014 the Trustees have made statements saying that due to the loss of their three daughters (Arunashri, Rajyashri and Shanti Devi, their mother) the Ashram is in a mess. The Ashram Trustees seem to have forgotten that it is because of them that today the Prasad family is facing such traumatic predicament, which needs to be urgently rectified by them without any hesitation and delay.

Therefore, we request to intervene and direct the Trustees of Ashram to restore each and every facility as enjoyed by all the inmates of Ashram, even shelter/ accommodation at Ashram, for all the surviving members of the Prasad family urgently. Also we request to provide suitable relief amount for one of the sister who is raped in a very pathetic condition and the Honourable Chief Minister has assured in this regard during our meeting on 05.01.2015. The Supreme Court of India has ordered Rs. 5 Lakh for rape victims in many cases. So, we draw your kind attention that the present rape victim sister’s case should be decided positively considering the said facts.

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