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Wanted! A Responsible Government

The Maoist attack that took place in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on 24 April 2017 left 25 Central Reserve Police Force soldiers and at least one Maoist dead. This is the latest instance in the cycle of violence and counter-violence bet­ween the security forces and the Maoists in the state, which...

Kashmir: Killing Civilians

The Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) is alarmed at how a demand for justice results again in the killing of civilians by a trigger-happy government force in Kashmir. The alleged molestation of a 16-year-old girl on 12 April by a member of the 21 Rashtriya Rifles posted in...

Justice Not Compensation

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) condemns the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government for reducing the quest for justice of the victims of the anti-Sikh carnage of 1984 into a cruel joke by engaging in competition for paying higher blood money to them...

The Police, the Law and Bigotry

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) mourns the killing of 28-year-old Mohsin Sadiqe Sheikh who was beaten to death by 30-40 members of Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) on 2 June in Hadaspar, Pune. Media reports suggest that this was not a senseless crime, of a mob gone berserk at the spur of the...

Brutal Sexual Assault and Murder

Barely have the voices of protests against the sexual assault of four minor girls in Hisar district of Haryana been subdued when another horrific display of sexual violence has occurred in Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Two dalit cousins – both minors – were brutally gang-raped, murdered...

Winning against Odds

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) hails the victory of panels put up by the terminated and jailed workers of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU) in the elections of the workers’ unions held at Gurgaon and Manesar plants on 26 April and 4 May, respectively. These victories are an...

Pathribal: Justice Denied

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) condemns the dismissal of charges by the Army’s 15 Corps against four senior officers, a retired major general, two colonels, a lt colonel and a subedar, belonging to 7 Rashtriya Rifles. The five were accused of abduction and killing followed by...

Maoist Killing of Journalists

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) condemns the Maoist killing of Sai Reddy, a correspondent of the Hindi newspaper Deshbandhu , based in Bijapur in South Bastar, Chhattisgarh, on 6 December 2013. On 10 December 2013 the south regional committee of the Communist Party of India (CPI) (...

A Blow to Equality and Dignity

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) expresses deep disappointment at the Supreme Court ruling making homosexual relations between consenting adults an offence. In an affirmation of the rights of lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) persons, the Delhi High Court in a landmark judgment...

'Pentavalent Vaccination' in Kashmir

The “pentavalent vaccine” for protection against five childhood diseases was introduced in Jammu and Kashmir in February 2013, as part of the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP). Three doses of this vaccine replace the conventional DPT vaccine which protects against three diseases, diphtheria,...

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