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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,...

Futility of Capital Punishment

The judgment on the 16 December 2012 Delhi gang rape case awarding death penalty to all four accused seems to have brought finality to the cries for justice. While this judgment is found to be in consonance with the majority’s demand, Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) yet again reaffirms...

Criminalising Dissent

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) unequivocally condemns the undemocratic ways of the Odisha government in trying to further corporate interests under the rhetoric of deve­lopment, subjecting the locals to repression, displacement and a threat to survival. The arrest of Abhay Sahu, leader...

Suppressing Protest

We are witnessing a different “culture of democracy” where the right to protest is increasingly becoming not just an empty notion, in fact, protest itself is being turned into an offence. The recent mass arrest of members and activists of 17 peasant and worker organisations in Punjab as a...

Throttling Freedom in Kashmir

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the imposition of curfew accompanied by a blanket gag on all media, including television, print and online, in the Kashmir Valley following the hanging of Afzal Guru on 9 February. On 9 February, Kashmir Valley was placed under a pre-...

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