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'Contempt of People'

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) expresses deep concern over the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015. On Human Rights Day (10 December 2015), the apex court upheld five disqualifications laid down in the act to particularly exclude those who...

B D Sharma: A Salute

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) mourns the death of Brahm Dev Sharma, one among the rare breed of civil servants who, in service as well as after retirement, continued to stand by the marginalised and the oppressed. Throughout his life, he championed the rights of Adivasis tirelessly...

Slide to Khakistocracy

On 16 November this year, the date observed as the National Press Day, three news dailies in Nagaland ran blank columns in place of editorials. The news dailies picked up the occasion to protest a notification from the Assam Rifles dated 25 October 2015, that was received by six media houses in the...

Stop Convicting People for Singing Protest Songs

In a bizarre move, the Tamil Nadu police arrested S Kovan, a well-known folk singer on charges of sedition (Section 124-A), for promoting enmity between communities (S 153-A) and criminal inti­midation (S 505/1) of the Indian Penal Code. According to news reports, Kovan was picked up at 2.30 am...

Wrongful Incarceration

Recently, a local court in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, acquitted 14 persons who had been arrested on 14 June 2011 on charges of being members of SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) and for holding a banned meeting in a residential house in Khandwa town. The police raiding team said that it had...

Condemn Attacks on Lawyers and Journalists in Bastar

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) is alarmed at the manner in which the Bastar Bar Association, in tandem with the police, is creating legal hurdles for the Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group (JAGLAG) in providing representation to local Adivasis who are harassed as Naxal offenders. Playing on...

Remembering P A Sebastian

P A Sebastian was not only a founding member and lifelong activist of the Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR) in Mumbai, but amongst the first few who laid the foundation of the civil and democratic rights movement in the country. That Sebastian shaped and saw the democratic rights...

A Travesty of Justice

On 15 July 2015, the Maharashtra government announced that it has initiated the process for hanging Yakub Memon. On 30 July 2015 “he is to be hung by the neck till dead.” The announcement seemed inevitable after the Supreme Court had rejected his review petition on 10 April this year. While the...

Intolerance of Dissent

On 22 May 2015, in the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC) was “derecognised” by the Dean of Students following an advisory note received from the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The note from the ministry referred to an anonymous complaint...

Against Cow Slaughter Ban

On 16 March 2015, the Haryana Government unanimously passed the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill with the main opposition parties supporting the bill. The new bill passed by the Haryana government bans cow slaughter and sale of beef, and imposes a punishment of rigorous...

Fake Encounter Deaths--I

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the slapping of cases against activists of a team of several civil liberties and democratic rights organisations from across the country who conducted a fact-finding visit into the recent killings of 20 red sanders “smugglers” in...

Condemn Acquittal in Hashimpura Massacre

On 21 March 2015, a Delhi sessions court accepted that Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel had committed the 1987 murders at Hashimpura, but acquitted the policemen charged on account of insufficient evidence. Twenty-eight years after the brutal massacre of Muslims by state forces, the...

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