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Human Rights in Jammu and Kashmir Annual Review by JKCCS

The Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) has released its Annual Report-2017, A Review of Human Rights in Jammu and Kashmir. According to the report, 2017 saw “an upward surge in human rights abuses” in the valley, despite the fact that militant Burhan Wani’s killing sparked widespread outrage in Kashmir in the year prior…

Afrazul Killing

Fact-Finding Team Rebuts Love Jihad Charge in Afrazul’s killing

Shocking details concerning the murder of Afrazul-a 48 year old migrant labourer from West Bengal by Shambhu Regar, have emerged following a fact-finding by three major groups in Rajasthan. The investigation was conducted by People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Udaipur, Bhilwara and Jaipur district, the MKSS and the members of Rajsamand Mahila Manch between…

Homeless in their Backyard in Gujarat A study about the Internally Displaced Persons of 2002

The 2002 communal riots not only drove Muslims into new ghettos all over the state, they also reduced them to the status of second-class citizens who do not seem to exist for the government. This is the finding of a city-based NGO, Janvikas, which conducted a survey on the status of the minority community in the state after the…

What does it mean to be a Hindu? How the Supreme Court of India has defined Hindus

The term “Hindu” has been defined in the Constitution under Article 25(2)(b) Explanation II as “Hindus shall be construed as including a reference to persons professing the Sikh, Jaina or Buddhist religion, and the reference to Hindu religious institutions shall be construed accordingly” and the various codified Hindu Laws such as The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 (HMA),…

Justice for the Incarcerated Tribals of Jharkand PIL against fake FIRs and false cases against Adivasis

The petition filed by Stan Swamy and others, after a detailed fact finding in Jharkand seeks to enforce the fundamental right to speedy trials of the ignorant and deprived members of the indigenous / downtrodden communities from the scheduled tribes and scheduled castes and other backward classes of Jharkhand facing trials in the courts. Over…

Torture

Ratify Convention Against Torture, Enact Prevention of Torture Bill, 2017: Law Commission

In a major victory for the human rights movement in the country, the Law Commission of India (headed by justice BS Chauhan) has recommended that the Indian government ratify the Convention Against Torture for ratification enact a Prevention of Torture Law. In its 273rd report submitted to the Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad…

The Murder of Pehlu Khan

Pehlu Khan was killed on a busy highway in Rajasthan by a mob of self-proclaimed cow protectors. Now in an exclusive investigation, senior investigative journalist Ajit Sahi has discovered that this was in fact murder. He has also found that the police sabotaged the investigation and engaged in an elaborate cover up. This weakened the…

Gulberg Memorial

  Photos Gulberg Society, Ahmedabad, Februry 27, 2012 Click here for more photos.. St. Xaviers Collage, Mumbai, Februry 27, 2012   Click here for more photos.. Sarva Dharam Sadbhav Kendra, Ayodhya, Februry 27, 2012   Click here for more photos.. SAHMAT, New Delhi, Februry 27, 2012 Click here for more photos.. Malegaon, Februry 27, 2012 Click here…

Bombay riots: Police admits inaction

PEOPLE’S Verdict, a 160-page report of the Indian People Human Rights Tribunal released, along with a well-attended press conference, on August 4th. This is a strong indictment of the Bombay police, the state government and political parties like the Shiv Sena, the RSS and the BJP. The tribunal comprised of three retired judges – Justice…

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