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I will not rest until Rohith gets justice: Radhika Vemula

It has been two years since Radhika Vemula’s son Rohith, a PhD student of Hyderabad University, committed suicide… an act that has been called an ‘institutional murder’ because of the discrimination suffered by Dalits students in Indian institutes of higher education. Today Radhika, a fearless Human Rights Defender, tells CJP how she is coping with her…


Jignesh Mevani and Umar Khalid File Petition Against FIR in Bombay HC

Recently elected independent MLA, Jignesh Mevani and student leader Umar Khalid have separately challenged the malafide actions of the Pune police in booking them for making  inciteful speeches. Both have filed writ petitions in the Bombay High Court praying for a quashing of the malafide FIRs against them. Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), a…


He Had a Dream

In the language of social justice today, when ‘allyship’ is and should be actively discussed, one can think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a civil rights leader who not only campaigned because, as an African American, he was oppressed, but also campaigned for others not like him who were also oppressed, albeit in…


Building Lives after Domestic Abuse

In 2017, the Supreme Court of India stopped short of formally calling women ‘liars’. The judges, Adarsh Kumar Goel and Uday Umesh Lalit were presiding over the case of Rajesh Sharma vs. State of UP. The aggrieved woman charged that she was married to the accused and that her father gave dowry as per his…


भड़काऊ भाषण रोकने के लिए किस तरह करें एफ़.आई.आर. दर्ज

पिछले कुछ दिनों से यह संकेत आ रहे हैं कि कुछ राज्य अपने संवैधानिक कर्तव्य के प्रति जागृत हुए हैं, वे धार्मिक अल्पसंख्यकों के खिलाफ घातक भगवा एजेंडा के तहत ज़हरीले भाषणों के द्वारा व्यवस्थित रूप से फैलाई जाने वाली नफरत,जो किसी भी हिंसा की शुरुआत होती है, को रोकने का प्रयास करेंगे. इस संबंध में चिन्ताशील नागरिकों…


यूँ बनती है नफ़रत की दीवार

2018 का पहला दिन और सैकड़ों की तादाद में भगवा झण्डे लिए समूह ने भीमा कोरेगाँव युद्ध स्मारक पर हमला बोल दिया. दलित, जो हर साल 1 जनवरी को भीमा कोरेगाँव युद्ध के शहीदों को याद करने जमा होते हैं, वे इसहिंसा से भौचक्के रह गए और खुद को बचाने का प्रयत्न करने लगे. उसके…


Saffron Conspiracy in Bhima Koregaon?

On January 1, 2018, thousands of Dalit families that had gathered at Bhima Koregaon to pay homage to the Dalit Mahar martyrs of the Anglo-Maratha war of 1818, were targeted and attacked by members of extreme right wing Hindutva groups. The saffron goons not only pelted the Dalit gathering, where there were thousands of women…


Procedure not Privilege, Assigning Cases in the SC Roster

Four Judges of Supreme Court, J Chelameshwar, J Ranjan Gogoi, J Madan B. Lokur and J Kurian Joseph wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of India addressing their concern about the way allocation of few cases has been done by the Hon’ble Justice of India. In the letter they have said the convention of recognizing…


When the Government tried to browbeat the Judiciary

Close to two years ago, 15 months after the Modi government was sworn to power, an unholy controversy had arisen over the Modi regime’s open moves to influence India’s Supreme Court. Then attorney general, Mukul Rohatgi had made a series of aggressive, even controversial arguments in the Indian Supreme Court arguing for a supremacy of…


India’s Justice League: 4 judges defend democracy, question nepotism in SC

Four of the five senior most judges in the Supreme Court –five of whom constitute its Collegium—have in an unprecedented move-challenged the CJI for alleged nepotism in assigning cases to pre-chosen benches in a press conference held in New Delhi. Four of the five senior most judges of the Supreme Court – Justices J Chelameswar,…


Has ‘Bombay’ healed?

“To find a lasting social peace you have to acknowledge that something wrong happened, and society has to offer some reparation for it.” Teesta Setalvad said about the Bombay riots of December 1992-January 1993 and Gujarat riots of 2002 in an interview last year. While the state reacted promptly in convicting Muslims in case of…


Join CJP’s campaign to quash False Cases against Adivasis in Odisha

CJP is focusing its resources in helping Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) being targeted with false cases for fighting from the ground, to negotiate the Indian legal system and continue the good fight. Battling False and Mala-fide cases in the Courts is a Special Focus Action Area of CJP. CJP has been following up the developments…


Bombay Riots Timeline

The violence during the Bombay Riots of 1992-93 occurred in two phases, escalating to its peak between Jan 5 and Jan 9, 1993. This timeline documents key instances of rioting and violence that took place on each day of both those phases. [TIMELINE-24496]   Help CJP Act on the Ground: Citizens Tribunals, Public Hearings within…


Dark Clouds over the City of Dreams

Few events in history change the face of cities in a manner not recognizable. ‘Bombay’, now Mumbai has been long known for its cosmopolitan fabric. Every day lakhs of people migrate to ‘Bombay’ with a thousand dreams. Some want to make it big in the Bollywood, some just want to earn a living. The city,…


Understand what constitutes Hate Speech

There are at long last some indications that a few states at least are awakening to their constitutional duty to control the insidious saffron agenda of systematically spreading hatred against religious minorities as a prelude to violence. A countrywide action in this regard by concerned citizens and groups could go a long way in checking…


Jharkhand HC Admits Petition on Mass Incarceration of Adivasis & Dalits

After several preliminary hearings, the Jharkand HC has admitted the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the Persecuted Prisoners Solidarity Committee [PPSC] on under-trial prisoners in the jails of Jharkhand. Several thousands of them, mostly Adivasi and Dalit youth, who have been languishing in prison because their trials have been deliberately prolonged. If speedy trial had…


Dalit Forest Rights Activist Shobha demands action against minor son’s Illegal Detention

Shobha, a resident of village Baadi, post Daala, and district Sonebhadra, is one of the key women leaders of the ongoing people’s movement in the Sonebhadra district against the illegal construction of the Kanhar dam. She is also part of the movement to implement the Forest Rights Act, 2006. She has now alleged that she is being…


Anatomy of a Hate Crime

The narrative of mass violence targeted against India’s religious minorities has always been preceded and accompanied by a conscious and deliberate attempt to manipulate its chronological and historical narrative. This was visibly and sharply so with the post Babri Masjid demolition violence countrywide but especially the bouts that convulsed Bombay from the afternoon of Sunday,…


How Hate Builds

On the first day of 2018, Saffron flag bearers attacked the Bhima Koregaon Battle Memorial in large numbers. Dalits who come to Bhima Koregaon every year on January 1 to pay respects to the martyrs of the battle were caught off-guard and resisted the attacks spontaneously. The next few days saw an immaculate and organic upsurge of the resistance…


Upward surge in Human Rights Violations in the Valley: JKCCS

The Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), in its annual report for 2017, mentions the “upward surge” of human rights violations in the valley last year. Particularly in the efforts of pushing back against dissent, according to the report, “the authorities continue to use [sic] Public Safety Act (PSA) as an instrument to suppress…


Suicide: Risk Factors, Warning Signs and Coping Mechanisms

When thinking of some of the most extreme things that can happen to “life”, one often thinks of death. Even though it is an important aspect of life, we refrain from talking about it. The fact is that one cannot fully live life without considering the possibility of death. However, talking about death, how and…


Human Rights in Jammu and Kashmir

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…


कुछ अनोखे प्रेम पत्र

सावित्रीबाई फुले यकीनन भारत की पहली महिला शिक्षिका और मुक्तिदाता थीं जिन्हें इतिहास ने लगभग भुला दिया है, 176 साल पहले 1831 में उनका जन्म हुआ और 3 जनवरी उनका जन्मदिन है, विभिन्न जातियों की लड़कियों के लिए पहले विद्यालय की स्थापना भाईडेवाड़ा, पुणे (ब्राह्मणों का गढ़) में करने वाली, क्रांतिज्योति सावित्रीबाई, अनेक रूप से…


As Woman, Citizen and a Muslim: How Courts Have Treated the Hadiya Case

The Indian judiciary has gained a reputation for its tenuous tussles with the concept of religion. Interfaith marriages and religious conversion have been met with suspicion and convolutions ‘born as the result of a macabre mating ritual between patriarchy and bigotry’. ‘Love Jihad’ has been woven into a dominant caste Hindu narrative of religious extremism,…


Safdar, We Need You!

Safdar Hashmi was a communist playwright and director, best known for his work with street theater in India. He was also an actor, lyricist, and theorist, and he is still considered an important voice in Indian political theater. He was a founding member of Jana Natya Manch (People’s Theatre Front; JANAM for short) in 1973, which grew out…


इस नए साल का डर से नहीं हिम्मत से स्वागत करें महिलाएं

नए साल की शाम अक्सर भारत में महिलाओं के लिए बुरी यादें छोड़ जाती है. हालांकि 2016 में बेंगलुरु में महिलाओं से हुई सामूहिक छेड़छाड़ अभी भी हमारी याददाश्त में ताजा है, मुंबई, जो शहर अपने अपेक्षाकृत सुरक्षित माहौल के लिए जाना जाता है, वहां भी ऐसी घटनाएं हुई थी. भारत में यौन उत्पीड़न और बलात्कार के…


Plight of the Stateless Rohingya People

The Rohingya people have been living a ‘stateless’ existence for several years now. Originally residents of the Arakan region in Rakhine province of Myanmar, many have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh and even India due to persecution at the hands of the Buddhist majority government. Many Rohingya have…


Dissent and Democracy in India

Voices of dissent are being crushed with impunity in India. How will democracy flourish?   Related stories: Criminalisation of Dissent


मानवाधिकारों के संघर्ष में सोशल मीडिया का योगदान

मानवाधिकारों का संघर्ष बहुत पुराना है, लेकिन सोशल मीडिया ने इसमें नई जान डाल दी है। आइये जानते हैं कि इस सन्दर्भ में प्रसिद्ध मानवाधिकार कार्यकर्ताओं कि क्या राय है।   नर्मदा बचाओ आन्दोलन तथा आदिवासियों के जल-जंगल-ज़मीन के लिए हो रहे कई संघर्षों से जुड़ी मेधा पाटकर जी का मनना है कि देश भर…


Lynching Timeline

There has been a spate of violence against minorities and oppressed sections of society over the last three years. However, what is most glaring is not just the audacity of the crimes, but how the assailants have started attacking in packs instead of individuals engaging isolated incidents of violent crime. ‘Lynching’ has become common and…


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