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Bandna Parab: A festival that celebrates light and life

This report is part of CJP’s Grassroots Fellowship Program, and has been written by Mohammed Ripon Sheikh, who hails from Birbhum district. Here Sheikh brings to life Bandna Parab, celebrated by the Adivasis of Chota Nagpur plateau area along the West Bengal-Jharkhand border.   Around the same time most parts of the country celebrate Diwali, the festival…


UP’s Anti-Love Jihad law: Is it Constitutional?

The new Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020, that received the Governor’s assent late November, has already led to two people being booked under it. After Uttar Pradesh, States like Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Assam are planning to come up with similar ‘anti-Love Jihad’ laws to criminalise religious conversions by marriage. An…


Ramifications of SC judgment on CCTVs in Police Stations

A Facebook Live discussion was organised by Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) with Senior Counsels and human rights advocates Nitya Ramakrishnan and Mihir Desai and veteran Rights Advocate Henri Tiphagne on December 3, 2020. It was moderated by CJP secretary Teesta Setalvad. The exclusive discussion started with welcoming the recent judgment of Paramvir Singh Saini…


Kashmiri Pandits fast unto death suspended, Sanjay Tickoo critical

The Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS) was forced to suspend its hunger strike on its 11th day, as the health condition of KPSS president Sanjay Tickoo, who has been spearheading the movement, was getting critical. Tickoo and two other KPSS activists had taken the extreme step of a fast-unto-death as previous demands to implement urgent…


SC order on CCTVs in Police Stations: Firm stand against Custodial Torture

The Supreme Court has passed a detailed and specific order directing states and the centre to take concrete steps towards ensuring that every police station in the country and all investigating agencies have CCTV cameras in their premises. The bench comprising Justices RF Nariman, KM Joseph and Aniruddha Bose have ordered setting up of state…


TN custodial death report establishes complicity of police, hospital staff and jail authorities

The horrifying incident of the custodial death of a father and son due to torture in custody, is still fresh in people’s minds. In June, Jeyaraj (60) and Benicks (31) two shop owners in Sathankulam were taken in custody and were brutally assaulted by police personnel which eventually led to their death within 4 days.…


CJP approaches NBSA against News Nation’s Conversion Jihad show

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has filed a complaint with the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) on December 1, 2020, in connection with a highly communal show called Conversion Jihad alleging forceful conversion of Hindus by Muslims. This complaint is against News Nation, a television news channel, for their show that was broadcast not only…


Lockdown has reduced lives of bidi labourers to ashes!

This report is part of CJP’s Grassroots Fellowship Program, and has been written by Mohammed Ripon Sheikh, who hails from Birbhum district. Here Sheikh showcases how the Covid-19 pandemic has brought the lives of bidi workers to a virtual standstill. Ever since the Covid-19 global pandemic struck and led to the country-wide lockdown that began in March 2020, its…


Non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits facing political and administrative isolation: KPSS

The hunger strike by members of the Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS) in Jammu and Kashmir completed eight days on Sunday, November 29. KPSS is demanding urgent relief measures for over 800 non-migrant Kashmiri Pandit families that are still living in the Valley. In a statement released on the occasion, KSS said, “Non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandits…


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