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A Dalit Woman’s resilience forms the bedrock of the Forest Rights struggle in Sonbhadra Shobha's journey to secure her forest rights has been over uneven terrain

Located in a peculiarly odd terrain, Badi is a set of small huts spread across small hillocks on uneven land just adjacent to National Highway 39, connecting Robertsganj and Renukoot. Badi falls in the Chopan block of the Robertsganj taluka, Sonbhadra district. A long stretch of land lies bare, baking in the blazing sun. Families here live in…

A Commitment to Forest Rights could change the course of the 2019 General Election A campaign for implementation of the FRA could capture 133 seats

Poor implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA) which legalises the land rights of India’s 200 million forest dwellers, could be, if made into a vibrant election issue, become a deciding factor in how a fourth, i.e. 25 per cent (133 of 543) constituencies vote in the coming general election. A detailed analysis by the…

A Campaign for Forest Rights could affect these Constituencies in 2019 Some key areas are in Maharashtra, Odisha and Gujarat

In tables, the study shows where the Constituencies where a Campaign for Forest Rights could impact. The earlier part of this series revealed how an analytical study by Community Forest resource-Learning and Advocacy Network shows how the forest and land rights of India’s 200 million forest dwellers, could be, if made into a vibrant election…

What should a Campaign for Forest Rights demand in 2019? Strengthening conservation efforts and transforming forest management are key focus areas

Evidence from the ground shows that rights holders that have rigorously used FRA 2006, specially its community rights provisions, to achieve the following goals: Transforming forest management to meet local livelihood and cultural needs; Ensuring food security and poverty alleviation; Securing gender justice and rights of women over land and forest; Strengthening conservation efforts and…

Women forest dwellers recount struggles, stories of resistance in Mumbai event TwoCircles.net

Even though there exist laws to protect forest dwellers in the country, residents, especially women, continue to face severe forms of harassment at the hands of officials, said women activists from Sonbhadra District of Uttar Pradesh during an event in Mumbai. They recounted stories of resistance and struggles in their attempts to secure land during…

‘Take Out The Insects From Your Food And Eat It’: Women Political Prisoners Recount Jail Horror Stories Feminism In India

For Soni Sori, while her custody in the police station itself was riddled with torture and sexual harassment, her time in the jail was also a harrowing experience. She wouldn’t eat in her initial days inside. One of her fellow inmates advised her, “If you want to stay alive, you better eat. Take out the insects…

View to address issues faced by women prisoners DNA

Citizens of Justice and Peace (CJP), a human rights platform, held a public meeting ‘Qaid Ke Pare’ on Monday to understand ways of addressing issues faced by women prisoners. The public meeting which took place at the Marathi Patrakar Sangh involved testimonies of a range of women — from those who have served jail term…

जमिनीसाठी संघर्ष केला म्हणून तुरुंगात डांबलं, त्यांनी ऐकवला तुरुंगातील दाहक अनुभव महाराष्ट्र टाइम्स

आदिवासींना त्यांच्या हक्काच्या वन जमिनी परत मिळाव्या म्हणून आम्ही रस्त्यावर उतरलो. सरकारविरोधात आवाज उठवला. त्यामुळे आम्हाला तुरुंगात टाकण्यात आलं. आमच्यावर खोटे गुन्हे टाकण्यात आले. आमच्याविरोधात जमीन बळकाल्याचे, अतिक्रमण केल्याचे आणि चोरीचे गुन्हे दाखल करण्यात आले. मुंबईः आदिवासींना त्यांच्या हक्काच्या वन जमिनी परत मिळाव्या म्हणून आम्ही रस्त्यावर उतरलो. सरकारविरोधात आवाज उठवला. त्यामुळे आम्हाला तुरुंगात टाकण्यात आलं. आमच्यावर…

Supreme Court changes course on Adivasi rights SC order flies in the face of established jurisprudence

Whereas previously SC affirmed indigenous people’s inalienable rights to their land, in 2019, under the Modi Regime, it now orders their unilateral eviction. The SC has turned established constitutional jurisprudence on its head. There are three significant SC judgments on the indigenous Adivasi people’s rights over their land and natural resources: 1.  In 2011, the…

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