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CJP-AIUFWP move NCW against sexual assault and abuse of Van Gujjar women The women were brutally beaten up in broad daylight and were subjected to gendered violence in custody

After having registered its complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) along with All India Union for Forest Working People (AIUFWP) have now approached the National Commission for Women (NCW) against police personnel and forest officials of Rajaji National Park, Dehradun. The petition to NHRC was regarding the human rights…

CJP-AIUFWP petition NCST to take note of atrocities against Van Gujjars Their shelter destroyed, members of the tribe were even subjected to custodial violence

The injustices meted out to some members of the Van Gujjar community of Rajaji National park Dehradun, allegedly by forest officials and police personnel, have been brought to the notice of the National Commission of Scheduled Tribes (NCST). In a joint petition, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and the All India Union for Forest…

AIUFWP seeks to join inquiry committee in Van Gujjar assault case The Chief Conservator of Forests had ordered an independent inquiry into the matter

In the aftermath of the violent attack on Van Gujjars of Rajaji National Park, an independent inquiry has been ordered by the Principal Conservator of Forests, Uttarakhand to look into the matter. The All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), a partner organisation with Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), has made a representation to…

Forest Rights: Van Gujjar family released on bail, after custodial assault CJP and AIUFWP writes formal complaint to NHRC

The family of Mustafa Chopra has been released on bail after their arrest on June 17th, during which their dera (shelter) was demolished by police and forest officials. While in custody, Mustafa and his family were physically assaulted by officials. CJP and the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) have written a formal complaint to…

CJP moves NHRC against police and forest officials in Dehradun for assaulting tribals Van Gujjars were beaten up, their shelter destroyed, they were even subjected to custodial violence

CJP and the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) have brought to the attention of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) a recent instance of blatant violation of legal as well as human rights of Van Gujjars of Dehradun at the hands of police and forest officials. The complaint showcases how the officials not only…

Forest Rights : Shelter destroyed in Uttarakhand CJP stands with the Van Gujjars and condemns police action

On June 17th, forest officials and local police forcefully destroyed a shelter belonging to Van Gujjars. Despite court orders to not take action against those who make claims under FRA 2006, many women and men were beaten up. The government is using the COVID lockdown as an excuse to roll back the gains made by…

Woman, Van Gujjar, Forest Dweller – the roles & intersectionalities in Mariam’s life The Right to a Voice Revisited - Van Gujjar Women & Intersections of Community Mobilization

“One woman standing up against an unjust law is unlikely to achieve much on her own; many women working together, however, are more likely to provoke change” (Rowland 1998) I had first read about a Van Gujjar named Mariam in an article titled “Tribal Women in UP: Challenging the Panchayat System” in Diana Vinding’s book…

A Day in the Life of Van Gujjars Photo Feature

The Van Gujjars are a transhumance tribe of pastoralists belonging to the Himalayas. Their livelihood and subsistence depends primarily on their cattle. During summer they walk upto and beyond 12,500 ft in the mountains and trek down on the onset of winter. Ghulam Mustafa Chopra and I started our journey from Dehradun to Sakhri on…

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