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India’s Ecosystem of Hate: Is Facebook both, a Beneficiary and an Offender? Complete text of Teesta Setalvad’s speech at online event organized by Real Facebook Oversight Board on January 20, 2022

Hate is today a state project in India where the political formation in power, its vigilante organisations and brown shirts are mentally and physically armed through hate propaganda to violently harm religious minorities, women and Dalits targets. Prejudiced Ideas, Acts of Prejudice, Discrimination, Violence – four stages prior to Genocide—have been breached. The end goal…

Meet Hate Offender Kalicharan ‘Maharaj’ His hate speech has targeted everyone from minorities to women to even Gandhi!

On Friday January 8, 2022, a Pune Court granted bail to Kalicharan Maharaj, alias Abhijit Dhananjay Sarag, who was arrested by Pune police for a hate speech case from December 2021 where he allegedly spoke against Muslims and Christians. The court directed that Kalicharan be released subject to furnishing a bail bond of ₹25,000 and…

Meet Subhangi Chavan: Tough security guard, single mother… and poet “Reading and writing give me strength,” says the inspirational young woman from Pune

30-year-old Subhangi Chavan is often spotted reading a book, or writing in a diary in her free time. She seldom has free time though and her work is tough, requiring her to be tougher. Shubhangi works as a security guard and is stationed at the gates of Rashtra Seva Dal-Pune. She is sporty and fit, and…

Attacks on Tharu Adivasis: NHRC issues final warning to UP forest department for inaction The Department has been ignoring the Commission's demand for a report for over a year

In July 2020, the Tharu Adivasis of Kajaria Village in Dudhwa Tiger reserve, Lakhimpur Kheri, UP were assaulted by forest officials and local police who even fired shots in the air, molested women and beat up some youngsters. Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) immediately…

Mumbai Police should revive beat policing Free Press Journal

A virtual re-run of the Nirbhaya case in Mumbai, where a 32-year-old woman was raped inside a parked tempo, raises questions about safety in Mumbai. Police claim that a patrol van reached the spot within 10 minutes of receiving a call from a watchman who heard the woman’s cries. The accused, a 45-year-old driver who…

Lockdown impact: Unemployed fathers, abused mothers and daughters deprived of education Part-7 of our on-going series based on CJP's Purvanchal fact-finding mission examining the decline of the traditional weaving industry

As part of CJP’s fact-finding mission in Uttar Pradesh’s Purvanchal region, we held a meeting with some young girls from weaver families in Saraiya in December 2020. They told us that after failing to find work the men in their homes would often vent their frustration by getting physically violent with the women. Some of the…

When Katkaris migrate in search of work, their problems follow One of the oldest Adivasi communities, they are victims of institutional apathy

Migration from one place to another has gone on for as long as history can record. It was according to the change of season, that both humans and animals migrated from one place to another, seeking food, and shelter for survival… and survive they did. However, in modern times one of the factors that fuels…

CJP sends comments to UP Law Commission on ‘Population Control’ Bill Bill will adversely impact women and the marginalised

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has sent its comments/suggestions to the Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission over the proposed Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill, 2021. We, at CJP, have drawn reference from some experiments and worldwide trends that have shown that there is a “direct and deep co-relation” between basic civic…

Human Trafficking Bill and the government’s Saviour Complex It denies agency to the women who it wants to save

At the outset the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Care And Rehabilitation) Bill, 2021 comes off as a law aiming to introduce stringent measures to tackle the inhuman crime of forcing individuals into the murky business of flesh trade. Naturally, if such an inhuman crime exists there has ought to be a law to tackle it…

Special Marriage Act: Implement Allahabad HC order in Maharashtra, activists write to Kunte Indian Express

Recently, a woman approached the Khar police saying she was getting married to a person from another religion, and after learning about her marriage, few men allegedly humiliated her parents. The Allahabad HC order on Special Marriage Act, 1954 was delivered on January 12, 2021 (Representational Image) A group of social activists has written to…

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