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Musahar: a life of torture by state with support of muscle power of upper caste

Anti Torture Initiative, Anti Violence Initiative, Basic Rights, Campaign

“Police brutality on me, my father and brother shiver my spine and fear overpowers me. Still I am terrified by the police thinking that as I raise voice against them, then they might implicate me in any false case. Earlier police used to stop me and used to threaten that they would implicate me in false case. The entire incident has pained me and it would be in my mind for years together. Suffering emanating out of police torture can not be compensated”.  (Voice of voiceless, 2011)

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Honour Ceremony with Lenin Raghuvanshi

Anti Torture Initiative, Anti Violence Initiative

Women and children of the Dalit caste, survivors of atrocity and police torture at the Honour ceremony organized by PVCHR, non-governmental organization founded by activist Lenin Raghuvanshi. Regarded as "untouchables" the Dalit people belong to the lower caste of the caste system in the Hindu culture.

Lenin Raghuvanshi is a Dalit rights activist from Varanasi, India. In 1996, he and his wife, founded People's Vigilance Committee on Human Right (PVCHR), a community-based organization, to address the injustice of the Indian caste system. He has become the symbol of nonviolent resistance among millions of Dalits fighting for dignity. For his commitment in favour of marginalized people, he has periodically suffered death threats. His work has been recognized with awards like Gwangju Human Rights Award (2007), the ACHA Star Peace award (2008) and the International Human Rights Prize of the city of Weimar (2010).

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Use of ICT for Empowering the Survivors of Torture: The PVCHR Experience

Anti Torture Initiative, Anti Violence Initiative, Basic Rights, Campaign, How We Work, Information Pack, Strategic Planning, Torture Free Model, Women Rights Initiative

Their support to movements in the cyber world or on the street is a desperate attempt to be seen amidst others is an opportunist decision. Only victims who is the producer and a sufferer can come together to build movements and change the system.

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The Age of the Elephant: The Politics of Caste in Uttar Pradesh

Anti Violence Initiative, Campaign, Latest, Model Process


Activist Raghuvanshi sees that change taking a radical form in UP: “a new Dalit revolution.” In villages and cities across UP, Indians are now rising up against the caste system and joining a new Dalit movement, a revolution not restricted to Untouchables, but open to all opposed to the caste system.

“Without eliminating [caste] in this country, how are you going to eliminate corruption in the society?” Raghuvanshi asked. “It is the most corrupt system in the world.”

Increasingly, activists from higher castes, like Raghuvanshi, have been going into villages to wash Dalits’ feet, eat with them, and raise awareness of political and social issues in hopes of erasing caste divisions

and decades of marginalization (largely uncovered by the Indian press, he added). Even over his lifetime, Raghuvanshi has already seen a great deal of change.

“When I was a kid… in an upper caste family, I never [saw] Dalits coming to our marriages [or] to eat with us, but now [it’s] happening all the time,” he said.

At the same time, the lower-caste poor are working to transform and empower themselves through modernization. According to Raghuvanshi, the younger generation is now increasingly relying on the Internet to stay informed and build communication networks. Dalits in rural villages and urban slums have used radio, television, and SMS text messaging to learn about and discuss events beyond the immediate locale; some have used SMS networks to broadcast news of local human rights abuses to activists like Raghuvanshi. “They’ve changed themselves very dramatically,” he said.

For Raghuvanshi, this new, inclusive, and unified Dalit revolution represents the best hope for the future of Indian democracy, calling it “the force [that’s] going to change the feudal system of India and [help India] join the real global democracy.”

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