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Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) got information through an activist from Bilaspur, Chhatisgarh regarding pitiful condition of 56 bonded labours in Cholapur police station of Varanasi in India.Read more...
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We cherish and uphold the Rule of Law, sovereignty of the people, a system of governance that ensures devolution of power, People's right to self rule and control over natural resources.
We also maintain that existing social, economic and political imbalances hinder nation-building and that the legislature, executive and the judiciary must be fully accountable to the People.
We affirm that discrimination based on gender, caste, creed, religion, ethnicity and disability is a major obstacle to meaningful participation of People in political, economic and social field.
Review of existing laws and modifications to incorporate the implementation of international instruments.
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भूख और कुपोषण की काली हांडी
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भूख और कुपोषण पर केन्द्रित हंगामा रिपोर्ट जारी करते हुए हमारे प्रधानमंत्री मनमोहन सिंह ने इस बात पर शर्मिंदगी जाहिर की है कि देश के 42 प्रतिशत बच्चे आज भी भुखमरी के शिकार हैं। प्रधानमंत्री की निश्चित रूप से न सिर्फ उनकी बल्कि समूचे व्यवस्था और समाज की शर्मिंदगी भी है कि हम दुनिया के हर तीसरे भूखे बच्चे के अभिभावक हैं. लेकिन क्या प्रधानमंत्री के इतना कह देने भर से परिस्थितियों में बदलाव आ जाएगा? बच्चों के बीच काम करनेवाली मानवाधिकारवादी कार्यकर्ता श्रुति नागवंशी मानती हैं कि नवउदारवादी नीतियां न सिर्फ बच्चों के मुंह से निवाला छीन रहा है बल्कि देश में एक वंचित वर्ग भी पैदा कर रहा है जो भारत को भूख और कुपोषण की ऐसी काली हांडी के रूप में बदलता जा रहा है जिसपर एक देश या समाज के रूप में हम कभी गर्व नहीं कर सकेंगे।Read more...
Justice, Liberty, Equality: Dalits in Independent India
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It has been 64 years since India — the largest democracy in the world — attained independence. Yet, justice for all is still a far cry in the country where the caste system continues to determine political, social, and economic lives of a billion people.
Money and muscle power, together with political string-pulling, often result in denial of justice for the hapless ‘have-nots’, especially the Dalits (untouchables), ravaged by poverty and illiteracy. Atrocities and extortion on the Dalits, fake encounters, refusal to register complaints against the well-heeled, arbitrary arrests on false charges, illegal detention and custodial deaths are in commonplace.
In the absence of a modern social audit system, the keepers of the law often unleash a ‘police raj’, especially in rural India. A crippled National Human Rights Commission and its state subsidiaries with limited recommendatory control and a dysfunctional Legal Aid System depict a gloomy picture indeed.
In a unique way, Lenin Raghuvanshi, a veteran human rights activist, citing the case-studies primarily drawn from Uttar Pradesh, registering the highest rate of crime against the Dalits, chronicles how with implicit support from the administration, the Dalits are tortured and subjected to humiliation by the higher castes, like being garlanded with shoes, their faces blackened or being forced to ride an ass; yet, in most of the cases, violence, deaths or custodial tortures that are committed against the marginalised and deprived castes go unrecorded.
Ironically, even after having shed the colonial yoke, its legacy continues in the administrative framework of our independent India marked with widespread corruption which has rendered many government-sponsored schemes in rural India a failure.
Lenin Raghuvanshi an Ayurvedic physician by profession, has been working for the rights of bonded and child labourers and other marginalised people in Varanasi and eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, India. In 1996, he and his wife Shruti founded People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Right (PVCHR), a community-based organisation, to break the closed, feudal hierarchies of conservative slums and villages by building up local institutions and supporting them with a high profile and active human rights network.
Already an Ashoka Fellow, Lenin was the President, United Nations’ Youth Organisation (UNYO), Uttar Pradesh (India) Chapter. Lenin’s work has been recognised with Gwangju Human Rights Award for 2007. In 2009, in collaboration with the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victim (RCT), Denmark, Lenin developed Testimonial Models for torture survivors in India. City Council of Weimar in Germany selected Lenin Raghuvanshi for the International Human Rights Award for 2010.
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Fighting caste discrimination
The life narratives, voices, and actual experiences on this website reflect the spiritual awakenings of personalities extraordinaire who desired to make a difference in the lives of others. The passion for social justice and meaningful activities, the dedication to compassion, the commitment and healing journeys of those ordinary individuals and their stirring stories is what we intend to showcase.
PVCHR founded in 1996 by Mr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and Ms. Shruti Nagvanshi in close association with Sarod Mastro Pandit Vikash Maharaj, Poet - Gyanendra Pati and Historian Mahendra Pratap. PATRON: Justice Z.M Yacoob Sitting Judge Constitution Court of South Africa & Chancellor of University of Durban, South Africa.