India Based Volunteers
Details in German about ceremony to 2010 Weimer Human Rights Award to Lenin RaghuvanshiRead more...
CSOs in India use the Right to Information Act for Accountability and Transparency
Anti Torture Initiative
The People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) - a human rights organisation based in Northern India fighting for the rights of marginalised people - is using the RTI ACT in a different way. As part of its EU-funded project 'Reducing police torture against Muslim minority at the grassroots level by engaging and strengthening human rights institutions in India', PVCHR is supporting victims of human rights violations in making RTI applications. The organisation is raising awareness about the RTI Act and showing people how they can use it for their benefit.
In 2012 alone, the organisation supported over 204 people in submitting RTI applications. The RTI applications are used, for example, to check if disciplinary action was taken against police personnel involved in torture, to ask for progress reports of investigations or to get the reasoning behind a decision (not) to provide compensation for cases of police violence. In many cases, the RTI applications have helped victims get ahead in their struggle for justice.Read more...
India: Threats to human rights defenders of PVCHR and Women Survivors in Varanasi
Anti Torture Initiative, Anti Violence Initiative, Campaign
Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) Secretary General / Executive Director Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi received a notice from police station of Catt in Varanasi on January 24, 2013 at around 2.30 pm on complain of perpetrator Mr. Sunil Kumar Gupta on 16 January 2013,the day when the news were published after the press conference of survivor Mrs. Sapana Chaurasiya. But no action on complain on 3 December and 5 December 2012 about violence against woman, threat on December 16 and 20, 2012 by husband of Mrs. Sapana to Shruti Nagvanshi & Lenin Raghuvanshi respectively and again threat on Lenins’ mobile on 16 January 2013.Read more...
The Maha Kumbh Mela, a spectacle of extremism and violence
Anti Violence Initiative
This was stated by Lenin Raguvanshi, a lay activist in Varanasi. He denounces the participation of Naga sadhus, ascetic warriors who parade armed with swords and tridents, "militarizing" a religious moment as important as that of the Kumbh Mela. It is "urgent and necessary" to prohibit the participation of these individuals, and stand against the caste system, "to give dignity" to Dalits and tribals.Read more...
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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.