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Shruti Nagvanshi: a grass root women power

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Shruti was born and brought up in a middle class family as the eldest child. Her father was employed with the Life Insurance Company. She studied up to intermediate (Pre-University studies) at Basant Kanya Vidyalaya founded by Annie Beasant of the Theosophical Society of India. Since her childhood days, Shruti nourished the idea of a just and equitable society and often used to get deeply disturbed by looking at the existing social inequalities and exploitation and especially the widening gap between the rich and the poor in her native city of Varanasi where poor people were often forced to go to bed without food. Despite family opposition to her ideas, Shruti took up the challenge to work and help the poor and the deprived.


Congratulation to New Governing Board 2013-2016 of PVCHR

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Dr. Mahendra Pratap: President
Mr. Nageshwar Patnaik: Vice President
Ms. Bindu Singh: Vice President

Reyaz Ahmed(CA),Raghib Ali, Mohammad Arif,Idrish Ansari,Vallabh Pandey, Sandhya Jha,Neeta Shahani, Iftikar Ahmed,Shakuntala, Dr.Shahina Rizvi,Sandhya.


Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and the PVCHR

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A film about the history and the work of the Human Right Organisation PVCHR (People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights), which was founded in Varanasi in the year 1996. It's ambitions are fighting for the basic rights, eliminating situation which gives rise to exploitation of vulnerable groups, i.e. children, women, Dalit and working class and abolishing the caste system. A film by MBC, Korea & May 18 Foundation Edited by Stephan Braig



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Indian society, especially in the rural areas, is still influenced by feudalism and the caste system which continues to determine the political, social, and economic life of the county. Caste based discrimination is still practiced in the educational system, in workplaces, and in courts of justice. The standard of living in the Dalit and Tribal communities force their children to work as child laborers and the severest impacts of the caste based discrimination are starvation and malnutrition. The discrimination of women is also a part of the caste system and has lead to gender based violence among all castes. This violence includes domestic violence, dowry linked violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sex-selective abortion.


PVCHR – People’s vigilance committee on human rights-was started in 1996 as a membership based human rights movements in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) as a program unit of Jan MItra Nyas, one of the most traditional and segregated regions in India. We work at a grassroots level to ensure basic rights for marginalized communities groups in Indian society, e.g. children, women, Dalits, Tribes and Muslims, and to create a human rights culture based on democratic values. PVCHR’s ideology is inspired by the father of the Dalit movement, Dr. B. D. Ambedkar, who struggled against Brahmanism and the caste hierarchical that is still prevailing in India.


Our team consists of full time employees, staff employed on a yearly basis or as per the requirement of a project, and around 200 human rights activists that live and work in the villages.


We are linked with a multitude of organizations, student unions, trade unions, and grass-root level NGOs. PVCHR is associated with follows:

1.      Forum Asia, Bagkok,Thailand

2.      The International Network of Psychologists for Social Responsibility (INPsySR)

3.      VOP (voice of People)

4.      Dignity: Danish Institute against Torture

5.      CRY (Child Right and You)

6.      Sir Dorabji Tata Trust

7.      National Alliance on Testimonial Therapy(NATT)

8.      May 18 Foundation

9.      South Asian Network against Torture and Impunity(SANATI)

10.   Malviya Centre for Peace Research, BHU

11.   Zebra,Graz,Austria

12.   Human Rights Law Network(HRLN)

13.   Indo-German Society of Remscheid, Germany

14.   Raj Dulari Foundation, Sweden

15.   Forum on rights of weavers and artisans(Bunkar-Dastkar Adhikar manch)

16.   Savitri Bai Women Forum(SWF)

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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.