About Us


Over the last 30 years or more, the civil rights movement in India has emerged as an autonomous voice in defense of civil liberties and democratic rights of our people. The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi, is one such organisation. It came into existence in 1976-77 as the Delhi unit of a larger national forum, and became PUDR on 1 February, 1981.


Press Releases


Mar 26 09:18

Condemn Police Lathicharge on Contract Workers’ Demonstration outside Delhi Secretariat

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 PUDR strongly condemns the brutal lathicharge by Delhi Police on a workers’ demonstration on 25 March 2015 when nearly 1000 workers and activists belonging to different unions (Wazirpur hot rolling steel industry, Delhi Metro Railways Corporation, Karawal Nagar almond workers, safai karamcharis of Dr. Hedgevar and Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospitals and several unorganized workers from Khajuri) had gathered outside the Delhi Secretariat to meet the Labour Minister in order to present a memorandum of demands.


Mar 25 06:45

PUDR Condemns Ban on Cow Slaughter

On March 16th 2015, the Haryana Government unanimously passed Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill with main opposition parties INLD and Congress supporting the Bill. The new bill passed by the Haryana Government bans cow slaughter and sale of beef and imposes a punishment of rigorous imprisonment of not less than three years extending up to 10 years and fines ranging from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. one lakh. The Haryana Government’s move comes just days after the President’s assent to Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill 1995 early this month.


Mar 22 05:30

Hashimpura Judgment: An example of deliberate delay, violation of fair trial and denial of compensation.

On 22 May 1987, PAC personnel of UP reached Hashimpura, Meerut, took away about 50 Muslim men from a crowd outside a mosque, shot dead at least 42 of the men, and threw their bodies into a canal. On 21 March 2015, a Delhi Sessions Court accepted that the PAC personnel had committed these murders, but acquitted the policemen charged on account of insufficient evidence. Twenty eight years after the brutal massacre of Muslims by state forces, the guilty in uniform have not been identified and are roaming free. 


Mar 18 22:04

Condemn gang-rape in Nadia and continuing attacks on Christians

 PUDR expresses outrage at the gang-rape of a 71 year old nun by a gang of “dacoits” inside a convent in Gangnapur village, Nadia district, West Bengal on 14th March 2015. The men reportedly raided and desecrated the convent before taking away 12 lakhs.Clearly, the motive was not merely to rob and decamp but to punish the school and the community through this horrendous gang-rape.


Latest Publications


Mar 24 14:50

युद्ध-क्षेत्र में आदिवासी जिंदगियाँ : बीजापुर के गावों में सुरक्षा कैंप के बीच असुक्षित जीवन

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दिसंबर 2014  में पी. यू. डी. आर. का एक जांच दल छत्तीसगढ़ के बीजापुर जिले के 9  गांवों  में गया.


Feb 18 11:16

War and the Lightness of Being Adivasi: Security camps and villages in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh

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 Since June-July 2014, reports have been filtering in regarding the intensification of Operation Green Hunt in the forest villages of Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. Civil rights organizations have been receiving requests to send teams in order to investigate what was happening on the ground. To this end, PUDR conducted a fact-finding in the villages of Sarkeguda, Rajpeta,Kottaguda, Pusbaka, Basaguda, Lingagiri, Korsaguda, Kottagudem and Timmapur villages in Usur Tehsil of Bijapur District from 26th to 31st December 2014.


Jan 25 05:30

SAY YES TO JUSTICE: SAY NO TO HANGING OF SURENDER KOLI

 On 27th January 2015, the Allahbad High Court will decide whether Surender Koli will live or die as it will hear a petition asking for commutation of his death penalty on grounds of delay. Koli, the dalit manservant of Moninder Pandher, was charged of heinous crimes in the Nithari serial murders and disappearances.