Press Statements

08 Jan 2008
Two persons are missing for the last 8 days after being taken into police custody. Police claims no knowledge.The court has incarcerated Razia at the Nari Niketan, despite her statement to the court that she is an adult and has married of her free-will. The details of the case are as follows: Ram Gopal (29 years), and Razia (22 years) got married on 28.05 2006. A year and a half later,...
05 Feb 2008
PUDR is deeply concerned about the escalating situation in Chauranga, near Raipur, following the adamant insistence of the factory owner, supported by the administration, in starting work at the Raipur Sponge Iron Power Ltd factory there, in blatant disregard of the longstanding opposition of the people of the village and the region. The protest against the factory has been going on since 2004...
08 May 2008
Hardly had the trial of Dr. Binayak Sen begun, that yet another activist of PUCL Chattisgarh was arrested. On 5th May, 2005 Ajay T G state executive member of PUCL Chattisgarh was arrested under sections of the Chattisgarh Special Public Safety Act, and the IPC. Earlier in January 2008 after the arrest of Maoists Malti Rao and Meena in the Raipur arms dropping case, the police had questioned Ajay...
29 Aug 2008
A eight-member team from four human rights organisations conducted an investigation into the “economic blockade” in Kashmir and its aftermath and toured the districts of Srinagar, Budgam, Baramulla, and Bandipora. The team spoke to victims of the violence and their families, people who were part of protests, doctors at the SMHS hospital, journalists, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce, and office...
30 Aug 2008
Hundreds of intellectuals, students, media persons and activists sat on a Dharna today at Jantar Mantar by Janhastakshep, PUCL and PUDR protesting against the crackdowns on non-violent protests by the people in Jammu...
26 Sep 2008
A fact finding team constituted by Janhastakshep-Campaign against Fascist Designs, and People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) went to look into the issues being raised in context to an alleged encounter at Batla House, Jamia Nagar on September 19, 2008. Members of the team were, Dr. N.K. Bhattacharya (Jan Hastakshep), Shahana Bhattacharya (PUDR), Dr. Ish Misra (Jan Hastakhep), Prashant...
27 Sep 2008
PUDR strongly condemns the explosion in Mehrauli today that led to more loss of life, and increasing fear in the city. We unequivocally condemn the political beliefs behind such acts, which espouse random killing. We believe that the culprits behind these acts should be brought to book. PUDR apprehends that the Mehrauli blast might unleash a fresh spate of police terror targetting the minority...
14 Oct 2008
People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) finds the activities of the Hinduva group, in particular that of Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad, repugnant and considers them a major threat to social peace and harmony. However we do not support the demand being made for proscribing these organizations as PUDR is in principle opposed to the politics of proscription. PUDR has long argued that...
07 Nov 2008
A four member fact-finding team undertook a fact finding from October 23-26, 2008 and 6-7 November, 2008 to investigate state repression of individuals and crackdown on organisations in Uttarakhand, happening in the guise of suppressing the Maoist threat. The team comprised Rajendra Dhasmana (President of Uttarakhand PUCL,) Anand Swaroop Verma, Pankaj Bisht, Gautam Navlakha and Anirban (from...