Press Statements

06 Jan 2014
Following the unprecedented outbreak of riots in the rural areas of Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Baghpat, Meerut and Saharanpur districts of Uttar Pradesh in the first week of September, tens of thousands of Muslim families have been living in relief camps for the last four months. However, over the past week, the Uttar Pradesh Government has been following a policy of forced closure and eviction of...
07 Jan 2014
उत्तर प्रदेश के मुज़फ्फरनगर, शामली, बाघपत, मेरठ, और सहारनपुर जिलों के ग्रामीण इलाकों में सितम्बर के पहले हफ़्ते में हुए दंगों के बाद से हज़ारों मुसलमान चार महीने से राहत शिविरों में रह रहे हैं | पिछले हफ़्ते से, उत्तर प्रदेश सरकार ने जबरन शिविर बंद करने और लोगों को वहाँ से निकालने की नीति अपना ली है | परिणामस्वरूप दंगा-पीड़ित लोग और भी ज़्यादा परेशान और असुरक्षित हो गए हैं | पीपल्स यूनियन फॉर...
21 Jan 2014
 People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) welcomes the judgement of the Supreme Court delivered today commuting to life the death sentences awarded to 15 convicts lodged in different jails in the country. In doing so the Supreme Court has upheld the spirit of the Constitution and the values of humanity and respect for human life enshrined therein. This judgement was read out in the...
23 Jan 2014
 In the drama of the last four days, the culpability of the Delhi Government and its Law Minister regarding the incident on January 15th 2014, against four Nigerian and Ugandan women in particular stands exposed. Despite public outcry, issues relating to the heightened sense of insecurity amongst Africans in the capital and the removal of the Law Minister, remain largely unaddressed. PUDR...
28 Jan 2014
 PUDR expresses concern over the irresponsible and uncorroborated comment made by Chhattisgarh ADG (Intel) Mukesh Gupta on Professor Nandini Sundar. The ADG has alleged Prof. Sundar’s involvements in Maoist activities in the state. The police claims that the recently arrested Congress worker, Badri Gawde, who has been detained for his alleged Maoist links, divulged Sundar’s...
28 Jan 2014
People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) condemns the dismissal of charges by the Army’s 15 Corps against four senior officers, a retired Major General, two Colonels, a Lt Colonel and a Subedar, belonging to 7 Rashtriya Rifles. The five were accused of abduction, killing, followed by mutilation of the dead bodies along with fake recoveries of weapons and ammunition, on 25th March...
25 Feb 2014
 On the 24 February, 2014, the LG of Delhi put off the demolition of the Kathputli colony till the 1st April. But demolished it will be. Nearly fifty year old Kathputli Colony, home to 3274 households comprising between 15000-17000 people will be bulldozed at the hands of a nexus between the Union Ministry of Urban Development, the DDA and the builders Rahejas.  Kathputli Colony came...
10 Apr 2014
Peoples Union of Democratic Rights (PUDR) is concerned that close on the heels of the Supreme Court’s judgment of 21st January 2014, whereby the Court had commuted the death sentences of 15 convicts to life imprisonment, the Delhi High Court and the Mumbai Sessions Court, have in two significant judgements delivered separately have chosen to uphold the death penalty as punishment for rape...
27 Apr 2014
 PUDR hails the victory of panels put up by the terminated and jailed workers of the Maruti Suzuki Workers' Union in the elections of the workers unions held at the Gurgaon plant and the Manesar plant on 26 April and 4 April, respectively. These victories are an extraordinary assertion by workers of their right to elect their own representatives and their ability to remain united in the face...
10 May 2014
PUDR condemns the abduction and arrest of G.N. Saibaba by men in mufti in broad daylight, on 9th afternoon. Dr. Saibaba, an Assistant Professor of English in Ram Lal Anand College was returning home around 1 p.m. after participating in the University’s examination evaluation work in North Campus when his car was stopped and he was blindfolded and whisked away by plain clothed personnel of...
10 May 2014
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01 Jun 2014
 Barely have the voices of the protests against sexual assault of four minor girls in Hisar district in Haryana subdued, another horrific display of sexual violence has occurred in Badayun district of Uttar Pradesh.  Two Dalit cousins – both minors – were brutally gang raped, murdered and hung from a tree on May 27, 2014. The hanging of the bodies from a tree in full display...
11 Jun 2014
 PUDR mourns the killing of twenty eight year old Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh who was beaten to death by 30-40 members of Hindu Rashtra Sena on June 2nd in Hadaspar, Pune.  Mohsin’s ‘fault’ was that he stood out as a Muslim with his skull cap and beard, which sufficed the wrath of the HRS men to assault him. Media reports suggest that this was not a senseless crime, of a mob...
16 Jul 2014
 A month ago, on 6 June 2014, more than a thousand workers of 23 hot roller plants in Wazirpur Industrial area in Delhi had struck work. Their demands included only what has been laid down in the law. The demands were enforcement of minimum wages, payment of overtime at double rate, provision of appointment letters, worker identity cards, salary slips, Employee's State Insurance (ESI),...

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