Press Statements

18 Jan 2016
Reports from Nendra and Pedda Jojer in Bijapur, and Kunna in Sukma reveal a new and brutal wave of systematic violence being carried out by security forces in South Chhattisgarh. On the one hand Chhattisgarh police proudly announces the launch of new operations and tactics, boasting of better coordination among forces and improvement in training. On the other, we have the bold but lesser heard...
19 Jan 2016
 PUDR strongly condemns the authorities of the Central University of Hyderabad for their caste based victimisation of Dalit students, which, on 17th January, 2016, resulted in Rohith Vemula , a Dalit Research Scholar in Science Technology and Society Studies in the University, committing suicide.  Rohith was one of five Dalit research scholars, student leaders and activists of Ambedkar...
03 Feb 2016
On 23rd July 2009, the Manipur police claimed to have had an encounter with a ‘PLA cadre’ Sanjit, as a result of which Sanjit died. While this version was widely contested by the local people who claimed that Sanjit was murdered in a cold-blooded manner, a set of sequential photographs depicting Manipur police commandoes overpowering an unarmed Sanjit, taking him inside a shuttered down chemist...
03 Feb 2016
 PUDR strongly condemns the police’s role in the outbreak of riots between members of the Valmiki and  Muslim communities, in the Sangam Park area in North West Delhi, on 31st January, 2016.  PUDR’s investigation into the incidents of 30th and 31st January, and meetings with residents and the police on 31st January and 1st February clearly establish the police’s...
05 Feb 2016
Peoples Union for Democratic Rights mourns the death of Professor Randhir Singh, who passed away on Sunday 31st January, 2016. He was teacher par excellence to many, guide and philosopher to many more. For us he spanned the pre and post 1947 India which was marked not only by his scholarship grounded in opposition to exploitation and oppression, but one enriched by his activism from his student...
12 Feb 2016
PUDR strongly condemns the Delhi Police for arresting the JNU students’ union president, Kanhaiya Kumar today, 12th February, on charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy for holding a protest demonstration on February 9th against the judicial hanging of Afzal Guru, three years ago. The events between 9th and 12th February demonstrate how the administration (including the University...
16 Feb 2016
PUDR strongly condemns the shocking acts of physical violence and abuse perpetrated by 40 advocates and BJP MLA OP Sharma against students and faculty of the Jawaharlal Nehru University and media persons today, at the Patiala House court, in full presence of the police. Students, teachers and media persons had gathered as arrested JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar was to be produced in court...
17 Feb 2016
PUDR has continually critiqued the existence of the colonial law of sedition and its unconstitutional application at the behest of those who hold state power, in cases that do not stand the test of law. The arrest of SAR Geelani, Professor at the University of Delhi, on charges of sedition on 16th February 2016, is yet again a case of the misuse of law as part of political vendetta. SAR...
21 Feb 2016
2013 में मुज़फ्फरनगर में हुऐ दंगों से सम्बंधित हत्याओं, बलात्कार, लूट और आगज़नी के मामलों में आरोपियों के बरी होने की खबरें लगातार सामने आ रही हैं | पीयूडीआर चिंता व्यक्त करता है कि 2013 में मुज़फ्फरनगर के दंगों के बाद डर और खुली छूट का जो माहौल बना था, वह आज भी बरकरार है | आरोपियों द्वारा गवाहों को डरा-धमका कर चुप कराया जा रहा है | पीयूडीआर उत्तर प्रदेश पुलिस और प्रशासन की जांच में जान-बूझकर की जा...
21 Mar 2016
 In the early hours of 18th March 2016, Mohammad Majloom Ansari (35) and Inayahtullah Khan (12) were found hanging from a tree in the Balumath forest area in Latehar, Jharkhand. Residents of Balugoan and Nawada villages, Ansari and young Khan were on their way to the weekly cattle fair with their eight buffaloes when they were stopped, thrashed, strangled and hanged by a lynch mob. So far...
23 Mar 2016
PUDR strongly condemns the brutal police action unleashed on students and teachers at the University of Hyderabad campus on 22nd March 2016. This took place when students were protesting against the return of the Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Poddile to the campus after he had gone on leave following the suicide of Dalit PhD scholar Rohith Vemula in January.  Prof. Appa Rao, alongwith Union...
24 Mar 2016
Peoples Union for Democratic Rights expresses its outrage at the harassment and arrest of Kashmiri students in Mewar University, Rajasthan, and other educational institutions, amidst an intensifying surveillance of Kashmiris across the country.   On 14th March, 2016, a rumour was spread on WhatsApp that “Kashmiri students are cooking beef”,  in their hostel room in Mewar...
13 Apr 2016
Manual scavenging is a caste based occupation wherein a certain sub-caste of Dalits are condemned to manually clean, carry, dispose or handle in any manner human excreta from dry latrines and sewers. Though it has been constitutionally banned for more than twenty years now, it is still found to be widely prevalent in the country. As per the Supreme Court of India judgment in the case of...
20 Apr 2016
Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation is alarmed at how a demand for justice results again in killing of civilians by a trigger happy Government force in Kashmir. The alleged molestation of a 16 year old girl on April 12th by a personnel of 21 RR posted in Handwara, and resultant protests saw abduction and illegal incarceration by Police of the girl, her aunt and father, the killing of...
29 Apr 2016
 Between the 16th to 22nd January, 2016, members of Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization (CDRO) and Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) conducted a fact finding in villages of Bijapur and Sukma districts of Chhattisgarh. The team investigated the deaths of four unarmed villagers of Peddajojer (Bijapur) on 15 January 2016 by security forces and conducted...

Pages