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Gender Issues

Why flag the issue? Communal politics and protests in Kathua

The joint rally by the Hindu Ekta Manch (HEM) and BJP in Kathua on 14th February 2018 demanding the release of SPO Deepak Khajuria, arrested in connection of the abduction, rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa Bano in January 2018, has brought to the fore the blatant communal politics of the BJP-HEM combine. And, since the Congress is not ready to be left behind, Kathua is fast becoming a communal tinderbox.

PUDR CONDEMNS INSTITUTIONAL MURDER AND GANGRAPE OF A MINOR DALIT GIRL BY SECURITY FORCES IN KUNDULI, ODISHA: DEMANDS PROPER INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION

PUDR grieves and rages at the suicide of the young girl from Kunduli, Koraput district on 22 January 2018, who succumbed to the failure of the State to guarantee justice and to secure the freedom of its citizens. On 10 October 2017, she was stabbed and gangraped by 4 security personnel, while returning back from school. Because she was a minor dalit girl, her account of rape was constantly disbelieved. And because the accused were men in uniform, the entire government and administrative machinery conspired to shield them from prosecution.

‘Love-Jihad’, NIA, and Democratic Rights

As the Hadiya-Shefin matter comes up for hearing today, PUDR urges the Apex court to take note of the serious violation of democratic rights of the parties involved in this so-called case of ‘Love-Jihad’. PUDR believes that the case is being used in order to provide legitimacy to the supposed presence of ‘Love-Jihad’ or ‘terror marriages following conversion to Islam’ in the country which is nothing more than a communal political agenda being pushed in the name of national security. For the past few months the courts of the country have been seized of the issue.

Request for independent investigation in case of sexual assault of 16 hostel girls at Balika Ashram, Govt. Girls School, Palnar, Dantewada, Chattisgarh

The Chairperson
National Human Rights Commission
ManavAdhikarBhawan Block-C,
GPO Complex, INA,
New Delhi - 110023

9th October 2017

Subject: Request for independent investigation in case of sexual assault of 16 hostel girls at Balika Ashram, Govt. Girls School, Palnar, Dantewada, Chattisgarh

Sir

Moderne’ India: Communal attacks, arrests and eviction of migrant workers in Noida, UP

PUDR investigated the aftermath of July 12, 2017, when Zohra Bibi, a domestic worker in Noida’s Mahagun Moderne, was severely beaten up and later went missing from her employer’s flat after allegations of theft were leveled against her. Subsequently, the local police, administration, Resident Welfare Association, as well as the MP and BJP minister Mahesh Sharma have been complicit in unleashing the combined might of the state machinery and the wrath of upper class residents in the violence, detention and deprivation of livelihoods of the protesting workers.

Mockery of autonomy in Nagaland: PUDR condemns the anti-women’s reservation protests

PUDR condemns the anti-women stand of the Naga HoHo/ Naga Tribes Action Committee (NTAC) in the context of reservation of seats for women in elections to local urban bodies. The accompanying mob-violence and the threats to women who wanted to contest from reserved seats, reveals the irony that a movement fighting for freedom for Naga people is willing to suppress rights of half of the population who comprise women in the name of customary laws.

मैला ढोने की प्रथा बंद हो !

जाति पर आधारित मैला ढोने की प्रथा एक ऐसी प्रथा है जिसमें दलितों की कुछ उपजातियों को अपने हाथों से सूखी लैट्रिन (शुष्क शौचालय) या सीवर में से मल-मूत्र साफ़़ करने, इकट्ठा करने, अपने सिरों पर मैला ढोने या अन्य सम्बंधित कार्यों को करने के लिए मजबूर किया जाता है। हालांकि इस प्रथा को बीस वर्ष पहले ही संविधानिक तौर पर प्रतिबंधित कर दिया गया था, लेकिन आज भी देश में यह व्यापक रूप से प्रचलित है। 
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Manual Scavenging must End

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.
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