Undemocratic Laws

Statement opposing the draconian transgender bill

PUDR stands in support of the trans, queer and LGBTQI+ movement in opposing the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill (the Bill) as an assault on the democratic rights of transpersons. The Bill violates the right of transpersons to self-determination and self-identification, recognized by the Supreme Court as a fundamental right under Art. 21 in the 2014 NALSA v. Union of India judgment.

4 RELIANCE WORKERS, FIRST TO BE FALSELY IMPLICATED UNDER UAPA FOR BHIMA KOREGAON VIOLENCE, RELEASED ON BAIL

PUDR welcomes the release on bail of four workers of Reliance Energy/ Infrastructure Ltd. (REIL) and trade union activists implicated under numerous sections of the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for alleged Maoist links. The workers were released today on default bail after the 17 December order of the Bombay High Court setting aside the extension of time granted to ATS Mumbai to file the chargesheet in April 2018. Months before 6 June and 28 August, when 10 rights activists were arrested under UAPA on fabricated connections to the Bhima Koregaon violence, workers at RIEL were the first to be targeted for alleged ‘Maoist’ links at Elgaar Parishad

On the release of our long-standing member Gautam Navlakha

On 1st October, the Delhi High Court set aside the Order of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Saket Courts passed on 28th August granting transit remand to Pune police against Gautam Navlakha in the one of the FIRs booked in connection to the Bhima Koregaon incident. It was held by the Delhi High Court that the said Order was untenable in law as it was in violation of not just the fundamental rights guaranteed to an accused by the Constitution of India (Article 22) but also that it failed to take into account the statutory procedure to be followed at the time of arrest.

महाराष्ट्र पुलिस द्वारा पीयूडीआर को बदनाम करने की कोशिश की निंदा!

नागरिक अधिकारों के पक्ष में उठती आवाज़ों को कुचलना बंद करो!

तू जिंदा है!

The country is witnessing another round of crackdown on Human Rights Activists. While Arun Ferreira (Advocate), Sudha Bhardwaj (Trade Unionist, Teacher and Advocate), Gautam Navlakha (Editor and Writer), Varvara Rao (Writer and Literary critic) and Vernon Gonsalves (Academic) have been placed under house arrest, along with them, houses of Prof Anand Teltumbde, Fr Stan Swamy (Tribal rights defender), Prof K. Satyanarayana and many others were also searched over the last two days.

A Criminal Act: Critique of the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act, 2017

The Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act, 2017 (UPCOCA) was passed on 27 March 2018. The statement of objects and reasons for the law argues that ‘organised crime’ has become a widespread and serious threat and such activities are fueled by illegal wealth, corrupting legitimate businesses and inciting disaffection towards the government. This law is considered to be necessary since criminals are using modern techniques and the existing legal framework of penal provisions, procedures and system of courts is inadequate to deal with the purpose.

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