Reports - Year Wise

19 Dec 2003
After the conviction by the Special Court, the accused went on appeal to the High Court. The High Court gave its verdict on October 29, 2003. The High Court upheld the death sentence on Mohammad Afzal and Shaukat Hussain and indeed enhanced a sentence of life imprisonment under Section 121 of IPC to the death penalty. It exonerated S.A.R Gilani and Afsan Guru. Since this case sets a...
15 Sep 2003
The imposition of POTA in the case formed the immediate context of the fact-finding undertaken by PUDR to Godhra in April 2003. With a list of the accused that appears to be still growing, this case has the distinction of having the largest number of accused under POTA in a single case. The PUDR team met the family members of nearly 20 accused, all of whom were residents of the localities...
28 Aug 2003
The present report attempts to centrally place the issue of 'love marriages' within the ambit of the democratic rights movement. From this perspective it examines the questions of the rights of women, of dalits, of violations within the family and the community, and of the involvement of the state and its functionaries who share the same biases. Instances of marriages against parental diktat...
10 Jul 2003
It had come to the notice of PUDR, Delhi that in Haryana a large number of farmers, mostly supporters or members of the Bharatiya Kishan Union (BKU), are being arrested under section 124-A of the IPC. Section 124-A deals with sedition, with attempts to overthrow the state; it was one of the most invoked laws in colonial India to conveniently suppress any form of dissent or agitation that could...
26 Feb 2003
In October, 2002, 5 men were brutally killed in the presence of, and possibly by, a large and violent mob on the main road outside the Dulina Police Post, near Jhajjar town (district Jhajjar) Haryana in front of the police and several senior district officials. All 5 killed were Dalits, believed by the mob at the time to have been engaged in cow-slaughter. Newspapers covered the incident...
15 Feb 2003
FOR YEARS NOW, ever since India became a republic, India’s circular parliament building has been a symbol of its independence and sovereignty. Regardless of what takes place inside, and however anti-people certain legislations may be, its very existence is a source of legitimate pride for Indians. No wonder then, when the parliament was attacked on 13 December 2001, it was widely portrayed,...