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19 Feb 2017

People's Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi

19th Feb 07


The National Commission for Women

Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg


Subject: Custodial death and rape


We want to refer to you a gruesome case of custody death and rape in Sarguja district of Chhattisgarh that has come to our notice recently.

16 Jul 2015

People's Union for Democratic Rights


The Hon’ble Chief Justice

Delhi High Court

New Delhi

16 July 2015

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 by dominant communities, which is reminiscent of the dark ages, is most condemnable. This is one among a growing number of incidents of sexual and caste violence.

06 Jan 2013

While PUDR understands that Indian society is deeply patriachal, it also believes that the Indian state is primarily responsible for the sorry state of women's rights in this country, and that its actions enforces and sustains the inequality of women in the family, community and society. The fact is that rape is a crime whose basis lies in the operation of power: patriarchal, class, caste, ethnic and religion, and of the state. Thus raping women is used as an instrument to attack communities and to bring them to their knees by the state forces wherever armed forces are deployed.

05 Jan 2013


People’s Union for Democartic Rights

05 January 2013




Justice Verma Commission

30 Dec 2012

PUDR mourns the death of the 23-year-old victim of an intensely violent attack and gang rape. However, rather than giving in to anger caused by this distress, we believe that this is a time to reflect on the constitutive contexts that produce an event and figure out how it might never be repeated.

09 Feb 2012

It is with great dismay and outrage that PUDR condemns the award of President’s Police medal to Dantewada Superintendent Ankit Garg. He is the officer accused by Soni Sori of having inflicted grave sexual violence upon her while she was in his custody in Dantewada. Soni Sori is an adivasi teacher who was indicted for having Maoist links and arrested in October 2011. Soni Sori’s case is pending before the Supreme Court under whose direction her medical examination was done outside Chhattisgarh and severe sexual torture was established.

24 Oct 2011

PUCL and PUDR organised a meeting on 22 Oct, 2011 on “Enforced Disappearances and Discovery of Mass Graves in Kashmir”. Speakers included Khurram Parvez of International Peoples Tribunal on Kashmir (IPTK) and JKCCS, Paramjeet Kaur Khalra of the Khalra Mission from Punjab, and Supreme Court lawyer Nitya Ramakrishnan, and were presided over by law researcher Usha Ramanatham. Interventions were made by Justice Rajender Sachar, Vrinda Grover, Pushkar Raj and Gautam Navlakha among others.

05 Jun 2009

The rape and murder of Asiya Jan and Neelofer Jan by members of the CRPF in Shopian, Kashmir and the subsequent dumping of their bodies in a stream is a horrific crime by any measure, in any society.

12 Aug 2007

The prevalence of male custodial rape in children’s homes, police stations and jails is an incontrovertible fact.