The long years of Army presence in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in the North East have demonstrated that the first casualty of military suppression is justice.
In a recent judgment the Supreme Court of India, in the case of Masooda Parveen versus Union of India, rejected a writ petition under Articles 32 (Right to Constitutional Remedies) and 21 (Protection of life and personal liberty) filed by the wife of one Ghulam Mohiud-in Regoo who died in Army custody, on the ground that the deceased was a militant.
This document was prepared by PUDR on the occasion of Dr. Ramanthan Memorial Meeting, dated 15th September 2007.
In 2001, PUDR had brought out a report‘Hard Drive’ on workers’ agitation in Maruti Udyog Ltd, which had led to a lockout and severe repression by the management.
The prevalence of male custodial rape in children’s homes, police stations and jails is an incontrovertible fact.
On 15 November 2006, fifteen construction workers employed at the School for Physical Sciences (SPS) site in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) were dismissedby the contractor when they protested a Rs. 5 cut in their daily wages.The post-cut Rs. 65 placed these workers, already living on hand-to-mouth existence, in a perilous position.
A 24 member team belonging to the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Rajasthan, the People's Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), Delhi, Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR), Punjab, and students of various National Law University colleges conducted a week-long study of the State and caste violence that gripped Rajasthan.
DR BINAYAK SEN, General Secretary, Chhattisgarh PUCL and National Vice President of PUCL was arrested by the Chhattisgarh police on 14 May 2007 under sections of the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2005 and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 for alleged links with banned Maoist groups.
This report is the result of a joint fact-finding conducted by various democratic rights organisations (PUCL Chhattisgarh; Lok Shahi Hakk Sangathana, CPDR, Ramai Pratisthan, Mumbai; PUDR, Samajik Nyay Samiti, Jaatiya Shoshan Virudh Sangharsh Samiti, Sangharshrat Naujawan Sangathan, Dalit Intellectual Forum of Human Rights, Editor Apeksha, Delhi; PUCL, Committe Against Violance on Women, I