Monday, October 29, 2012

Compensation to the deceased "TEEN SHOT DEAD BY CRPF MEN"

New Delhi, India
Case Details of File Number: 136/3/8/2012-PF
Diary Number38062
Name of the ComplainantDR. LENIN, GENERAL SECRETARY

Name of the VictimBOGA GARH

Place of IncidentDOLAMARA

Date of Incident12/8/2011
Direction issued by the CommissionLINK WITH CASE NO. 343/3/8/2011-PF Rs. 3,00,000/- compensation has been paid to the relatives of the deceased from the Chief Minister's relief fund. Hence the matter stands disposed of.
Action TakenConcluded and No Further Action Required (Dated 5/28/2012 )
Status on 10/30/2012The Case is Closed.

IT-opptur for Indias kasteløse/IT boom for India's Untouchables

 Rohit Kumar, young staff of PVCHR especially published, both in the printed as well as the web edition of the NORAD magazine Bistandsaktuelt. The article also described about PVCHR and its founder. Story by Hanne and Photo by Ken

Monday, October 22, 2012

Houses of Dalits demolished by members of Upper Caste in U.P.; NHRC issues to the State Government

Houses of Dalits demolished by members of Upper Caste in U.P.; NHRC issues to the State Government New Delhi, October 17th, 2012 The National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh to submit report within four weeks into allegations made in the news report that four houses belonging to Dalits in Bhita Village in Allahabad were demolished by members of upper caste. Reportedly, the assailants took away the steel, cement and other construction material lying there. They also injured five Dalits when they tried to oppose them. Allegedly, the police did not register an FIR, when members of Dalit community approached them. The Commission has observed that the content of press report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of Dalits. The news report was forwarded to the Commission by a complainant.

( L A W D I V I S I O N )

Case No. 35762/24/4/2012           

To ,

     Whereas the Complaint/Intimation dated 10/10/2012 recieved from DR. LENIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR in respect of REENA DEVI,URMILA DEVI,MOHAL LAL,PHOOL CHHARI DEVI was placed before the Commission on 17/10/2012. And Whereas upon persuing the Complaint the Commission has passed the Following order: Dr. Lenin, General Secretary, Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights, vide his letter dated 26.9.2012, has forwarded a newspaper report captioned, "Dalit Basti Par Dhawa Bol Char Makan Dhaai" that appeared in a local newspaper, 'Jansandesh Times', dated 15.7.2012. He requested appropriate action in the matter.

The press report alleges that four houses belonging to Dalits in Bhita Village in Allahabad were demolished by members of the upper caste. The assailants took away with them the steel, cement and other construction material lying there on a tractor trolley in the presence of police. The members of the upper caste also injured five members of the scheduled caste community when they tried to oppose them. It is also alleged in the report that the police did not register an FIR, after it was approached by the victims. The contents of the press report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of Dalits. Issue notice to the Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh and the District Magistrate, Allahabad to submit a report in the matter within four weeks.

Now therefore take notice that you are required to submit the requested information / Report within from the date of reciept of this notice. Take further notice that in default the Commission may proceed to take such action as it deems proper. Given under my hand and seal of the Commission this the day of 10/17/2012.


Petition to NHRC

Sunday, October 21, 2012

PVCHR: A tale of two villages:a story of Economist

PVCHR: A tale of two villages:a story of Economist: Malnutrition in the area persists, says Lenin Raghuvanshi of a non-governmental organisation in eastern Uttar Pradesh. from the report...

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Salute to great missionary individuals in PVCHR are active for VMG of PVCHR

PVCHR: Salute to great missionary individuals in PVCHR ar...: As a ED and founder of PVCHR, I am thinking very seriously about commitment (

Witch Hunting in Sonbhadra: Reality and Intervention

Witch Hunting in Sonbhadra: Reality and Intervention


Shruti Nagvanshi[i] and Shirin Shabana Khan[ii]


It is impossible for Jagesari Devi (32), a tribal woman of Sonebhadra district, to forget the fateful day when she became a victim of witch hunting and her tongue was chopped off. She was branded a 'dayan' (witch) by a local 'ojha' (sorcerer). Though her wounds have healed, the scars remain forever. The unforgettable nightmare has rendered the Holi festival colourless for her.


"Am I really a dayan," wonders Jagesari, and following this inhuman act of others, today she can neither speak properly nor can eat or drink with ease.


Witch hunting is still prevalent and brutally practiced in the twenty-first century in the rural part of India. Almost every other day, a woman is branded a witch or victimised for witch-hunting in the hinterlands of Uttar Pradesh, where Government and NGOs deliberately keep mum on that issue. PVCHR came to know through local dailies and activists that witch hunting are committed in the remotest corner of the State as it is practiced in Mayourpur block of Dudhi tehsil in Sonebhadra district of Uttar Pradesh.


To probe into the fact that women branded ‘witch’, then a squad of the psycho therapist reached Mayourpur and provided the psychological support through testimonial therapy to the victimized women. They badly need to regain their dignity and honour through a form of social recognition in which their private truth is openly recognised and becomes public truth, and their suffering is acknowledged and becomes part of social memory. A general silence often surrounds political repression, as if it only exists in the minds of the survivor, but the narratives of the survivors will preserve history.

Mayourpur, a place which is quite economically backward, where people have almost no access to the basic necessities of life be it education and health care. In this kind of situation, people tend to be steeped into obscurantism and superstition. And anything bad that might befall these villagers like bad crop, diseases, sudden and unexplained death of someone in the family, or drying of well tend to be considered the work of some evil ‘witch’. Thus begins a witch hunt to locate the person responsible. When daughter of Jagesari’s brother-in-law Sahdev died due to illness on August 1, 2010, she went to Sahdev’s house to condole the death, she saw that an ojha present there. He started branding Jagesari as a dayan (witch) and made her responsible for the death. The villagers gathered for the burial stood as mute spectators and her tongue was slashed as punishment. 



Manbasia (45) is another woman who has been subjected to inhuman ordeal in Ghaghari Tola Sahgora village, under Babhani police station, in Myorpur block of Sonebhadra district. After the demise of a boy in the village, she was not only attacked with sharp weapons but also paraded naked in public on July 17, 2010. "I was not a dayan, then why was I paraded naked?" she questioned. Her husband Jodhilal said he had to mortgage his land for his wife's treatment.


The frequency of such assaults and the dismal conviction rate, despite the existence of the Prevention of Witch Practices Act, has terrified victims into a silent acceptance of the cruelty.   Some of the most common concerns in relation to witch hunting are that in very few cases have the authorities actually responded to the complaints, and witch hunting is severely under reported, poorly investigated and prosecuted with negligible rates of conviction. The police often do not register FIRs.


The easiest way to grab a woman’s property in rural hinterland is to brand her a witch. Unbelievable but horrifically true in 21st century India, women in the interiors of states are beaten, paraded naked, disgraced, ostracised and then robbed of their land by anti-social elements and sometimes even greedy relatives. Witch hunting is a tool to oppress the critical thinking and wider participation of women in decision making process in the patriarchal society. In our Bhojpuri language they are called as Kan – Dayan (initial form of witch hunting).


However, the conviction rate for witch hunting crimes is dismal. The perpetrators, in most cases, are male relatives and their motive is to usurp the property of single women. The modus operandi is to disgrace and ostracise the victim. "


The fact is that it is not superstition that is at the root of many of these accusations of witchcraft but socio-economic factors: land-grabbing, property disputes, personal rivalry and resistance to sexual advances. In many cases, a woman who inherits land from her deceased husband is asked to disown the land by her husband's family or other men. If she resists, they approach the Ojhas and bribe them to brand her a witch. This strategy of branding a woman a witch is also used against women who spurn the sexual advances of the powerful men in the community.


PVCHR organized honoured these women on 10th March, 2011 on the death anniversary of Savitri Bai Phule[iii] known as Bharti Mahila Mukti Diwas. The honour ceremony was organized in the Varanasi city and it was riskier in the village. The objective of the ceremony was to get them to resettle back into village.


PVCHR immediately intervened and sent the testimonies to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), New Delhi and Director General of Police (DGP) Lucknow
to draw its attention towards this social evil and get victims of witch hunting some justice, Mr. Deepak Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Sonbhadra in a vide letter no. एस /शि - 26 /11 dated 9th May 2011 directed to be vigilant in preparing a list of actors, who brand women as witch, especially the Ojha, Sokha and the others involved in this type of activity. It requested to hold regular meetings with an effort to create awareness against the practice of witch hunting.


On 25th September, 2011 PVCHR wrote open letter to Prime Minster of India[iv] and demand for a national legislation and special empowerment programme for the women in the witch hunting- prone area and awareness campaign to promote education and health. 





Friday, October 12, 2012

PVCHR: Where is government or international player?

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

PVCHR: Reconciliation to honor the reconciliation movemen...

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Open letter to Member of Parliament

Dear Sir/Madam,

Greetings from PVCHR
I want to bring in your kind attention towards regarding appointment of women member in National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), New Delhi after the retirement of Shri P.C Sharma, former member NHRC. In the past, the NHRC had women members, namely, Justice Fathima Beevi (1993) and Justice Sujata Manohar (1999). At present, however, no woman sits as member of the NHRC.

Therefore it is a kind request to appoint women member from the disadvantage group or minority for achieving plurality and diversity among the commission. The process of appointment must be totally transparent and not restricted to only retired Judges or Chief Justices of the Supreme Court or to former bureaucrats – IAS, IPS, IFA, or IRS, etc., but must be expanded to include the great wealth of India’s moral, intelligent, and dedicated leaders. 
Thanking You 
Sincerely Yours
Lenin Raghuvanshi
Secretary General
Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights

Gwangju Human Rights Award – 2007
Association of Cultural Harmony in Asia (ACHA) Star Peace Award – 2008
Director of ACHA - Since 2009
International Human Rights Award of Weimar (Germany) - 2010
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

PVCHR: Fake Encounter, Four Manipur Cops Suspended

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Friday, October 5, 2012

PVCHR: साम्प्रदायिक पुलिसिया अत्याचार के खिलाफ अलीगढ जन घ...

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