Caste-based discrimination for cremating those who pass away in this North Gujarat village

Kantilal Parmar, a senior Dalit rights activist, has written a letter* to Gujarat revenue minister Kaushik Patel, insisting on the need to allocate land for a separate cremation ground for the Dalit community of a village in North Gujarat. Text of the letter: We belong to a Scheduled Caste (SC) community, are citizens of India, … More Caste-based discrimination for cremating those who pass away in this North Gujarat village

Bringing Shudras, ati-Shudras on one platform: Consultation for a new neo-Dalit movement

The People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCRC), a Varanasi-based NGO, proposes to organize consultation for the creation of of a neo-Dalit movement on August 9, the Quit India day. Lenin Raghuvanshi, who heads the NGO, in a statement, says that the consultation, to be held at Moolgadi Kabirchaura Math, Kabirchaura, Varanasi, is meant to … More Bringing Shudras, ati-Shudras on one platform: Consultation for a new neo-Dalit movement

Brutal suppression of dissent in the name of curbing anti-national threats and Maoist terror

National Alliance of People’s Movements statement condemning the arrest of pro-people activists Shoma Sen, Advocate Surender Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, and Mahesh Raut by the Maharashtra Police, demanding their immediate and unconditional release: At around 6 am on the 6th of June, Professor Shoma Sen – Head of the English Department in Nagpur University and a … More Brutal suppression of dissent in the name of curbing anti-national threats and Maoist terror

Maharashtra Dalit arrests are a blatant violation of citizens’ right to freedom of expression, dissent

People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Maharashtra, statement condemning the arrest of Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut and Rana Jacob on 6th June 2018: PUCL strongly condemns the vindictive and arbitrary arrest of Advocate Surendra Gadling, Mr. Sudhir Dhawale, Mr. Rona Wilson, Ms. Shoma Sen, Mr. Mahesh Raut and Mr. … More Maharashtra Dalit arrests are a blatant violation of citizens’ right to freedom of expression, dissent

Police had advance information of April 2 Bharat bandh, why was there no preventive measure?

By Dr VA Ramesh Nathan, PS Krishnan IAS (retd)* The National Coalition for Strengthening Prevention of Atrocities (PoA) Act strongly condemns the caste based atrocity unleashed on Dalits in in several parts of the country including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh on April 2, 2018, which resulted in nine Dalits … More Police had advance information of April 2 Bharat bandh, why was there no preventive measure?

Police used ‘exclusive force’ against Dalits’ peaceful demonstrations across India on April 2

International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) statement condemning police brutality against peaceful demonstrations of Dalits in India on April 2: The International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR), a global policy advocacy organization, along with hundreds of its associates strongly condemns police brutality against peaceful demonstrations collectively organized by Dalit Organizations, Schedule Castes/Schedule Tribes (SC/STs) and Other … More Police used ‘exclusive force’ against Dalits’ peaceful demonstrations across India on April 2

Stifling peaceful protests, blocking Dalits from claiming their rights will undermine govt legitimacy

Dalit protestors’ voices must not be suppressed, says Amnesty International India: “State governments must ensure that Dalit protestors are not denied their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression”, Amnesty International India said today. State police must not detain anyone simply for claiming their rights, and must bring to justice those responsible for attacking … More Stifling peaceful protests, blocking Dalits from claiming their rights will undermine govt legitimacy