CRPF unjust to its own personnel by denying April 2017 Naxal attack was human rights violation

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers will recollect the dastardly attack on CRPF personnel that occurred in Chhattisgarh on 24 April, 2017. Left-wing extremist (LWE) groups carried out an attack on a team of 90 CRPF personnel who were on duty, sanitising a stretch of the public road being constructed in the Burkapal-Chintagufa area of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh. … More CRPF unjust to its own personnel by denying April 2017 Naxal attack was human rights violation

Sustainable Development Goal 16: India’s failure to reduce all forms of violence and related deaths

Excerpts from the Wada Na Todo Abhiyan report* on Sustainable Development Goal 16, which aims at promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels: Number of victims of intention homicide per 100,000 population, by sex and age According to … More Sustainable Development Goal 16: India’s failure to reduce all forms of violence and related deaths

Taking photos of women defecating in open encourages men to commit acts of sexual violence

Several organisations, including People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Suchna ka Adhikar Evam Rozgar Abhiyan, and activists Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey, Kavita Srivastava, Bhanwar meghwanahi, Kailash Meena, Harkesh Bugalia, Mamta Jaitly, Renuka Pamecha, Komal Srivastava, RD  Vyas, among others, sitting on a dharna in Jaipur to protest against lynching of Zafar Hussein, … More Taking photos of women defecating in open encourages men to commit acts of sexual violence

Sabarmati riverfront, inland waterways, Mahanadi dispute, are all newer forms of onslaught on rivers

By Shripad Dharmadhikary* Let me start this piece with three recent developments. Riverfront Development and Beautification: In early May 2017, a leading economic newspaper of the country carried a half page ad announcing auction of plots of lands overlooking the Sabarmati river in the heart of Ahmedabad city. The Sabarmati River Front in the city … More Sabarmati riverfront, inland waterways, Mahanadi dispute, are all newer forms of onslaught on rivers

Informal development in Ahmedabad’s Bombay Hotel contributed to violence, crime in locality

By Darshini Mahadevia, Renu Desai, Shachi Sanghvi,Suchita Vyas,  Aisha Bakde, Mo. Sharif Malek (CfD) and Rafi Malek (CfD) The Bombay Hotel locality in the southern periphery of Ahmedabad has developed mainly since the early/mid 2000s. Small and medium-scale builders acquired agricultural land through a series of informal transactions, developed the land for residential societies without … More Informal development in Ahmedabad’s Bombay Hotel contributed to violence, crime in locality