Tuesday, January 20, 2015
PVCHR: Urgent Appeal: India: State of impunity and eye wa...: ………………………………………………………………………………… ISSUES: Corruption; impunity; threat, right to live with dignity, Malnutrition, Right to Education, Mas...
Posted by Lenin Raghuvanshi at 1:38 AM
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Posted by People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights at 10:53 AM
Guests featured in Season 3 talk about the overwhelming response they received after they appeared on the show
I received so many calls, SMSes and messages on Facebook from people who watched the episode. Many of them loved Aamirji's stand on who a 'Moga' is. My mother told me after seeing the show that we need to bring a change in how we bring up our children. That was a great realization for her. Some casteist people as well as patriarchs said that they are surely going to change. My partner Shruti is very happy that I told the truth. Thank you for bringing me closer to my loved ones.
Posted by People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights at 6:10 AM
Sunday, January 11, 2015
"Relations between India and Nepal have traditionally been close since ancient times as a result of geographical location and common religious, linguistic and cultural identities that overlap the two countries. Our relations with Nepal have been cordial for centuries. With ‘Kathmandu to Kashi’: a cultural exchange art exhibition by Nepal artists, relationship of Nepal with Banaras in context of plural and inclusive culture has been reenergized and strengthened. Trust and affection between the people of the two countries have increased as a result. The Nepal-India relationship is based on the principles of peace and friendship, like respecting each other’s sovereignty, non-interference on each other’s internal matters and ensuring peaceful coexistence. Both countries have been respecting these principles. Congratulation all artists associated with initiative and a lot of wishes to Amit Kumar, MEHTA ART GALLERY, Benaras and Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) a grand artistic success".
Founder and CEO
Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR)
2007 Gwangju Human Rights Awardee
2010 Weimer International Human Rights awardee
Posted by People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights at 10:34 AM
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Dear parents of “Shama”, (name changed)
After receiving the news from Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi/PVCHR with details of your daughter Shama's torture and painful dying and cruelty of her death through 3 boys, and other cruel acts on innocent people, I feel deeply shocked, but immediately encouraged to write to you and in name for other discriminated and murdered innocent victims, too.
From far away country Germany, I would like firstly to express my sincerest condolences and sympathy to you, your family, Shama’s friends and all the other victims as well on behalf of the “Indo-German Society Remscheid” and its chairperson. However, most of all I feel with you as mother and already grandmother of a granddaughter of the age of 21, who is studying here, independent of religion or social class.
But murderer arbitrary by rape it can happen her in Germany too!
Secondly, we are aware of the apparent absence of the rule of law, tremendous justice and arbitrary acts, which come only into force for people like you and your dear daughter Shama!
Herewith I would like to assure our undivided solidarity and further support for you in agreement and together with Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi/PVCHR, with whom we are working together since 2002 for the values of humanity: Human rights, dignity and education for all!
On 28 February 2012, the "Helma Ritscher Education Scholarship Fund” was established in Baghwanala by Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi on my behalf. This long-term, sustainable initiative offers underprivileged boys and, in particular, girls a chance of further education.
It would have been such a great honour for me to see Shama participating in this scholarship…….
Dear parents, you are not alone any longer!
With Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and his organization at your side, your own power and undivided solidarity from us in Germany, you will never stop filing complaints and never stop fighting for justice in face of a long history of unfairness and injustice, because you will never stop loving your daughter!
God bless you! Now I am going to light a candle for you, PVCHR and our friends and for India!
After receiving your mail with the news of Shama's (name changed) torture and painful dying, being molested by 3 boys since June 2014, I feel not only so deeply shocked and speechless about the cruelty of her death, but also about the other “murdered human beings”.
On one hand, a girl in the age of 20, who was the only girl in her family, not bound by an arranged marriage, this girl was studying and had dreams of getting a job and supporting her poor family. With this attributes she and her poor family represent a progressive and democratic thinking and acting India, releasing from “degrading traditional fetters”.
On the other hand, it makes me seriously thinking about the apparent absence of the rule of law, tremendous justice and arbitrary acts, which come only into force for the “neglected human beings, suffering for their dignity and rights”, at the boarder of Indian society.
From my point of view, this is in opposite to the, for example, progressive and developed India as appreciated economic miracle and unique culture in the world.
I feel my duty and responsibility as human being at all, on behalf of the Indo- German Society Remscheid and as its Chairperson, again to assure our undivided solidarity and support with you, dear Lenin, and PVCHR. - Our undivided solidarity goes to Shama’s parents too, symbolically for all, who were and still arediscriminated and murdered by the “blind power from past”, which is still alive in the head of followers in present.
Dear Lenin, you and PVHR stand for the values of humanity. With and for the marginalized people -independent of religion or social class in their struggle for rights, rights for education, appreciation as equal human beings in dignity -you stigmatize the cruel criminals and “all the blind “ to the “real poor” and pay tribute to the death of dear Shama and all victims for not in vain.
Thank you heartily, dear Lenin/PVCHR, that we can stand behind you since 2002 and participate as your long lasting partner and friend through our cooperation in the fate of the marginalized people und friend of beloved India.
India remains for me a symbol of an immortal banyan tree where every moment new roots of love and appreciation are growing into the heart “of all Indian human beings”, while bad and ill roots are dying.
In deep attachment and with best wishes from Remscheid.
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Posted by People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights at 4:02 AM
The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) issues an appeal. Half of the world's slaves are in India, mostly Dalits and Tribals. Non-Hindu "untouchables" do not have access to the rights and benefits provided by Scheduled Caste (SC) status.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - In a message relayed by AsiaNews for 48th World Day of Peace, which was marked yesterday, Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), said that it is necessary "to grant Christian and Muslim Dalits the status of Scheduled Caste (SC)" so as to end "the discrimination they suffer because of their faith," and stop "the violation of the secular nature of India's Constitution."
Released in October 2013, the First Global Slavery Index shows that India is home to almost half of the world's slaves: 13.9 million of nearly 30 million. Nearly 90 per cent of them are caught up in human trafficking within the country. Most of them are Dalits ("untouchables") and tribal. Last but not least, out of India's 25 million Christians, 20 million are Dalits.
As non-Hindus, Christian and Muslim Dalits were never granted the status of Scheduled Caste (SC), which since 1950 gives so-called "untouchables" some benefits and privileges, including reserved places in schools and public sector employment. Later, amendments extended the same benefits to Sikhs and Buddhists.
"India is a multi-religious society," said the Christian leader, "and the survival of such a society is only possible if all religions are treated equally, without favour or discrimination."
"Secularism implies that people of different faiths are equal before the law, the constitution and the government," Sajan George said emphatically. "A second requirement is the separation of religion and politics. If this existed, there would be no discrimination."
"However, Dalit Christians are unfortunately victimised twice; first, because of their faith, and second, because of their caste. This way, they are pushed to the margins of society."
For the GCIC's president, Pope Francis' message for the World Day of Peace, titled 'No longer slaves, but brothers and sisters,' "is a prophetic call to end the double discrimination suffered by our Dalit brothers and sisters".
Lenin Raghuvanshi, secretary general of the People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), also called on people to listen and heed the pontiff's words.
Often radical Hindu groups accuse Christian missionaries and Catholics of converting by force" or in exchange of "economic benefits" members of society's most vulnerable groups, i.e. Dalits and Tribals".
However, "conversion to Christianity does not bring any benefit or improvement in Dalits' socio-economic status," Sajan George noted.
"In fact, they are still trapped in the old caste system, based on prejudices and discrimination, which only lead to poverty and deprivation through the denial of equal opportunities and access to resources and services."
Posted by People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights at 3:58 AM