Mr.Choi,Jinho-a korean Freelance Photograher from May 18 Foundation,who documentated all photos of Dalit in Varanasi through photography is along with Shruti,Lenin,Kabeer
Lenin,Shruti,Anupam,Kang and Kabeer in Belwa
Shruti,Founder of Savitri Bai Phuley women Forum is giving speech at protest at Pindara SDM office of Varanasi
Shruti and her son Kabeer in Belwa village of Varanasi
Shruti and Lenin are talking with Nut Dalit
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Rule of colonial and feudal police in Uttar Pradesh
Dr.Lenin/Shabana Khan 21/11/2008 7:44:22 PM(IST)
On 125 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi India Government signed on UN CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT (UNCAT), but worst work yet to be ratified. The Police Laws are not yet reformed still they are following laws which were implemented last 125 years i.e. during British reign. Owing to this continuously police is doing torture which is threat to rule of law and democracy. Like this a tear –jerking story of police torture is highlighted by PVCHR through the YouTube and blogs.
PVCHR came to know about Dr. Amar Deep Gupta and did testimony with the joint endeavor of Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victim (RCT), Denmark for providing psychological support and un-censoring his voice for political campaign against torture. After looking video footage of police torture the brutal face of police in Uttar Pradesh same as a old age colonial form of police system. If you want to establish rule of law and democracy we have to make police system democratic, pro-people and scientific.
PVCHR also send petition to Director General of Police, Lucknow, National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, and United Nation Urgent action, Asian Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. In wee SP/AD of UPPCC replied Thank you for writing to us. Your complaint has been send to IG complaint cell of DGP UP at 1 Tilak Marg Lucknow for further action. Your are requested to wait for reply or contact IG Complaint cell directly at control room tel no 0522-2208596. Your interaction is extremely valuable to us.
Dr. Amar Deep Gupta is permanent resident of S 11/24 in Chowkaghat under jurisdiction Jaitpura in Varanasi district. Dr. Amar Deep was happily living with his joint family in his ancestral house. Dr. Amar Deep opens “Deep clinics” in one part of the house S 11/23 in chowkaghat since long time.
One day afternoon anti encroachment expedition came and start demolishing Dr. Amar Deep’s clininc with out giving any prior information, in which medicine and surgical instrument of lakhs Rupees were buried in the ground. Dr. Amar Deep Gupta advocate Ratan Deep Gupta shows all original supportive documents which prove it as his own ancestral property.
When Dr. Amar Deep was showing paper to Circle Officer Chetganj Mr. Ashok Kumar Verma then some anti element throw stone and C.O gets injury on his face in reactionary work Station officer, C.O, city magistrate and other policeman present at that time brutally beat Dr. Amar deep Gupta and Ratan Deep Gupta with stick and butt of the gun until both of them faint. Policeman arrest both Dr. Amar Deep and Ratan Gupta.
After of the incidence wife of Dr. Amar Deep (Ms. Mamta) and Ratan Deep Gupta (Ms. Shikha) went to Jaitpura police station to know about their husband. Station in charge Hari Ram Maurya and other police officer start abusing both Mamta and Shikha with filthy word. Police officer yelled and tried to terrorize them by swinging stick. Mamta and Shikha through media came to know that Dr. Amardeep and Ratan Deep are kept in Jaitpura police station.
According to Mamta and Shikha Dr. Amar Deep Gupta was faint and Ratan Deep Gupta right leg was fractured and he was drenched with blood. Approximately at 1:30 pm Ratan Deep Gupta condition become critical due to bleeding and he was admitted to District hospital in Varanasi in police custody. Amar Deep Gupta also becomes serious and he was also admitted to District hospital at 9 pm in the night. Dr. Amar Deep Gupta and his brother were beaten by police and inspite of this there were charged under fake case under section 147/325/332/333/352/353/504/506 of Indian Penal code and cr. L A .Act by police officer.
Political will and the people’s courage are very important for fighting back the torture and it is a real example of that. One person did recording of entire atrocities with his mobile phone and inform to PVCHR.
Before taking testimony Dr. Amar Deep Gupta was in phobia and fear with the police and he has feeling of Shame. However after testimony Dr. Amar Deep is agree to fight back against the atrocities done by the police. Otherwise case of him under carpet as his own private pain.
As election is coming and we, the people will make pressure on political party for the ratification of UNCAT and also for the reform in police law according the recommondation of police commission.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
ACHA-Pritam Rohila <firstname.lastname@example.org>
dateWed, Nov 19, 2008 at 9:01 PM
subjectNov 19, 2008: Rohila Peace Pilgrimage in India: Second Report
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Nov 19, 2008: Rohila Peace Pilgrimage in India: Second Report
Varanasi was last stop on the Indian part of our 2008 Peace Pilgrimage. Our visit there on October 29, 30 and 31 was quite a success.
On the first evening, the Citizen’s Front organized a formal ceremony for presentation of one of the four 2008 ACHA Peace Star Awards to Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi. Twenty-five individuals had been invited, but about seventy-five people showed up! Some of them had come from the neighboring state of Bihar.
Local newspapers and TV channels provided wide coverage to the Awards Ceremony on October 29 as well as the following day.
Credit goes primarily to the good work Dr. Raghuvanshi, his wife Shruti (see their picture attached with this message), and under their leadership, Peoples Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) have been doing, for the last several years, to improve the lot of the low caste and deprived sections in U. P. and Bihar.
Next morning we participated in a discussion with the students of the Malviya Peace Centre at Banaras Hindu University. The discussion was led by the Center Director Prof. Priyankar Upadhaya and Prof. Ashok Kaul of the BHU Sociology Department.
On October 31, our last day at Varanasi, we visited the PVCHR office, where we held a discussion with the key members of their staff on the theme of our Peace Pilgrimage – Peace in my Family, Harmony in My Neighborhood.
At Varanasi we also met with some residents of a Muslim neighborhood which had been the scene of communal clashes for several years during an annual Hindu religious procession through its streets. The problem was resolved when the Muslims decided to keep their shops and homes shuttered during the procession and not to respond to the aggressive posturing by some its participants and organizers.
Besides we learnt how a Muslim leader helped maintain communal harmony in the tension-laden city, just after a terrorist attack at a Varanasi Hindu temple.
Together with our meetings at Bhopal, Lucknow, and Allahabad, our visit to Varanasi marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the Association for Communal Harmony in Asia. It represented an attempt on our part to reach out beyond the Internet to establish personal contacts with some key peace, harmony and human rights organizations and their leaders.We hope to turn these contacts into effective working relationships.
Also as a part of our visit students of three public schools and one Madrasa took the ACHA Pledge of Peace and Harmony:
“I pledge –
I will not use mu hands or my words to harm anyone;
I will treat my sisters and daughters with at least as much love and respect as I treat my brothers and sons; and
I will treat all my neighbors as deserving of my respect, regardless of their class, caste sect or religion.”
Kundan and I are thankful to ACHA Members Dr. Sachin Tewari and Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi for the success of the Indian part of our Peace Pilgrimage. In spite of serious illness of his mother, Dr. Tewari arranged our meetings at Bhopal, Lucknow and Allahabad.
During our stay at Varanasi we also had the opportunity to visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon, and witness the sunrise prayers at the Dasashvamedha Ghat on the western bank of the River Ganges.
Since leaving Varanasi, we have witnessed the nightfall prayers to Ganga at Rishikesh, Chhath rituals at Hari-ki-Pairi, and the Sunset Flag Lowering Ceremony at the India-Pakistan Border Crossing at Wagah. Also we have visited the Chandi Temple at Haridwar, Golden Temple at Amritsar, Yadvindra Gardens at Pinjore, Rock Garden at Chandigarh, Taj Mahal and Fort at Agra, Chishti Dargah at Fathpur Sikri, Amber Fort and Birla Temple at Jaipur, and the Bahai Lotus Temple and Humayun Tomb at Delhi.
Besides, in the company of Arun, one of our sons, we have visited with family and friends at Rohtak, Karnal, Patiala, Jalandhar, Chheharta, Chandigarh, Murthal, Faridabad, and Delhi.
This morning (Nov 19) we have returned to Mumbai where we will enjoy the company and hospitality of our cousin Kuldip Mehta and his family until we embark on the Pakistan part of our Peace Pilgrimage on the night of November 23.
Pritam K. Rohila, Ph.D.
Association for Communal Harmony in Asia (ACHA)
www.asiapeace.org & www.indiapakistanpeace.org
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: A minor girl sacrifices her life due to negligance of administration
manoj kumar pandey 10/11/2008 12:02:22 PM(IST)
Varanasi: On 6th November, 2008 Namita died from diseases that affected her due to acute starvation. Due to death of Namita Pal her parents, sisters and brother were immersed in great sorrow. That time instead of showing sympathy, the police authority was trying to snatch the dead corpus of Namita Pal, as they wanted to dispose it off. When her family member denied to hand over the dead corpus to police, the police started to beat her father and mother. The police also pushed her minor brother. The authorities conducted an autopsy on her dead body and later disposed the body off in the River Ganges, without handing it over to the family.
However the PVCHR is informed that the autopsy report reveals that Namita died from acute pneumonia, anaemia and malnutrition. On 7th November, 2008, at 6:00 pm, PVCHR along with other human right organization had conducted a candle-light protest and pay their tribute to this small martyr before Ambedakar Statue at Kuchary in Varanasi. The worker of the different organization expressed their views and said that the death of Namita Pal was very shameful for administration as she was earlier detected as malnourishment of 4th grade and it came to the knowledge of administration. The police is making fearful to the person who silently putting his demand through administration. With this the police are directly violating the right of freedom and speech guaranteed to citizen in the article 19 of Indian Constitution along with administration the national human right commission is not able to protect the rights to live with dignity of a person. The core group member of PVCHR Ms Shruti Nagvanshi exclaimed with sorrow that in spite of all efforts we could not save this child. It is directly violation of right to live with dignity. The state government should act immediately.
In the meanwhile, it is also reported that the administration is in a hurry measuring the land the family was claiming so far and has already taken steps to allot the land to the family. However the land is allotted to the struggler Doodh Nath Pal for residence and one lakh rupees (Rs 100000/ ) has been given to him from the chief minister of UP. If this assistance would be provided earlier, life of that innocent could be saved. The administration realized its duty immediately after the death of that poor and innocent child.
However Asian Human Right Commission (AHRC) issued an urgent appeal on the application made by PVCHR which can be visited at http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2008/3065/
Instead of this a story in mynews.in has been published at http://www.mynews.in/fullstory.aspx?storyid=11758
Friday, November 7, 2008
Israel: Child Right Violation is spreading and alarming
Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi/Shabana Khan 7/11/2008 5:43:55 PM(IST)
On 4-5 June 2008 night Israel soldier arrest Salwa Salah and her cousin Sara Siureh from their homes in Bethlehem, in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Salwa Salah and her cousin Sara Siureh, age 16 and who turn 17 to this month.
The Israeli military commander placed them under administrative detention for four months without charge or trial, and without any arrangements in place to bring them to trial. On 5 October their administrative detention orders expired but were extended for a further three months until 3 January 2009. The Israeli army claims that Salwa and Sara were involved in activities which constitute a "security threat" but has provided no evidence to substantiate the allegations, thereby denying them the possibility of challenging the allegations before a court of law.
Both Sara and Salwa are detained in Damoun prison, in the north of Israel, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which stipulates that Palestinian detainees must be held within the Occupied Palestinian Territories and not in Israel.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1989, by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 44/25. The Convention entered into force in Israel in November 1991, but as with most other international conventions and treaties, Israel denies its applicability to the Palestinian territory.
Palestinian children are not protected by the legal and procedural safeguards that apply to Israeli children (under the age of 18) and are instead subject to Israeli military orders and procedures which do not comply with the UN Convention on the Right of the Child, to which Israel is a party. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has expressed concern that Israeli legislation discriminates between Israeli and Palestinian children.
They are among some 275 Palestinian children detained in Israeli jails, 13 of them detained administratively, without charge or trial. Administrative detention orders are issued by Israeli military commanders for terms of up to six months, which can be renewed indefinitely. Indeed, in 2007 alone, hundreds of Palestinian children have been arrested and detained, and around 340 are still currently imprisoned. Most of them are held inside Israel, in contravention of international humanitarian law. Furthermore, the Israeli military routinely resorts to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment amounting to torture when dealing with Palestinian children during arrest, interrogation and detention procedures.
Since the start of its occupation of the Palestinian territory in 1967, Israel has carried out policies and practices that have continuously violated Palestinian children'''s civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. These violations did not cease with Israel's ratification of the Convention in 1991. On the contrary, they escalated and reached unprecedented levels during the second Intifada . Between 1991 and September 2000 (period preceding the second Intifada ) 249 Palestinian children were killed as a result of Israeli military activity in the occupied territory, and since the start of the second Intifada (September 2000) 899 Palestinian children were killed by Israeli military activity.
These violations demonstrate that other States Parties to the UNCRC have failed to take measures, according to their individual and collective responsibility under the Convention, to place pressure on a State Party violating the Convention.
People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) is sturdily criticizing the arrest of these two girls and detention of other children in Israel prison. PVCHR also appeal please write letter to Shimon Peres President of the State of Israel email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org calling for the release of Salwa Salah and Sara Siureh unless they are charged with recognizable criminal offences and are promptly brought to justice in full compliance with international human rights standards ratified by Israel.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Presentation of ACHA Peace Star Award, 2008 to Dr Lenin Raghuvanshi
Sant Vivek Das/Manoj kumar pandey 3/11/2008 3:01:03 PM(IST)
On 29th October, 2008 the Executive Director of Association for Communal Harmony in Asia (ACHA) Dr Pritam K Rohila has given ACHA Peace Star Award, 2008 to Dr Lenin Raghuvanshi, a social activist, during his peace pilgrimage to India and Pakistan. On the occasion Ashok Anand moderated the ceremony. In his introductory speech he explained all about Dr Lenin and his organization People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Right (PVCHR). He told how Dr Lenin and his organization PVCHR had strived for the upliftment of most deprived Mushar, Nat community, bonded labour women and children. The ways of Dr Lenin was not easy, it was full of thorn.
However, in spite of hindrances Dr Lenin neither forgot his mission nor deviated from his path. When he made free to the bonded labour, he came at the target of influential person, who are the owner of brick kiln and received many threat from them. Dr Lenin not only strived to make them free but also made efforts to settle their life. The labour also received compensation and wages form their owner through Court due to initiation taken by Dr Lenin. When he worked for the upliftment of the dalits, nats mushar, he faced protest from upper caste. Always he was made realized that he born in upper caste so he should efforts for upper caste. Dr Lenin feels the pain of mushar nats by going to their locality. He made them aware about their rights and opportunities. Due to efforts of Dr Lenin, the Mushar, and the Nat communities get up and demanded for their rights. Now they have white and red ration card. Due to which they get ration at subsidy rate from government. Their problems of hunger have been reduced to maximum extent. In last Mr Ashok Anand focused on the family life of Dr Lenin and said that Dr Lenin married with Ms Shruti Nagvanshi and has an eight year old son Kabir Karunik. Ms Shruti Nagvanshi gave her contributory support to Dr Lenin in all walk of his struggle.
On the occasion the senior advocate Tanveer Ahamad Siddique told why he has nominated Dr Lenin for this award. He expressed his views in emphasized way. He supported his views by saying that when no upper caste persons like to go in mushars and nats locality, Dr Lenin not only went to their localty but also felt their pain. He became the ray of hope for these deprived communities. Advocate Tanveer Ahamad Siddique also told that when the riot between Hindu and Muslim took place and every body was living under fearful and horrible environment and no one had courage to come out of his house, that time Dr Lenin courageously leaded mashal julus (fire march) form Lahurabir to Madanpura to protest the NSA charged against the 13 muslim person. That time he challenged the administration and compelled the administration to take back the NSA from these 13 persons. He said that he nominated Dr Lenin for ACHA Peace Star Award, 2008 because of his overwhelming work for justice to victims of bonded labour, deprived community, women, and children and for raising voice for community in minority. In last advocate Tanveer Ahamad Siddique expressed his commitment to assist Dr Lenin in legal matter.
Another senior advocate Harishankar Singh was also present at the occasion and admired the work of Dr Lenin and he also appreciated Ms Shruti Nagvanshi for her valuable support to Dr Lenin in every walk of life. He added that the work of Dr Lenin was not easy but heartily cooperation of Ms Shruti Nagvanshi made it easy. Advocate Harishankar Singh also offered his legal assistances to Dr Lenin if necessary.
The recipient of the ACHA Peace Star Award, 2008 Dr Lenin told the importance of opportunity in the life of the person by giving the example of Kalpu. Kalpu was a person of the so called lower community of Gorakhpur, went to Halland (the Netherland) as a labour, but he returned as one of the top most billionaire of that country. He supported his statement by saying that the so called upper caste community had grabbed the opportunities of lower caste community from more than three thousand years. If they might be given opportunities, they will be able to prove their ability and skill like upper caste people. Dr. Lenin also said that this honor is not only belongs to him, he dedicated his award to Varanasi city, his organization PVCHR and its members. Dr Lenin expressed his views that all communal riots are sponsored by politician, fundamentalist and extremists. They attack on muslim to destroy the small scale industries and cottage industries of weaving, artisan, and other domestic art, so that the foreign company may launch their product at higher prices. These politicians, extremists, and fundamentalists are the real culprit and the innocent citizens are the victim.
The chief guest of ceremony Dr. Pritam K. Rohila and his wife Mrs. Kundan also expressed his opinon. Dr Pritam K Rohila told about ACHA and said that after the demolition of Babri Masque in 1992 in Ayodhaya, a large scale massacre took placed in India and Pakistan. Communal riots in these countries took the life of many innocent people. It disturbs the peace of Asia. So it was decided to spread harmony in these two communnities. He founded ACHA in Portland, USA. This award has been started from 1995. This award is given to the person who promotes peace and harmony in communities in Asian countries. He also told that every year they select a theme for ACHA. This year’s theme is “peace in my family, harmony in my neighborhood.”
ACHA has a pledge of peace and harmony, which are as follows:
I pledge –
I will not use my hands or my words to harm anyone:
I will treat my sisters and daughters with at least as much love and respect as I treat my brothers and sons; and
I will treat all my neighbors as deserving of my respect, regardless of their class, sect, or religion.
He also appealed to organize Indo-Pak Peace Day on any day between 14th August Pakistan’s Independence Day and 21st September International Peace Day. He added that India and Pakistan are neither the enemies of each other nor they are dangerous for each other. So, first time in the history Pakistan has replaced its army from Indian border. It indicates that the environment of India and Pakistan is good at present. Both the countries are the victim of extremist and fundamentalist, who reside in these countries. He also said “if god creates us, why are we discriminating and spreading hatred among community? God treats us equal, who are we to treat the human community unequal?” This is dangerous for every one. He said that peace movement is not like the other movements against any particular task as the task completes the movements also finish. The peace movement is a precautionary measure and it should be promoted continuously so that the disturbances may be prevented. Peace movement is not a movement until general person will not cooperate. He also acknowledged the efforts of PVCHR for dalits, bonded labour, children and woman. He also said that this is the land of Mahavir, Buddha, Kabir etc, so he started his peace pilgrimage from India. He will also go to Pakistan to give this award to B.M. Kutty, Karamat Ali Mubshir Mirza during his peace pilgrimage. Mrs Kundan admired the work of Dr. Lenin and appealed to the people that if in so early age Dr. Lenin could do this job, why every person should not try to do the same. She said that she had learned many things from Dr. Lenin and PVCHR. She also appealed to the people to forget the past event which created enmity and overlook the mistakes committed by other and forgive them. She also appealed to the people to live with harmony, so that actual human development can take place.
Though the entire person acknowledged the work done by Dr Lenin and described their views from different angle, but in last every person recognized the importance of peace. All of them advocated maintaining peace in their family. Peace in family brings peace in society, peace in society brings peace in locality, and peace in locality brings peace in countries. All of these automatically bring peace in the world.
In last Ms. Shruti Nagvanshi expressed his thanks to Dr. Pritam K Rohila, his wife Mrs. Kundan, Advocate Tanveer Ahamad Siddiqui, Advocate Harishakar Singh, Ashok Anand and all the members and staff of PVCHR along with media person and other person presented at the occasion.
In this regard Archbishop Desmond Tutu, P C Alexgender - Retd. IPS & Human Right Defender, Sankar Sen - Retd IPS & Ex. Director of National Human Right Comission, Bijo Francis- Asian Human Right Commission, Chris Cusmano – Ashoka Innovator for public, Advt. Fr. Dibakar Parichcha – Secretary Social Communication Archdocese Cuttack, Bhubneshwar, Dr Darin – Srilankan Economist, Mr Eric- RCT, Advt. John Clancey - Chairperson Asian Human Right Commission, Mr Subodh – Chairperson Forum Asia, Nagi Maganti – Filmmaker, Baseer Naweed – Ashoka Fellow Pakistan, Shobha Nayer – Editor Dignity Dialogue, Henri – People’s Watch, Voice of People(VOP), Shabanam Hashmi –ANHAD, Awais Sheikh - Peace Ambassador President Pak-India Peace Initiatives, Kamal Pathak – Coordinator Documentation and Protection Unit Advocacy Forum-Nepal, Kate Currawalla - President Maharashtra Dyslexia Association, Amitabh Thakur - SP (intll), Faizabad, Faras Mukhtar - Country Director Strategic World Impact, etc have sent congratulation from the core of their heart to Dr Lenin Raguvanshi for this great achievement.
Sant Vivek Das is theHead Priest of Kabir ChauraMath.