Monday, January 26, 2015

Child right and Lenin Raghuvanshi

Article of Dr. Archana Kuashik and Lenin Raghuvanshi published in foundation day publication of Odisha State Commission for protection of Child Rights,named Child Rights Today.Please read follows:

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ACHA Dr LeninRaghuvanshi Final

PVCHR: Urgent Appeal: India: State of impunity and eye wa...

PVCHR: Urgent Appeal: India: State of impunity and eye wa...: ………………………………………………………………………………… ISSUES: Corruption; impunity; threat, right to live with dignity,  Malnutrition, Right to Education, Mas...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

How old is Lenin Raghuvanshi? Age, Birthday, Facts |

How old is Lenin Raghuvanshi? Age, Birthday, Facts |

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.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Invitation:‘Kathmandu to Kashi’: a cultural exchange art exhibition by Nepal artists

"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".

With regards,

Lenin Raghuvanshi
Founder and CEO
Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR)
2007 Gwangju Human Rights Awardee
2010 Weimer International Human Rights awardee

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Death of dear Shama and all victims for not in vain

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.
Links of original letters:

For Indian activist, pope's peace message entails rights for Christian and Muslim Dalits

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."

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Rule of Law or Rule of Lord in Modi of Banaras,India?

#PVCHR continues to strive harder for peace, justice and equality!! PVCHR's efforts have gone till United Nations and now the entire world is closely monitoring the case in Varanasi. However there is no action against the Police under sec 166 a under Indian Penal Code!!
Below is the link of English News Daily 'The Hindu' covering the same:

पीएम के संसदीय क्षेत्र में लड़की को जिंदा जलाने का मामला पहुंचा संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघ

Let us listen to Francis against slave labour, scourge of India

We, from the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR) and Justice Ventures International (JVC), join Pope Francis' in his message 'Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters' to mark the 48th World Day of Peace, which will be celebrated on 1 January 2015.

#endslavery, #slavery, #pvchr, #pope, #slave 

Let us listen to Francis against slave labour, scourge of India

Lenin Raghuvanshi
The secretary general of the People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) analyses the problem of human trafficking. Out of 30 million victims of bonded labour or slavery in the world, nearly half are in India.

Varanasi (AsiaNews) - Poverty, the caste system, autocratic attitude, divisions related to religious and patriarchal mentality are the leading causes of slave labour in India.
Reflecting on the pope's message for the 48th World Day of Peace, Dalit activist and secretary general of the People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) Lenin Raghuvanshi looks at the situation.
Let us free the captives, fight the traffickers and unite to end the global scourge of modern slavery.
We, from the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR) and Justice Ventures International (JVC), join Pope Francis' in his message 'Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters' to mark the 48th World Day of Peace, which will be celebrated on 1 January 2015.
Justice Ventures International (JVI) is a human rights organisation that works closely with government and civil society organisations to address issues related to bonded labour and human trafficking.

In the past two and half years, the organisation has been successful in liberating 243 bonded labourers through advocacy with different levels of government, i.e. district, state and national administrations.
Since 1996, about 3,500 bonded labourers have been set free from the organised bonded labour system.

Some 30 million people are enslaved or bonded labour worldwide, trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labour, victims of debts bondage or even born into servitude.
Almost half of the 30 million are in India, where slavery ranges from bonded labour in quarries and kilns to commercial sex exploitation.

In India's Punjab state, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children are forced to work as bonded labourers in quarries and brick kilns where they receive little or no pay in return for a loan typically used for survival, including medical costs.

Bonded labour exists in our society today for several reasons, such as economic differences, the caste system, autocratic attitudes, communal mind-set and patriarchal ideas. Dalits (the lowest caste, once known as 'untouchables') are the most affected. For women and children, the situation is worse.
Bonded labour is the most widely used method of enslaving people around the world. A person becomes a bonded labourer when their labour is demanded as a means of repayment for a loan. The person is then tricked or trapped into working for very little or no pay, often for seven days a week. The value of their work becomes invariably greater than the original sum of money borrowed. Often, the debts are passed on to next generations.

Bonded labourers are forced to work to repay debts their employers say they owe, and they are not allowed to work for anyone else. Various forms of force are used to make sure they stay. In many cases, they are kept under surveillance, sometimes under lock and key. Poverty and the threats of violence (including their families) force many bonded labourers to stay with their masters.
Debts often play an important element in human trafficking. People who are offered a 'job' abroad often have to borrow big sums of money to pay the traffickers to cover the costs of their journey and a fee for finding a 'job', often borrowing money against their family house or business. When, at the destination, it turns out that the promised job does not exist, they cannot leave until their debt is paid off.

Bonded labour exists because of the persistence of poverty and the existence of people who are prepared to exploit the desperation of others. The need for cash for daily survival forces people to sell their labour in exchange for a lump sum of money or a loan.

Other victims are captured or kidnapped before they are sold or kept for exploitation, whether through 'marriage,' unpaid labour on fishing boats, or as domestic workers.
Others are tricked or lured into situations from which they cannot escape, with false promise of a good job or an education.

Although bonded labour is illegal, governments are rarely willing to enforce the law or to ensure that those who profit from it are punished.

Widespread discrimination against some social groups means they have limited access to justice, education and ways to get themselves out of poverty, which is one of the main reasons for getting into debt.

Bonded labour and slavery exist despite being explicitly outlawed under the 1956 'United Nations Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institution and Practices Similar to Slavery'.

Forced labour affects millions of men, women and children around the world. Often it concerns under regulated sectors, like agriculture and fishing, domestic work, construction, mining and manufacturing, prostitution and sexual exploitation.
(Nirmala Carvalho contributed to this article)