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We are honored to share the invitation received from Vigil India Movement for the presentation of Rev. M.A Thomas Human Rights Award - 2016 to Lenin Raghuvanshi on 21 december 2016 at Bangalore
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
PVCHR Founder and CEO Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi have been nominated under the category CHILD RIGHTS ACTIVISTS. The voting lines will be open from 17th November 2016 and will be closed on 8th December 2016.
It is a request please support Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi by giving missed Call on +91- 7097397619 and also spread it among your friends, family and well-wishers for supporting this noble cause.
The Awards aims to set a Benchmark of being the most democratic award amongst others wherein it is the citizens who would vote for the final Nominees in respective categories, whom they consider eligible. The idea is to set good standards and promote democracy & transparency.
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Aradhana, who died of cardiac arrest, fasted to bring luck to her economically troubled family. Parents organised a funeral to venerate their daughter as a "holy child". Now they are being investigated for culpable homicide.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) – The death of a 13-year-old Jain girl after 68 days of fasting "is a heinous violation of human rights and of the dignity of a human being,” said Lenin Raghuvanshi, executive director of the Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR).
The noted Indian activist spoke to AsiaNews about the death of Aradhana, a girl who died who refused water and food as part of chaumasa, a ritual that marks the fourth holy month in the Jain religion.
The eighth grade student died of cardiac arrest in Secunderabad, Telangana. According to investigation, she fasted to bring luck to her financially-strapped family after her father's jewelry business suffered losses. During the fast, she only drank a few drops of water, according to a precise schedule.
Aradhana’s death has sparked bitter protests from activists, incensed at her parents, guilty in their eyes of failing to protect their daughter.
For their part, the parents, Lakshmichand Samdhariya and his wife Manisha, organised a funeral for their daughter as a bal tapasvi, a holy child. At least 600 people attended the service.
Police in Hyderabad are investigating whether the girl was forced to fast by parents, who have been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder (causing death by negligence) and cruelty to children (under the Juvenile Justice Act).
Prolonged fasting is a common practice in Jainism, and has been condemned by human rights advocates. For Lenin Raghuvanshi, "When religion is used for greed and power grabbing, we see misery, like in this case". Instead, "We must stop the use of our children in the name of religion and greed."
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Roma - La morte di una ragazza giainista di 13 anni, dopo 68 giorni di digiuno, "e' una ignobile violazione dei diritti umani e della dignita' di un essere umano". Lo afferma ad AsiaNews Lenin Raghuvanshi, noto attivista indiano e direttore esecutivo del Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (Pvchr), commentando la notizia della morte della giovane Aradhana, deceduta per essersi rifiutata di bere e mangiare per osservare il "chaumasa", un rituale che celebra il quarto mese sacro della religione gianista. La giovane, una studentessa dell'ottava classe, e' morta per arresto cardiaco a Secunderabad, nel Telangana. Secondo le indagini, la ragazza digiunava per attirare la fortuna sulla sua famiglia, che era in difficolta' economiche dopo che la gioielleria del padre aveva subito delle perdite. Nei giorni del digiuno rituale avrebbe assunto solo poche gocce d'acqua, ad orari precisi. La morte di Aradhana ha scatenato aspre proteste degli attivisti, che hanno messo sotto accusa la condotta dei genitori, colpevoli di non aver impedito il sacrificio della figlia. Al contrario, Lakshmichand Samdhariya e la moglie Manisha hanno organizzato un rituale funebre per venerare la figlia come "bal tapasvi" ["santa bambina"]. Al suo funerale hanno partecipato almeno 600 persone. La polizia di Hyderabad sta indagando se la ragazza sia stata costretta al digiuno da parte dei genitori, che nel frattempo sono stati imputati di omicidio colposo (morte provocata per negligenza) e per crudelta' contro i minori (in base ad una norma del Juvenile Justice Act). Il digiuno prolungato e' una pratica diffusa nel giainismo, e da tempo viene condannato dai difensori dei diritti umani. Lenin Raghuvanshi dichiara: "Quando la religione viene usata per avidita' e per agguantare il potere, allora assistiamo a miserie come questo incidente". "Abbiamo bisogno - conclude - di fermare l'uso dei nostri bambini in nome della religione e della cupidigia".(AGI)
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
War is symptom of conflict escalation. We need to work to create conflict transformation for sustainable peace based on dignity, reconciliation, rule of law and pluralism.
During partition of India and Pakistan, hundred thousands people faced organised violence at both sides. But there is no reconciliation, which is created a Mindset of hatred and distrust.
I ask for pardon to me from all innocent people and their families who faced organised violence in partition. And I appeal to Government of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to make effort for reconciliation for better world and Better South Asia.
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Friday, September 30, 2016
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Civil societies have been critical to these laws. In October, 2012, J. L. Chugh, joint secretary of the Indian Home Ministry, issued a statement to the local People’s Vigilance Committee (PVCHR) on Human Rights in India, and said a hearing would be convened to discuss the sedition law. PVCHR believes that concerned law is incompatible with democracy. PVCHR requested that the Indian parliament should immediately repeal this colonial era sedition law.
The Committee to Protect Journalist also believes that repealing such law would represent a commitment to press freedom and human rights that is in keeping with India’s democratic character. Democracies across the globe have already acted to repeal their sedition laws.
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From the beginning, Raghuvanshi was averse to the caste system. He refers to his higher caste Hindu upbringing as "feudal". This sprung the seed of social activism in him. He became the president of the Uttar Pradesh chapter of United Nations Youth Organisation at the age of 23 (1993).
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Monday, August 29, 2016
Message of EU In India at facebook as follows:
Congratulations Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi!
Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi, a human right activist, will be conferred the prestigious MA Thomas National Human Rights Award – 2016, in#Bangalore this September.
Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi is an #EUVP Alumni. His organisation Jan Mitra Nyas/#PVCHR has twice been a recipient of grant funds under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (#EIDHR), for their work towards prevention of police torture and rehabilitation of victims of torture.
Keep up the good work Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi!
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#EUVP #EU #pvchr #bangalore #u4humanrights
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Saturday, August 27, 2016
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#100women achievers of india : Ms Shruti Nagvanshi : A dedicated social worker: A dedicated social worker, Shruti has been the District General Secretary of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save Childhood Movement), a nationa...
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Friday, August 19, 2016
In the pursuit for gender freedom and girl’s empowerment through education, PVCHR in collaboration with Kamalika Foundation, on August 16, 2016, had organised, ‘Bicycle for Freedom’ program. Five bicycles were distributed to the girls who are financial weak and prone to sexual abuse. With the financial assistance from two hundred Swedish donors, so far, eighty bicycles have been distributed to the underprivileged girls. Smita Sharma, a photo photojournalist, who has taken up the cause of sexual violence in India and abroad, was present. Here’s a report by Shruti in the weekly column Torture & Dignity that will be published every Saturday exclusively in Different Truths.
In a time where domestic violence against women are increasing leaps and bounds , child abuse and molestation is happening on daily basis and victims of such terrible incidences are coerced to lives with social stigma – education plays a significant role to prevent such cases and empower victims. In this context, with mission to empower girl’s educations that are financially weak and prone to sexual abuse, People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) along with Rajdulari Foundation (Sweden) initiated ‘Bicycle for Freedom’ project.
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The Commission is also astonished to note that most of the brick kilns are being run without proper licence. Such operation without proper permits/licence not only causing huge revenue loss to the State exchequer but also leading to exploitation of labour and trafficking in human beings. In view of the findings of the enquiry teams, the Commission directs as under: i) Chief Secretary, Govt. of UP to instruct the District Magistrates in all the Districts for mapping of the brick kilns and other such units as several such units appears to be in operation without any permit in violation of laws not only causing huge revenue loss to the State exchequer but also leading to exploitation of labour and trafficking in human beings. ii) District Magistrate, Varanasi, U.P. to issue release certificate under BLSA Act. 1976 to all the bonded labourers after proper scrutiny. The Subsistence allowance should be immediately given to all the labourers. Their rehabilitation process should be started immediately with the concerned District Magistrates. iii) District Magistrate, Varanasi and Mirzapur, U.P. to organise periodical sensitization programme for SDM/Labour officers about conducting the enquiry relating to the Bonded Labourer System Abolition Act and other relevant laws/judgements given by the Hon'ble Supreme Court. Vigilance Committee needs to be activated in identifying, release rehabilitation of bonded labourers. iv) DM, Varanasi and Mirzapur, UP to ensure that the basic amenities including the living conditions be improved and the Provisions of Right to education should also be implemented in true spirit. The officials must be sensitized to ensure maintenance of proper records and their production by employers whenever inspection is carried out. These sensitization programmes be completed before start of the season. v) Dy. Labour Commissioner, Varanasi and Mirzapur, UP to submit the details of action taken against the brick kiln owners after invoking the provision of minimum wages Act, Inter State Migrant Act, SC/ST Act and Child Labour Act where ever applicable. vi) Senior Superintendent of Police, Varanasi and Mirzapur, UP to submit the details of FIR and present status registered against the brick kiln owners. vii) District Magistrate, Mirzapur, U.P. to initiate action under the provisions of Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act with regard to 20 labourers who were found working at JBS Stone Crusher, Devri Kala Tehsil, Medihan, District Mirzapur and issue their release certificates forthwith. viii) District Magistrate, Mirzapur, U.P. to get an enquiry conducted at all the stone crushers located in the District in accordance with the provisions of the Bonded Labour System Abolition Act. ix) Issue Notice to the Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India and also Secretary, Ministry of Labour to get an enquiry conducted at all the stone crushers located in the District in accordance with the laws as applicable and submit report to the Commission. The enquiry inter alia should also cover on the basic amenities and facilities provided by the employers to the labourers as mandated under the law. x) A Notice be issued to the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police, Mirzapur to launch a drive in order to identify the vehicles involved in the stone crushers activities and other such activities found without number plates and submit an action taken report. xi) District Magistrates of Jaunpur, Chandauli, UP, Sidhi,Madhya Pradesh, Palamu & Daltonganj, Jharkhand and Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh to submit a report on the steps taken for rehabilitation of the released bonded labourers. xii) Chief Medical and Health Officer, Mirzapur, U.P. to visit M/s JBS Stone stone crusher, Devri Kalan Tehsil, Medihan, Mirzapur and other stone crushers in Medihan in order to examine and assess the health condition of labourers found working there and submit compliance report. xiii) DM, Varanasi to submit status of rehabilitation of bonded labourers rescued and released since 2012 and to submit proof of payment. xiv) Let a copy of these proceeding along with reports be also transmitted to the Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and Director, Central Bureau of Investigation, New Delhi being nodal Ministry and nodal agency for the cases relating to trafficking in human beings for information and further necessary action. DM, Varanasi and Mirzapur, UP to submit status report regarding action taken against owners who are running kilns without valid licence. Compliance report be submitted within eight weeks.
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