NHRC indicts Chhattisgarh police for sexual violence against Adivasi women in Bastar

NHRC indicts Chhattisgarh police for sexual violence against Adivasi women in Bastar

7 January 2017 Interim order validates WSS complaints WSS welcomes the decisive intervention of the National Human Rights Commission in cases of sexual violence against Adivasi women by police and security forces engaged in anti-­Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh. Validating our assertion that sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war in Bastar, the Commission has held…

Increased Attacks on Media in Modified India

Increased Attacks on Media in Modified India

Although the constitution guarantees freedom of speech and expression, legal protections are not always sufficiently upheld by the courts or respected by government officials. A number of laws that remain on books can be used to restrict media freedom. The sedition law, formally Section 124A of the 1860 penal code, outlaws expression that can cause…

“The State is Lawless”

“The State is Lawless”

Soni Sori, a human rights defender and an adivasi school teacher from Chhattisgarh, was in Mumbai recently to talk at an event organized to commemorate Justice (retd.) Suresh Hosbet's 25 years of contribution to human rights struggles in India post his retirement. This event was organised by Majlis, in collaboration with Human Rights Law Network (HRLN),…

A Nation Filled with Anti-Nationals!

A Nation Filled with Anti-Nationals!

I thought the Muslims were the only anti-nationals in this country. But I was mistaken. Earlier, thousands of people including even women and children who were questioning the Koodankulam nuclear plant were declared as anti-nationals. They are not the only ones outside the community of Muslims, though. Over 11,000 NGOs in India are restricted from the…

Caught in an Irresponsible War

Caught in an Irresponsible War

A Fact-Finding Report from Chhattisgarh Chhattisgarh's local communities continue to be the worst affected by the tussle between Maoist forces and the state machinery attempting to quell it. In this situation a group comprising of Sanjay Parate, Secretary State CPI-M, Vineet Tiwari, Joshi-Adhikari Institute of Social Studies and CPI, New Delhi, Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University…

In the Shadow of Fear: Communal Tension, Military Repression, Sexual Assaults in Bastar

In the Shadow of Fear: Communal Tension, Military Repression, Sexual Assaults in Bastar

All India People’s Forum Fact-Finding Team's Visit to Bastar  Courtesy AIPF Raipur, 12 June 2016: An 8-member fact-finding team of All India People’s Forum visited four districts of Bastar, Chhattisgarh between 8-11 June 2016. The fact-finding team found several incidents of communal violence against Christians as well as fake encounters, rapes, fake cases and arbitrary…

Statement Condemning Attack on Academics

Statement Condemning Attack on Academics

We strongly condemn the Chhattisgarh government and its police force for using intimidation and threats of a criminal case against academics and political activists investigating human rights abuses in the southern parts of the state, especially Bastar and Dantewada.  A fact finding team consisting of Prof. Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Prof. Nandini Sundar,…

State of Siege: Report on Encounters and Cases of Sexual Violence in Bijapur and Sukma districts, Chhattisgarh

State of Siege: Report on Encounters and Cases of Sexual Violence in Bijapur and Sukma districts, Chhattisgarh

On 14 January 2016, a combined team from Coordination of Democratic Rights Organizations (CDRO) and Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) conducted a fresh fact-finding investigation in the Sukma and Bijapur districts of Chhattisgarh.  Initially the objectives of the fact-finding mission were to investigate cases of encounter killings, supposed “surrenders” by Maoists and…