Bastar-based Santosh Yadav had been jailed in September 2015 by the Chhattisgarh police who accused him of having links with Naxals and of involvement in operations against the security forces.
The petition may or may not change the state of human rights in Chhattisgarh but it will certainly crank open the gates for more women to seek relief for crimes committed against them.
Providing a UBI in place of existing schemes will not change the fundamentally unequal income distribution in the country. The way to resolve the crisis is a redistribution from the rich to the poor.
The Gadchiroli couple who had alleged that two women from Chattisgarh had been detained and assaulted by Maharashtra’s C-60 commandos has now been arrested.
“The aim of acts of intimidation and hostility appears to be to clear the area of any dissenting voices [in Bastar] so that the police and security forces have a free hand.”
Bhatia was asked to vacate her house for allegedly being a Maoist sympathiser prompting civil society activists to voice their support for her.
The attack comes days after the researcher accompanied an NHRC team to record the statements of rape and sexual assault survivors who have filed FIRs against police personnel.
The commission held the government “vicariously responsible” for 16 counts of sexual assault, ranging from rape to physical violence, allegedly committed by police personnel.
The NHRC said that after careful consideration of the material on record, it found that there are in “total 34 victims mentioned in police complaints.”
The prices of several vegetables have slumped in both wholesale and open markets all over the state.
Here’s our top 10 list of those who were unfairly targeted this year.
Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group’s Shalini Gera has been charged with being a Maoist cash conduit despite the police having little evidence to back the claim.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a mechanically-run government programme without a strong economic and environmental foundation and accompanying consciousness about what toilet cleanliness means.
Chhattisgarh Security Forces Mask Unconstitutional Vigilantism Under Garb of ‘Perception Management’
Public protests in urban centres in Chhattisgarh cannot be expected to wean people away from Maoism. What, then, is their real motive?
The media is meant to report the truth, but the structure and vested interests of the Indian press have stopped that from happening.
A year after several Adivasi women accused men from the police and security forces of sexual assault, the investigation has stalled due to governmental inaction.
The commission has said that DU professor Nandini Sundar and others have been booked for murder in a mala fide manner to settle scores.
On the back foot, the Chhattisgarh government told the apex court it did not intend to pursue the case – which critics have described as fabricated – as of now.
Over 200 sociologists released a statement condemning the recent FIR filed by the Chhattisgarh police against Nandini Sundar, Archana Prasad, Vineet Tiwari and Sanjay Parate on charges of murder and criminal conspiracy.
Earlier this year, Sundar, Prasad, Tiwari and Parate were part of a fact-finding team that looked at the impact of Maoist violence and state excesses on ordinary villagers in Bastar.
Attacks by state-sponsored vigilante groups have increased in the last week after the CBI reported to the Supreme Court about police excesses in Chhattisgarh.
‘Big breaking news’, a WhatsApp message advertising the police protest said. “In Kondagaon at 3:30 PM, the police will burn the effigies of Nandini Sundar, Bela Bhatia, Manish Kunjam, Himanshu Kumar.”
While the Centre has praised Chhattisgarh for its implementation of MGNREGS, Khushwaha has exposed how the state government glosses over evident failures.
Nandini Sundar’s meticulously researched The Burning Forest is a searing indictment of how the government and the Maoists fail to deliver constitutional rights.
Twenty-five years after his assassination, the need to fight for Niyogi’s goals and learn from his dedication is stronger than ever.
The BJP government in Chhattisgarh, led by chief minister Raman Singh, allegedly purchased an AgustaWestland helicopter at an escalated price.
Ending mass sterilisation camps may not be enough to restore the dignity and right to choose of vulnerable women unless the biases behind such policies are challenged.
Australia, Canada and the UK issue fresh travel advisories for citizens to avoid Kashmir, Indo-Pak border areas and five northeastern states.
Testimonies provided by Christians to a fact-finding team show a surge of communal attacks – threats, violence and persecution – against the community.
In An Atlas of Rural Health, the Jan Swastha Sahyog has used personal experiences and case studies to explain why disease in rural Chhattisgarh only embodies conditions of deprivation and inequality.
New Delhi: On a warm sultry Thursday evening, Kapashera, a locality buried deep in the heart of Gurgaon, suddenly began to throb with music. The area has a large cluster of working class residents, most of whom work as labourers in the garment industry. Many are from the nearby Maruti factory. […]
Since January this year, there has been an unprecedented crackdown on journalists in Chhattisgarh’s Adivasi-dominated Bastar.
Narendra Modi seems to have developed a flair for presenting evolutionary policy steps built on his predecessors’ work as revolutionary and original contributions to national development.
Ajit Jogi’s Uncertain Future in Congress Marks a Shift Away from Pro-Adivasi Politics in Chhattisgarh
His threat to float a new party reflects the larger malaise afflicting the Congress, which appears unlikely to be able to prop up new regional leaderships –something the BJP has done with great success.
In letters to Raman Singh, the CPI and CPI (M) accuse the state police of vengeful action against researchers Nandini Sundar and Archana Prasad, who were a part of a delegation that visited Bastar to enquire into human rights violations.
Statement condemns threats of criminal case against academics and political activists investigating human rights abuses in Bastar.
As huge sums of money are spent on militarisation, question arise on why these funds were not used for the social sector
An independent inquiry may solve all possible angles of corruption in the VVIP chopper scam but will the BJP-led government at the Centre let it happen?
Adivasi activists speak about the current situation in south Chhattisgarh
A round-up of what’s happening in the worlds of gender and sexuality