Saturday, July 21, 2018

Gender and Torture Rehabilitation: Towards a Common Approach

Studies reveal that a significant number of torture survivors are female, yet, for many reasons, torture is often underreported among female survivors. Women are less likely to seek support or redress, often due to complex legal, societal or cultural reasons. As a response, IRCT centres from around the world have adopted gender-based principles, sharing their experiences on how they are pioneering unique ways of addressing these barriers 

Data from IRCT member centres has shown that female survivors of torture suffer from a wide array of gender and sexual-based torture including sexual humiliation and molestation, forced nakedness, rape, forced sterilisation or castration, and, forced prostitution or sexual slavery. 
The impact of torture extends beyond the immediate physical and psychological pain. It has the ability to profoundly corrode the personal identity of victims and affects their ability to sustain familial and social relationships, pursue employment and maintain daily routines. Many IRCT member centres report that female victims can often feel intense humiliation, shame, guilt and isolation. 

Given the multi-faceted consequences of torture and the unique complexity of each victim, individually-tailored and holistic rehabilitation is essential if survivors are to heal their wounds. This requires a complex range of immediate and comprehensive services that range from medical support and psychological counselling to family and community interventions, as well as legal and economic assistance. 

However, women often face practical barriers to accessing the appropriate support to begin the healing process. Many women have difficulty speaking about extremely traumatic experiences or refrain from seeking help because of societal, cultural or familial factors. “Female victims often feel more stigmatized and therefore do not receive treatment,” said Shirin Shabana Khan, from IRCT member centre PVCHR based in Varanasi, India.

In response to these specific challenges, five IRCT member centres from Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the MENA region came together to share their experiences and adopt a set of principles on gender-sensitive rehabilitation. These principles include ensuring that women have access to services, that staff are trained in gender-sensitive approaches, that rehabilitation is tailored to the individual needs of the victim, that steps are taken to provide social support to mitigate stigma, and that advocacy work includes gender-sensitive components.

Some IRCT centres have noted that adopting gender-based policies have helped shed light on previously unknown areas and have as such had a transformative effect on how services are provided to clients. “After the implementation of gender policies, we changed our approach and suddenly noticed that more than 90% of the secondary patients are female,” said Shirin Shabana Khan. 

 “These principles will solidify the excellent work being done by centres from around the world and ensure that we all benefit from each other’s expertise”, said Lisa Haagensen, GATE Project Manager at the IRCT. “They will guide us in providing better services to support life after torture, which is ultimately, what we all aspire to achieve”. 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

PVCHR Released of thirteenth bonded and bonded child labour

On 3rd July, 2018 PVCHR team (Shiv Pratap Chaubey, Chhaya Kumari and Farhat Saba khanam) along with the SDM, Rajatalab, Labour enforcement officer rescued 13 bonded labour including 4 child labour and 19 pony from the brick kiln of Surya marka Nidaura, Kashipur under jurisdiction of Rohaniya police station in Varanasi district. On 27th June, 2018 Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi, Member of District Vigilance Committee under Bonded Labour abolition Act wrote letter to District Magistrate on the behalf of affidavit of bonded labour.
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Work of PVCHR published in book of Routledge publication

PVCHR is  happy to share that the article  Touching the untouchable: Dalit empowerment through consciousness- raising in an Indian village published by  Routledge publication( in its book of  Consciousness - Raising  Critical Pedagogy and practice for social change. The article is jointly written by  Archana Kaushik, Lenin Raghuvanshi  and Mohanlal Panda.

Links for details:

  In the first feature chapter, Archana Kaushik, Lenin Raghuvanshi and Mohanlal Panda explore the practice of untouchability through the experience of one Indian village. Though constitutionally outlawed, the practice is deeply ingrained in Indian culture. It has its roots in the caste system, a traditional form of apartheid. “Dalits,” who are at the lowest rung of caste hierarchy, typically experience discrimination and social exclusion in a myriad of ways. The Dalits in the village lived in thatched houses at the periphery of the village, and their children were denied immunization, supplementary nutrition and schooling because upper-caste health care and education workers dread the prospect of sullying their spiritual purity through physical contact with the Dalits. The chapter recounts the experience of the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), a nongovernmental organization (NGO), in breaking down the barriers that hindered the Dalits from enjoying their most basic rights through the mobilization and empowerment of the Dalits to voice their concerns and fight for justice.

Preview about book:

#PVCHR #u4humanrights #Dalit #India #Varanasi #Belwa

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Neo-Dalit consultation for elimination of corporate fascism based on caste system, patriarchy, communal fascism and neoliberal economy at Kabirchaura Math, Varanasi, India

Neo-Dalit consultation for elimination of corporate fascism based on caste system, patriarchy, communal fascism and neoliberal economy at Kabirchaura Math, Varanasi, India

Sir and Madam,

Greetings from City of pluralism, diversity and inclusiveness: Varanasi in India.

Varanasi, one of the oldest and continuously inhabited cities in the world is known also as Banaras or Kashi and incorporates the different schools of thoughts, religions which makes it the centre of attraction among people across the globe.

India is a land of diversity with great and long History populated by many different peoples, from many different origins, and who have many different religious, political and philosophical views. Many abuses are committed against peoples due to their caste or their religion and nature is more and more systematically ransack for privates interests.

The mains problems facing the country came from two things: the implementation of a "culture of impunity based on mind of caste with silence " - which is a sharing believe that few can act without be accountable for their actions – at the social, economic and political level, and the meet of this cognitive problem with a context of market democracy and economic globalisation.

After that, we will take time to propose a way to change this situation by calling for the creation of a "neo-Dalit" movement – combining shudras and anti-shudras from all regions. We will also try to explain why this popular movement seems to be the best way to remove this "culture of impunity" and how opinion leaders from all communities have a great role to play on this major gathering.

We believe that many problems that India faces today are linked together and therefore cannot be separated, both in understanding and resolution. For that reason, we believe that the most effective way to resolve them is to address the problem in a comprehensive approach that takes into account the political, economic and sociological and seeks solutions which take care of those different "linked problems", based on a popular movement.

This shall help to put an end to corporate fascism arising out of casteism, sectarian thinking, neoliberal economic policy and communal fascism.

Therefore in this context, Neo Dalit Consultation has been called upon on occasion of Quit India Movement, August 09, 2018 at the Moolgadi Kabirchaura Math,Kabirchaura, Varanasi,India at 11 am.  It is one step after Banaras Convention further for better India for better world.

You are cordially invited as a distinguished guest for the programme as an ambassador of sustainable peace with justice in world.

Yours truly

Front Page Publication (London, UK), PVCHR, Asha, Media Vigil Trust, United against hate, Satvika, Gaon ke log, United Citizen Forum, Sangram, Jeevan Jyoti Society and Ashok mission educational society
              Neo Dalit Consultation coordination committee


This initiative is not being financially supported by any corporate.  So, interested key speakers and people looking forward for their active participation are requested to borne their expense of travel and accommodation. 

We are inviting you to be the part of this initiative through being sponsors and donors. The bank details are as follows:

Name of bank
UCO bank
Address of Bank
Pandeypur, Varanasi, U.P India
Bank account number
Foreign contribution
National Contribution
Bank account name/beneficiary
Jan Mitra Nyas
UCBAINBB106 (mention please transfer to account no. 1170, UCO Bank Pandeypur, Varanasi)
Address of Bank
Pandeypur, Varanasi, U.P India

प्रिय सम्मानित साथी,

        वाराणसी, जो बनारस या काशी के नाम से भी मशहूर है यह दुनिया के सबसे पुराने शहरों में से एक है | जो 11 वीं शताब्दी ईसा पूर्व से काशी एक आध्यात्मिक सांस्कृतिक नगरी के रूप में भी जानी जाती है | विभिन्न धर्मावलम्बियों के विचारों का केंद्र होने, अपनी साँझा संस्कृति गंगा जमुनी तहजीब और बहुलतावादी संस्कृति के साथ ही साथ यह अपने पवित्र गंगा घाट के कारण दुनिया में लोगों के बीच आकर्षण का केंद्र बना है |

        जहाँ एक तरफ पुरातन समय से हर धर्म और जाति में समुदायों के बीच में आपस में एक दूरी बनाई गयी है जिसकी वजह से इनमे कभी समन्वय स्थापित नहीं हो पाता है | इसलिए काशी से "नव-दलित" आंदोलन का आगाज़ करने हेतु एक बेहतरीन मंच बन सकता है जिसके माध्यम से हम आपसी एकता और एकजुटता को बढ़ावा दे सकते है |

        9 अगस्त 1942 को भारत छोड़ो आंदोलन की शुरुआत की गयी थी इसी ऐतिहासिक दिन के उपलक्ष्य में वाराणसी के मूलगादी कबीरचौरा मठ में 9 अगस्त 2018 को नव दलित सम्मेलन का आयोजन किया जा रहा है जो एक बेहतर भारत और बेहतर दुनिया के लिए बनारस सम्मेलन के बाद यह एक कदम आगे बढ़ने जा रहा है।

सभी 'टूटे हुए लोगों' औरप्रगतिशील लोगोंकी एकता दण्डहीनता की संस्कृति वंचितिकरण के खिलाफ लड़ने का सबसे अच्छा तरीका है, क्योंकि कि यह परिवर्तन उन लोगों से ही नहीं आएगाजो इस प्रणाली से लाभ उठाते हैं | इसलिएसंरचनात्मक परिवर्तन केवल सामाजिक पिरामिड के नीचे से ही आना चाहिए | इस आंदोलन को 'नवदलितकहने का तात्पर्य यह है कि भारत में दलित समुदाय ही है, जो सबसे ज्यादा पीड़ित है और दलित आन्दोलन दुनिया का सबसे उत्कृष्ट अहिंसात्मक परिणामदायी आन्दोलन रहा है |
नवदलित आंदोलनको करने का उद्देश्य राजनीतिकआर्थिक और सामाजिक स्थितियों में न्याय समता के परिप्रेक्ष्य में बदलाव लाना प्रमुख है | सबसे पहलेहम कानूनी प्रक्रिया द्वारा राजनीतिक दमन और दण्डहीनता के खिलाफ लड़ सकते हैं | कई मानवाधिकार संगठन पहले से ही 'कानून के गलत नियमों का सम्मान करने वाले ब्राह्मणवादी सोच (पुरोहितवादी सोच) को चुनौती देते हुए सरकार से न्याय पर आधारित कानून के राज को स्थापित करने के लिए संघर्ष कर रहे हैं | वही दूसरी ओर हमें संज्ञानात्मक कमजोरी को बदलकर सामाजिक दण्ड को हराना होगाक्योकि जातिवादी संग्यनात्मकता ने लोगों को अपनी हीन भावना का शिकार बनाया है औरचुप्पी की संस्कृतिको बढ़ावा दिया है | आज हमें नव दलितों के लिए एक आम मंच बनाने की जरूरत है जिससे यह चुप्पी की संस्कृति की दीवार तोड़ी जा सकेजो यथास्थिति के प्रति स्वीकार्यता की राह प्रशस्त करता है | ऐसे में हमें इस आन्दोलन को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए संवाद की प्रक्रिया शुरू करनी चाहिए जो उन्हें सिखाएगी कि संवैधानिक रूप से हम सभी समान हैं |
नवदलित आंदोलन वंशजातिधर्म और लिंग पर आधारित भेदभाव का सामना करने वाले सबसे हाशिए पर पड़े लोगों के लिए उम्मीदसम्मान और मानवीय गरिमा का प्रतीक है | दण्डहीनता चुप्पी की संस्कृति के खिलाफ न्याय, क्षमा याचना न्याय पर आधारित नेल्सन मंडेला के संघर्ष का माडल है |  जाति व्यवस्थासामंतवादसांप्रदायिक फासीवाद और नवउदारवाद के खिलाफ विभिन्न समुदायों में एकता लाने के लिए एक पहल है | यह भविष्य में दुनिया में बहुलवादी लोकतंत्र सभी को तरक्की में योगदान करने की उम्मीद पैदा करता है।
        आपको न्याय के साथ सतत शांति के राजदूत बनने के लिए एक विशिष्ट अतिथि के रूप में आमंत्रित करता हूं | ताकि सांप्रदायिक सोच और सांप्रदायिक फासीवाद के खिलाफ हमारे संघर्ष में हम आपके समृद्ध अनुभव से लाभान्वित हो सकें |
हम आपको विशेष अतिथि के रूप में भी आमंत्रित कर रहे हैं | कृपया पर अपनी भागीदारी की पुष्टि कर सकते है |

स्थान  : मूलगादी कबीर चौरा मठ, पिपलानी कटरा के पास, कबीर चौरा, वाराणसी |
दिनांक : 9 अगस्त, 2018
समय  : 11 बजे सुबह

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