Friday, November 17, 2017

A step to ensure dignity of women prisoners

Case Details of File Number: 30500/24/72/2016
Diary Number
Name of the Complainant

Name of the Victim

Place of Incident

Date of Incident
Not Mentioned
Direction issued by the Commission
The complainant has stated that on 12.08.2016 a matter was published in the news paper Jansandesh Times regarding transporting of male criminals and women prisoners in the same van with the police officials in violation of the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. The women prisoners are forced to sit in the same van with male prisoners and along with police officials. The women prisoners are subjected to ill treatment while in the van from the male prisoners and by the police officials. The women Constables are also not seen with the female prisoners. Hence, it is prayed that the guilty police officials may be taken to task and proper safety may be provided to the female prisoners. Hence, the complainant has sought the intervention of the Commission. The Commission took cognizance of the matter on 26.08.2016 and directed to transmit a copy of the complaint to the concerned authority calling for a report within four weeks. Pursuant to the directions of the Commission, the SP, Crime, Varanasi, vide his communication dated 23.06.2017 has filed the report of CO, Lines, Varanasi dated 16.06.2017. The Addl. DIG (Administration) , Jail Administration, Varanasi, UP, has also filed his report dated 17.07.2017 enclosing copy of the report of the SP, Crime, Varanasi, dated 23.06.2017 and report of the CO, Lines, Varanasi, dated 16.06.2017. The report reveals that on 11.08.2016, the Sessions Lock-up was having 108 accused persons including two female and 106 male prisoners. The lower lock up was having 114 male prisoners for appearance in the Court. The Varanasi police lines is having only seven female police officials and 88 male police officials. There are only 03 vehicles meant for taking the male and female prisoners for production in the Court from the District Jail, Varanasi. On 11.08.2016 two women prisoners had been production in the Sessions Courts by four women Constables. The prisoners were taken from the District Prison to Court through a vehicle available with them. Seeing the gravity of the situation, the Reserve Inspector, Varanasi and the In-charge, Transport Wing has been suitably directed in this regard. The Commission has considered the report. In view of the report, the SP, Crimes, Varanasi and Addl. DIG, Jail Administration), Lucknow, are directed to file the report whether the permanent facilities for separate vehicle has been made available for the female prisoners for production of the female prisoners in the Court from the District Prison. The response be filed within six weeks. The comments of the complainant be also called for within six weeks. Registry to send a copy of the report of SP, Crime, Varanasi, dated 23.06.2017 and report of CO, Lines, Varanasi, dated 16.06.2017 for his information and offering comments.
Action Taken
Additional Information Called for (Dated 11/10/2017 )
Status on 11/17/2017
Response from concerned authority is awaited.

Link for the complain:

Monday, November 06, 2017

PVCHR submission to UN SR on water and sanitation - India visit

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Shirin Shabana Khan <>
Date: Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 12:17 PM
Subject: PVCHR submission about access to water and sanitation to marginalized communities
Cc: "Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi" <>, Shruti - <>

To,                                                                                  6 November, 2017
Mr. Leo Heller
UN SR on Water and Sanitation

Dear Sir,

Greetings from Peoples ‘Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR)

PVCHR welcome your visit to India.  We are sharing grass – root experience about access to water and sanitation to marginalized communities:

  • There is no proper facility of the drinking water in ratio to the population to the marginalized communities (Musahar ghetto, Muslim ghetto, urban Slums and other backward communities) in one ghetto. For ex: In Ramaipur mushar basti of Pindra block of Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh, India 26 family depends on one hand pump to meet their needs. This hand pump gives contaminated water and people are compelled to drink that water because there is no other source of drinking water to them. After several complain no other action taken by the concerned authorities. This is not only condition of one village but other villagers are also facing the same problem. It is also noted that Dalit are facing discrimination for access to water and sanitation facilities.
  • There is no any special plan for providing safe drinking water to the people living in rocky area. For example people of Raup Ghasiya basti in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh, India had to travel around 1 km every day to get water. They had to cross the national highway. Many girls faced intimidation, sexual assault and were stalked for the sexual advancement.  Due to scarcity of water the people of Ghasia Basti did not properly clean themselves. Due to which children faced corporal punishment and caste based discrimination in the school.  The Lodhi school’s principal told “These Ghasiya children come to school late, come when they want to come, no matter how much we tell them to come on time. Their main aim is to come and eat, not to study. Just see how dirty they are. They don’t bathe, they don’t wear school uniform, and they smell. When we ask them why they are so dirty, they say there is no water. The problems of these children will never get solved. Their parents are uneducated. We can’t mix these children with normal children because they are spoiling them too. These children are not able to mix with others.”

Eight-year-old Pankaj said, The teacher tells us to sit on the other side. If we sit   with others, she scolds us and asks us to sit separately. The children from the other community don’t play with us or talk to us. The teacher doesn’t sit with us because she says we are dirty. The other children also call us dirty every day, so sometimes we get angry and hit them. We also sit separately when eating. When we ask for food, the cook says ‘There’s no more for you.’ But when the children from the other community ask, the cook says ‘Come and eat.’ If our plates touch the serving bowl by mistake, the cook gets angry and abuses us. So we keep our plates at a distance when food is served.

  • There is no proper drainage system in the ghetto of the marginalized communities due to which there is water logging problem during rainy reason which generated lots of communicable diseases.

  • This year there was grave flood in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh, India, which effect life of poor’s and marginalized Situation in Baghawanala Slum, where water from the Varuna river has entered a large part of the slum, continued to be precarious, with people marooned in flooded localities waiting for more relief material like food, medicine and water. School building of Baghawanala children is also effected by flood.  The people were facing the serious health problem. 

  • There is lack of public toilets and urinal for the female in the rural and urban area. Availability of Sanitary pads to girls and women from marginalized communities.

  • Lacking of sanitary facilities to marginalized communities such as dalit, tribal and minorities is one of main reasons behind malnutrition death.

Looking forward right to water and sanitary facilities as realization for marginalized at grass roots level in India particulars and world in general.

With regards,

Lenin Raghuvanshi,Founder and CEO,PVCHR

 Shruti Nagvanshi, Founder and Convenor, Savitri Bai Phule women forum

Shirin Shabana Khan, Program Director, PVCHR

Monday, October 30, 2017

One hundred thousand rupees compensation to Dalit boy,who is survivor of police beating

PVCHR intervened a case of police torture of dalit Boy Mr. Shaial Nut Son of Mr. Sanjay Nut Resident of Newada village police station Lanka,Varanasi in India. It is a pathetic and barbaric torture of a child in police station.After complain,NHRC filed case in 2013 and issued notice to state Government. Then NHRC gave  order for compensation of one hundred thousand and disciplinary action against responsible police officials. But no compliance, then now again PVCHR did fact finding,analysis and intervene with support of The United nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.Then NHRC gave recent follows order:

Case Details of File Number: 20381/24/72/2013
Despite sufficient time and opportunity having been given, the requisite reports in the aforesaid cases have not been received. In these circumstances, let summons be issued for the personal appearance of the concerned State Authorities before the Commission on 31.10.2017 at 1:00 P.M. along with the requisite reports and also an explanation for delay in submission of the reports. It is to be reminded that in the absence of the explanation as called for as above, the Commission may recommend appropriate action against them to the State Government. In case the reports are received on or before 24.10.2017, the personal appearance of the said authorities shall stand dispensed with. Copies of the last proceedings be also transmitted to the concerned authorities.

On 23 October 2017, Government of UP issued order for immediate action agaisnt police officials and payment of compensation. Government also gave order for recovery of amount of compensation from responsible police officials.

Order as follows in Hindi:

Practice of torture must be eliminated to restore the #dignity of humanity. No society and government can claim to be civilized, democratic and peaceful, if practice of torture allowed. Conflict inside any nation-state is responsible for creating conflict with neighbouring countries. So we need to work on grassroots level for elimination of locust effect of torture and hegemonic masculinity based organized violence .In this context, India should be join process for torture and organized violence free world.

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one hundred thousand rupees compensation to Dalit boy,who is survivor of police beating by Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human rights on Scribd

Sunday, October 15, 2017

यातना पीड़ित के समर्थन में लोक विद्यालय

3 अक्टूबर 2017, वाराणसी, मानवाधिकार जननिगरानी समिति/जनमित्र न्यास, संग्राम, जीवन ज्योति संस्थान, गाँव के लोग (पत्रिका)/मिडिया विजिल, मुंशी प्रेमचंद युवा पंचायत और सावित्री बाई फूले महिला पंचायत के संयुक्त तत्वाधान में यातना पीड़ित के समर्थन में लोक विद्यालय का आयोजन पराड़कर स्मृति भवनमैदागिनवाराणसी में यूनाइटेड नेशन फण्ड फॉर टार्चर विक्टिम्स के सहयोग से आयोजित किया गया |

कार्यक्रम की शुरुआत विषय प्रवर्तन रखते हुए मानवाधिकार जननिगरानी समिति के निदेशक डा0 लेनिन रघुवंशी ने बताया कि आज के इस कार्यक्रम का मुख्य उद्देश्य चुप्पी की संस्कृति को तोड़ते हुए बोलने की कला सिखाने के लिए लोक विद्यालय का आयोजन किया जाता है उन्ही लोक विद्यालय/फोक स्कूल से निकलकर आज ये सभी पीड़ित यहाँ पर आकर इस मंच से अपने संघर्ष की कहानी बयान कर रहे है और मजबूती के साथ अन्याय के खिलाफ लड़ते हुए अन्य पीडितो को भी जागरूक करते हुए उन्हें न्याय दिलाने की मुहिम में शामिल है |

सुप्रसिद्ध समाजसेवी और मानवाधिकार कार्यकर्ता डा0 लेनिन रघुवंशी द्वारा लिखित पुस्तक “न्याय, स्वतंत्रता, समता : आजाद भारत में दलित” का विमोचन किया गया |  

इसके साथ ही सुप्रसिद्ध युवा समाजसेवी श्री आशीष अवस्थी और धनञ्जय त्रिपाठी को “जनमित्र सम्मान” से सम्मानित किया गया |
कार्यक्रम के मुख्य अतिथि सुप्रसिद्ध लेखक, कवि व सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता श्री अभिषेक श्रीवास्तव ने कहा कि आज भारत को अत्याचार मुक्त बनाने में संस्था द्वारा चलाये जा रहे लोक विद्यालय का महत्वपूर्ण योगदान है क्योकि लोक विद्यालय में सभी यातना पीड़ित एक जगह एकत्रित होकर जब अपनी स्व व्यथा कथा को एक दूसरे के साथ साँझा करते है तो उनके अन्दर की पीड़ा और डर दोनों निकल जाता है |
संस्था की प्रोग्राम डायरेक्टर शिरिन शबाना खान ने यूनाइटेड नेशन फण्ड फॉर टार्चर विक्टिम्स द्वारा संस्था के साथ मिलकर यातना पीडितो को जो मानसिक सम्बल प्रदान करने का कार्य किया है वह सराहनीय है और पीडितो को न्याय दिलाने की प्रक्रिया को और मजबूती प्रदान करता है |  
अध्यक्षीय वक्तव्य देते हुए यश भारती सम्मान प्राप्त और संस्था के संस्थापक सदस्य प0 विकास महाराज ने कहा कि यातना पीड़ित जो आज यहाँ पर दूर दूर व अलग अलग राज्यों और शहरो से आये है एक दुसरे से मिलकर उन्हें एक हिम्मत मिलेगी कि  उनके साथ और भी लोग उनके इस दर्द में सहयोगी है और उन्हें संघर्ष और अन्याय के खिलाफ लड़ाई जारी रखने में हिम्मत मिलती है | इसके साथ ही न्याय पाने की मुहिम को जारी रखने और अन्य पीडितो के अन्दर अन्याय के खिलाफ संघर्ष करने और न्याय का राज स्थापित करने के लिए एक नई आस की अलख जगाने का भी कार्य करते है |

बड़कागाँव – हजारीबाग़, झारखण्ड, अम्बेडकरनगर, सोनभद्र और वाराणसी जिले से आये पीडितो ने अपनी स्व व्यथा कथा रखी और कहा कि हम अन्याय के खिलाफ हमेशा संघर्ष करते रहेगे और संविधान को जमीनी स्तर पर लागू होने और न्याय मिलने तक यह संघर्ष जारी रहेगा |
कार्यक्रम का संचालन श्रुति नागवंशी और अनूप श्रीवास्तव ने किया | धन्यवाद ज्ञापन डा0 राजीव सिंह ने दिया |
कार्यक्रम का समापन सोनभद्र के रौप गाँव के घसिया जनजाति के कलाकारों द्वारा करमा नृत्य की प्रस्तुति से किया गया | ये सोनभद्र के वही जनजाति समुदाय के लोग है जिनके यहाँ भूख और कुपोषण से 18 बच्चो की मौत हो गयी थी और इन्हें जमीन से बेदखल करने के लिए पुलिस ने इनकी पिटाई की थी और इनकी महिलाओ के साथ अभद्रता की थी | जिसके खिलाफ ये लोग आज भी संघर्ष कर रहे है और मजबूती के साथ अन्याय के खिलाफ लड़ते हुए अपने गरिमामय तरीके से जीवन यापन कर रहे है | साथ ही इनकी पहचान भारत में करमा नृत्य कलाकार के रूप में इतनी प्रसिद्ध है कि ये लोग भारत के पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री और राष्ट्रपति के साथ भोज के लिए भी आमंत्रित किये गए थे |  

इस कार्यक्रम में झारखण्ड, अम्बेडकरनगर, सोनभद्र और वाराणसी से सैकड़ो पीड़ित एक दुसरे के समर्थन में एकत्रित हुए | जिसमे झारखण्ड से ओमकार, पवन राय, इमाम, सावित्री, शिव शंकर राय, अम्बेडकरनगर से मनोज सिंह, प्रदीप, राजेश मुसहर, सोनभद्र से पिंटू गुप्ता, मुन्नी लाल, निजाम, वाराणसी से छाया कुमारी, फरहत, शिव प्रताप चौबे, पूजा, ज्योति, अनामिका, घनश्याम, आनंद, राजेन्द्र प्रसाद, आदि लोग शामिल रहे |    

      इस क्रायक्रम की सफलता के लिए अफगानिस्तान मानवाधिकार आयोग की अध्यक्षा सीमा समर, यूरोपियन यूनियन की पोलिटिकल अटैची एन. चटर्जी, डेनमार्क के दूतावास और एशिया के विभिन्न देशो से मानवाधिकार संगठनो ने अपना शुभ सन्देश भेजा है |