Varanasi, August 08: Well-known human rights defender and social activist Lenin Raghuvanshihas been selected for the prestigious M.A. Thomas National Human Rights Award 2016 of the Vigil India Movement, Bangalore.
A three-member Jury consisting Justice Santosh Hegde, (former Judge, Supreme Court of India), Akbar Mirza Khaleeli, (former Ambassador of India to Iran and other countries and Board of Trustee of VIM) and Dr. Cherian Thomas, (Director of Ecumenical Christian Centre and Secretary & Trustee of VIM) unanimously selected Raghuvanshi for the award from among the nominations received from various parts of the Country.
The Vigil India Movement instituted the M. A. Thomas National Human Rights Award in 1994 in memory of its Founder President Late Dr. M.A. Thomas. The award carries One Lakh Rupees and a citation. In the past, Swami Agnivesh, PUCL, Medha Patekar, Harsh Mandar, Vithal Mahadeo Tarkunde and Justice V R Krishna Iyer were also honoured with this award. Raghuvanshi will receive the award in September 2016 in Bangalore.
Lenin Raghuvanshi, who has been working among the most downtrodden and marginalized community in Varanasi for about two decades, is the founder of Peoples Vigilance Committee on Human Rights. He has won several awards.
He is also recipient of 2007 Gwangju Human Rights Award from May 18 Foundation of South Korea and ACHA Star Peace award from Association for Communal Harmony in Asia USA.