Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2 Bangladeshi teenagers shot dead by BSF on Jhenaidah border

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Subject: 2 Bangladeshi teenagers shot dead by BSF on Jhenaidah border
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Dear Sir,
Greetings from PVCHR
I want to bring in your kind attention towards the news published in Dhaka Tribune on 20th June, 2017 regarding 2 Bangladeshi teenagers shot dead by BSF on Jhenaidah border  http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2017/06/20/bangladeshi-teenagers-shot-dead-bsf/
Therefore it is a kind request please direct for an appropriate action at Earliest.
Thanking You
Sincerely Yours
Lenin Raghuvanshi
Founder and CEO
Peoples'  Vigilance Committee on Human Rights

2 Bangladeshi teenagers shot dead by BSF on Jhenaidah border

2 Bangladeshi teenagers shot dead by BSF on Jhenaidah border
A BSF jawan stands on guard at the India-Bangladesh border Reuters

Both were high school students

Two Bangladeshi students were gunned down allegedly by the members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Khoshalpur border under Maheshpur upazila in Jhenidah on Tuesday morning.
The victims are Shohel Rana, 16, a student of Bakoshpota Secondary School and son of Shahidul Islam of Khoshalpur, and Harunur Rashid, 15, a student of Shamkur Secondary School and son of Kawsar Ali of Shyamkur in the upazila.
Locals said the killings took place around 9am when the duo were trying to enter India illegally.
When contacted, Deputy Commander of 58 Border Guard Bangladesh unit Jasim Uddin and Ahmedul Kabir, officer-in-charge of Maheshpur police station, said they are aware of the incident.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Meet the first Musahar community girl to clear Class X exam

Rekha has cleared her Class X exam from the UP board, results of which were announced recently. She has achieved what no member of her 2.5 lakh-strong community -- the Musahar (rat-catchers) -- in the area could do so far. 
"Im very happy," said Rekha, a resident of the Musahar Basti under Ayar gram panchayat in Harahua block of Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

Nursing a dream to study further, at least obtaining a graduation degree in arts, the girl said she wanted to become a teacher.

"Although the idea of working for my community and the locals is good, I feel more like becoming a teacher," she said.

Rekhas father, Angal, wore a confused smile, not sure as to how big his daughters’ achievement was.


"Yes, I am happy. Everybody around looks happy, so I am also happy," he said.
The girl scored a little over 63 per cent marks. "My writing is poor. I think I lost some marks because of that," said 16-year-old Rekha, still trying to absorb her overwhelming achievement.

As Rekha showed her marks to his father, who does not know how to read or write as his wife, the mans eyes filled with tears and a joyous embarrassment.

"What do I have to see in this," he asked his daughter, who told him that was her ticket to sit in Class XI.

Angal, a daily wage labourer and father to five children, was now worried about future education expenses of her eldest daughter but certain that he wanted her to study.


While local community folks were happy over her breaking the ceiling, Rekhas mother was out to collect wood.

"I had asked her that today my result will be out, stay at home. She said khana bhi to banana hai(food needs to be arranged too)," Rekha said, instructing her younger brother to go out and bring their mother back.

Shobhnath, a human rights activist working for the uplift of the community, said its a path breaking achievement.

"I know what difficulties Rekha faced to see this day. At a place where you have never seen people around you, people from your community study, it was natural that she opted out. But she sustained and has gained distinction no one in her community in the block, which has around 14 villages, has," said Shobhnath, associated with PVCHR.

The Musahar community is listed as Scheduled Caste in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura and West Bengal.

As per Census 2011, the communitys population in UP stood over 2.5 lakh, 1.23 lakh of them females.

The total literates in the community stood at 49,287, while illiterates at 2,07,848, as per the Census.

A backward and socially marginalised community, the Musahar find work as industrial labourers, while a majority still works as daily wagers and farm workers.
The women of the Musahar community in this area make disposable plates dona out of mahua leaves.

"But the business is dwindling and nearing end since the plastic and fibre cups and plates came. Also, at Rs 2 for 80 dona, its economically not viable anymore," said a local.


In 2005, PVCHR-Jan Mitra Nyas-PVCHR initiated breakfast project for education with support of Rajdulari Foundation and Parul Sharma of Sweden. Then Indo -German Society of Remschied, Germany established building for ICDS center and one room in Primary Government School. Then Rekha received two thousands rupees and a cycle for going college. Cycle supported by JMN-PVCHR with support of 200 Swedish donors and Parul Sharma. Now CRY-JMN partnership (http://www.cry.org/projects/jan-mitra-nyas) adopted this village, so Shobhnath of PVCHR is continually involved to motivate her. Ms. Parul Sharma declared scholarship to Rekha for further study.

“There is paradigm shift for empowerment of girls, emergence of girls’ power and union of different communities of Shudra and ati-shudra.” says  Shruti Nagvanshi, managing trustee of PVCHR and JMN.

Link:


#pvchr #musahar #girlspower #u4humanrights


Meet the first Musahar community girl to clear Class X exam

Thursday, June 08, 2017

A Movement for Child Rights in Uttar Pradesh by Children


Varanasi’s weaving community’s children are becoming the bastions of child rights in Uttar Pradesh as they fight against child labour and early marriage.
“It was my dream to train as a lawyer. And today I am studying to become a lawyer,” says Puja Kumari. She beams when she talks about her dreams and her achievements. But it wasn’t so long ago that Puja was out of school and working long hours to help in the family’s weaving business. Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, is famous for its traditional handloom weaves. But thanks to the vagaries of globalised economics and treaties under WTO agreements, recent times have seen them starving, at the margins of extreme poverty. The children in this community were the first to suffer–sold, married off early, malnourished and working for up to 16 hours a day–they were nowhere near getting an education.
Seeing the condition of the children, People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) stepped in. They started a series of advocacy and programmatic interventions the end result of which is a sea change in attitudes towards education, early marriage, child labour and the rights of the girl child. One of the pioneering initiatives by them is the Bal Panchayats or children’s parliaments. Puja says that before joining the Munshi Premchand Bal Panchayat in her locality she was unaware of her rights: “I did not know about issues like child marriage and child labour. Now I am fully aware of my rights under the Right to Education. There should be a school within a kilometre. But the nearest school here is located three kilometres away.”
8.4 crore children in India are currently out of school. Child labour accounts for 13% of total workforce in the country. During the recent Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the government came under scrutiny regarding child-related policies particularly those pertaining to child labour and child marriage. The PVCHR’s intervention in Uttar Pradesh is apposite as child rights in Uttar Pradesh hve abysmal records. The state has the highest number of children–2.1 million–engaged in child labour. India also has the highest number of child brides in the world. This is an issue close to the hearts of girls like Pooja who have seen their friends getting married as teenagers and are themselves at high risk of early marriage.
She started a campaign along with two of her colleagues from the Bal Panchayat for raising awareness of child rights in Uttar Pradesh. They named it ‘I will not Cook, I want to get Educated’. “Learning from the Bal Panchayat has enabled us to stand up for our rights. We prevented a minor girl from being sent to her in-law’s place, although we could not stop her marriage. We have taken out awareness rallies about child marriage and now more people are opposing it,” says Pooja. Pooja, currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Law is a shining example of what girls can achieve if they receive support from their community and family.
Manish Kumar is the president of the Munshi Premchand Bal Panchayat. He says that the inspiration behind starting a children-led initiative like this was to create a forum where the children could voice their concerns and work towards a solution. “When we were young, we would see our parents participate in the Panchayat meetings. If we tried to listen in they would shoo us away and tell us to play. This Bal Panchayat was started in 2004. We meet every month and everyone is given a chance to speak. When PVCHR first started work in this locality only one boy was educated till the tenth standard. Today a lot more young people are going to school.” says Manish.
PVCHR’s wide-ranging advocacy on the issue has seen government officials sit up and take notice of serious issues such as malnourishment and access to education. Today they also run a non-formal education centre for out of school children. They have highlighted the condition of the weavers to the Planning Commission. Slowly but surely, things are turning around for child rights in Uttar Pradesh. With a new crop of aware and enthused young activists like Pooja and Manish, the way forward is full of hope for the children of the weavers’ community in Varanasi.
The video is produced by Video Volunteers with the support of Vikalp Sangam | Article by Madhura Chakraborty


Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Meet The Activist Who Is Fighting Deep-Rooted Caste Discrimination At The Grassroots

"All my brothers and sisters were named after prominent Marxist leaders by my father. Though he was a leftist, he was deeply religious. Meanwhile, my grandfather, a Gandhian, was an atheist. An egalitarian, he had a good grasp of grassroots politics. I grew up with my grandparents in Bombay. Our home felt the turbulence of ideologies. These shaped me. Other influences on me were the ideologies of Gautam #Buddha, #Kabir, Dr BR #Ambedkar, Mahatma #Gandhi and Swami #Agnivesh. Though a left-liberal ideologist, engaged with the politics of the marginal (Dalits and minorities), I am a firm believer in non-violence." says Lenin Raghuvanshi

Please read full interview


Monday, June 05, 2017

Urgent Appeal: elease of the Ram Ji Chauhan and Suresh Chauhan who are languishing in Naini Central Jail, Allahabad from last 20 years



Dear Friends,

PVCHR wrote pardon petition to H.E Shri Ram Naik ji, Governor of Uttar Pradesh Lucknow on 31st May, 2017  regarding release of the Ram Ji Chauhan and Suresh Chauhan who are languishing in Naini Central Jail, Allahabad from last 20 years. http://pvchr.blogspot.in/2017/06/sub-regarding-release-of-ram-ji-chauhan.html

They both were awarded with death penalty in section 302, 307 and 449 IPC which was later converted in life imprisonment on the order of Honorable Supreme Court in WRIT PETITION (CRIMINAL) NO. 55 OF 2013 http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in/outtoday/wpc552013.pdf

Ram Ji Chauhan and Suresh Chauhan were the bread earner and now their families are leaving in abject poverty due to which his daughters were unable to continue their education after class 10th. Now one of the daughters is suffering from some neurological problem.  For the past 20 years I have waited and pray every moment. My family has been with me all these years and all our family members have only one hope to see my husband back in the family as he was earlier. My daughters also ask questions about their father and I console them by saying he would return soon. 73 years old his mother Mula Devi is searching her son.

Ram Ji wife Usha Chauhan is making paper toy and his brother is selling balloon to meet the two end of family.  The family is living in the rented shed at 57/126 B Nawapura, Maidagin, police station Kotwali district Varanasi.

The conducts of Ram Ji Chauhan and Suresh Chauhan are disciplined and humanistic in Naini Prison at Allahabad. 

Therefore we request you to write letter His Excellency Government on his email hgovup@gov.in and also to Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh  cmup@nic.in taking the reference of Hon’ble High Court judgment in CRIMINAL WRIT-PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION No. - 2357 of 1997  Bachche lal v/s State of UP (http://elegalix.allahabadhighcourt.in/elegalix/WebShowJudgment.do) to kindly provide pardon from the life imprisonment award and release both of them.  It is noted that honorable Supreme Court gave recent judgment in this context, which is published in Newspaper.


For more information please visit given below URL:




Thanking You

Sincerely Yours

PVCHR urgent appeal desk

Sub: regarding release of the Ram Ji Chauhan and Suresh Chauhan languishing 20 years imprisonment in Naini Central Jail, Allahabad

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To,
H.E. Shri Ram Naik ji,
Governor of Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow

Sub: regarding release of the Ram Ji Chauhan and Suresh Chauhan languishing 20 years imprisonment in Naini Central Jail, Allahabad

His Excellency,

I want to bring in your kind attention towards the Ram Ji Chauhan and Suresh Chauhan languishing in Naini central prison from last 20 years.  They both were awarded with death penalty in section 302, 307 and 449 IPC which was later converted in life imprisonment on the order of Honorable Supreme Court in WRIT PETITION (CRIMINAL) NO. 55 OF 2013

Ram Ji Chauhan and Suresh Chauhan were the bread earner and now their families are leaving in abject poverty due to which his daughters were unable to continue their education after class 10th. Now one of the daughters is suffering from some neurological problem.  For the past 20 years I have waited and pray every moment. My family has been with me all these years and all our family members have only one hope to see my husband back in the family as he was earlier. My daughters also ask questions about their father and I console them by saying he would return soon. 73 years old his mother Mula Devi is searching her son.

Ram Ji wife Usha Chauhan is making paper toy and his brother is selling balloon to meet the two end of family.  The family is living in the rented shed at 57/126 B Nawapura, Maidagin, police station Kotwali district Varanasi.
The conducts of Ram Ji Chauhan and Suresh Chauhan are disciplined and humanistic in Naini Prison at Allahabad. 

His Excellency therefore taking the reference of Hon’ble High Court judgment in CRIMINAL WRIT-PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION No. - 2357 of 1997  Bachche lal v/s State of UP, we request you to kindly provide pardon from the life imprisonment award and release both of them.  It is noted that honorable Supreme Court gave recent judgment in this context, which is published in Newspaper.
Thanking You

Sincerely Yours

Lenin Raghuvanshi
Founder and CEO
Gwangju Human Rights Award – 2007
Association of Cultural Harmony in Asia (ACHA) Star Peace Award – 2008
International Human Rights Award of Weimar (Germany) - 2010


Enclosure:

1.     Order in WRIT PETITION (CRIMINAL) NO. 55 OF 2013
2.     Order CRIMINAL WRIT-PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION No. - 2357 of 1997  Bachche lal v/s State of UP
3.     A copy of news paper reporting