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A System of Injustice – The Displacement and Impoverishment of Pardhis in Multai, Madhya Pradesh

a_system_of_injustice-coverOn 9 September 2007, Pardhidhana, a locality in Chouthiya village in southern Madhya Pradesh was razed to the ground by hundreds of local farmers. Several members of the state machinery, including the police and higher administration, stood by as men rampaged through Pardhidhana setting fire to the shanties and demolishing the pucca houses after looting them. Several politicians, including the sitting MLA of the region took an active part in the proceedings.

Within hours of the demolition, two sets of heinous crimes had occurred: in one, two people, Bhondru and Dodelbai of Pardhidhana were found murdered in cold blood, and eyewitnesses alleged the gang rape of Dodelbai as well; in another, ten women alleged that they had been held back when the police forcibly evacuated Pardhidhana before the demolition, and had subsequently been gang raped. While the murders of Dodelbai and Bhondru have been investigated, only one person has been charged with both the crimes!

Based on the fact finding and a close analysis of the CBI charge sheets, what emerges is a systematic mis-carriage of justice. Despite fair judgements by the High Court, the displaced Pardhis have been systematically impoverished. This report details the many ways in which this has occurred.

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Fake Encounters in Odisha

cover_fake_encounters_odishaOn November 14, 2012, media reported that five Maoists had been killed and one captured during an encounter between the security forces and the Sabyasachi Panda faction in the Bhaliaguda forest area of Gobindapur panchayat of Gajapati district (bordering Ganjam), which falls in the jurisdiction of Mohana Police Station.

Subsequent media reports carried the press statement of Sabyasachi Panda stating that those killed were innocent villagers, and that none of his party cadre or he had been hurt. On November 18, the families of the deceased also denied that they were linked with the Maoists. From media and other reports, it clearly appears that the state is hushing up these fake encounters.

The Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) called for a fact-finding and a six-member team consisting of individuals representing civil liberties and democratic rights organisations from Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, and Madhya Pradesh visited the area on Dec 8 and 9, 2012.

This report contains their observations and findings.

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Repression of People affected by Kharak Dam – A Report

This report presents the terror faced by the people living in village Chaukhand, which is a village on the dam site of the Kharak dam proposed to be built on Kharak river in District Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. The incident occurred on 26th May 2013

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The State and Sexual Violence: Challenging Impunity, Demanding Justice

Final wss repor english cover_cropSexual violence has become the weapon of choice in the state’s repressive arsenal, by any parliamentary party in power. Women become the most vulnerable targets of violence during war, communal violence or military occupation. Rape and violence are not simply acts of a few depraved individuals but a weapon used systematically by individuals, society and state to subjugate women or ‘teach them a lesson’.

By probing and documenting several cases of sexual violence perpetrated by the state in various parts of the country, this report by WSS seeks to highlight a pattern that has been emerging over the last few years, to make visible a barbaric, unlawful face of the Indian state, which is being obfuscated and hidden from the public view in various ways.

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For a copy of the report in Hindi, click here

AFSPA, Army Act and the Police: The (Im)Possibility of Justice for the Citizen Victim?

Report of the Fact Finding Team on Sexual Assault in Dolopa, July 2012

Dolopa Fact FindingOn 13th July 2012, a Lance-Naik of the 287 Field Regiment of the Indian Army attempted to rape a 19 year old woman of the Mishing community in a forest close to the village of Dolopa in Assam. Even though the culprit was caught red-handed in the act, the Army refused to allow any criminal proceedings in ordinary courts to take place, while further traumatizing the victim and her mother by prolonged detention and interrogation.

This report by a fact finding team places this incident in the background of draconian laws like the AFSPA and the Army Act of 1950, describing how the immunity provided to security forces in an environment of institutionalized patriarchy further subverts the criminal justice system to the disadvantage of all civilians, particularly the women, indigenous community people and poorest of poor.

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