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http://pvchr.blogspot.com/2010/07/city-commitment-against-torture-and_20.htmlhttp://testimony-india.blogspot.com/2010/07/city-commitment-against-torture-and_20.html
http://www.mynews.in/News/City_commitment_against_torture_and_organized_violence_in_Varanasi_N72853.html


Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) and Danish organization Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (RCT) had exclusively hold the high profile honor ceremony of survivor of torture and organized violence on 54 birth anniversary of Veteran Journalist Sri Sushil Tripathi on 18th July, 2010 in Hotel Kamesh Hut, Varanasi. 


 The program started by paying homage on the photo of pro – survivor veteran Journalist by political leader Mr. Mohan Prakash, Dr. Shailendra Kumar Tripathi, Parikshit and Priyanka, Mayor Mr. Kaushlendra Singh, Acharya Sant. Vivek Das, Vijay Narayen, Dr. S.M Gangulay, Tarun Kanti Basu and many other renowned person of the city and local participation of around 150 people who join the struggle against TOV. 

The program proceeds giving brief introduction about him, as he raised the issues related to the down trodden and victims of any category candidly. Expressing their views, the participants recalled the contribution of the late journalist in the field of media and he fought for the cause of poor and victim through pen.

The testimony of the twelve survivors was read to the public and the survivors were honored with the testimony and traditional white shawl. The name of the survivors Ram Ji Gupta, Mrs. Neetu Gupta, Mr. Mahatim, Mr. Vinod Gupta, Mr. Phool Chand, Mr. Harkhali, Mr. Jahid, Mr. Bikhari Sahani, Mr. Lal Chandra Sonker, Mrs. Mamta Singh, Mr. Pankaj Kumar Verma, Mr. Dilip Seth. 

After hearing the emotional part of the testimony Bikhari Sahani started crying and the eyes of the people presented in the hall become wet. "I feed my family by pulling trolleys for 18 hours after working day and night. I took a loan of Rs 24,000 to build a shelter for my family to save it from rains. One fine day two officer came along with around 50 cops and bulldozer and without any information razed my house. We could not save our belongings. The incident left my wife in coma and later she died. Now I need justice after all I am a human being. Please do something for my children otherwise they will starve to death."

Ram Ji Gupta became nervous after hearing the soft feeling, on 12 February this year my entire family got to face police torture. Late in the night I opened the door of my house on hearing a knock. A couple of policemen barged into my house and started beating up female of my house with boots and belts. Even they tried to molest my wife and my daughter in law. Then they dragged us to police station and abused us. An ordinary man is not safe in the city. I want CBI and the CB-CID to investigate the matter and ensure justice for my family.

Mahatim felt proud after being honored and fearlessly narrated his self suffering to the media. He reaffirmed his fight against mafia don Munna Bajrangi up to the last battle for the conclusion of the case.

Overall impact of the honor ceremony is in form of survivor's commitment against impunity.

 On the occasion the five girls also Chanda, Jyoti, Puja, Vimla and Madhuri -who fought against the child marriage, were awarded with Savitri Bai Phule award. They Prevail and emanate from the traditional culture or male supremacy. As most women in India suffer directly or indirectly by the existing patriarchal structure of the society. Denying the child marriage the parents of these girls faced odd situation in the society.

After the girls are being honored by this award and high profile media publicity, the parents of these girls feel psychological courage and join the movement against the child marriage as organized violence against women. It is noted that it is in result 10 years effort in the area of Baghwanala with the support of Child Right and You (CRY), Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT), Parul Sharma, Raj Dulari Foundation, Helma Ritscher, DIG (Germany) and InWent.  

Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi announced "Sushil Tripathi media fellowship" for "Promoting a psycho -legal framework to reduce torture and organized violence in India" of 1 lakhs 20 thousand Rupees each to three including two from Hindi and one from English for two years for 10 story reporting. The media fellowship will be declared on the birth anniversary of great writer Munshi Prem Chandra (Shakespeare of Hindi literature) on 31st July, 2010.

The program was moderated by Sri Ashok Anand and ended with the vote of thanks by Ms. Shruti Nagvanshi. 

  Please see the link:

http://testimony-india.blogspot.com/2010/07/from-glimpse-of-media-and-photo.html

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/varanasi/Now-girls-say-I-wont-do/articleshow/6181691.cms

http://www.scribd.com/doc/34570436/Scan-0015

http://pvchr.blogspot.com/2010/07/prevention-of-torture-bill-2010.html



 
 
Update Appeal

INDIA: Again Vinod Kumar Gupta and his father Ram Lal Gupta were illegally detained and faced the police brutality in the custody

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19th February, 2010
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Issue: Arbitrary detention, threat to life, blatant violation of laws, failure of rule of law, custodial torture, right to life with dignity

Dear Friends, 

 Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) got information that again Mr. Vinod Kumar Gupta and his father Ram Lal Gupta were illegally detained and faced the police brutality in the custody at Phulpur police station of Varanasi as many cases of custodial torture and deaths reported in various part of Uttar Pradesh in India.
Case detail:

 

Mr. Vinod Kumar Gupta and his father Mr. Ram Lal Gupta were released on 18th February, 2010 night at 8 pm. As on 12th February, 2010 night approximately at 11:30 in the night 5-6 policemen in the civil dress with the shop owner son Mr. Vicky Gupta came to Vinod Gupta house. They forcefully detained entire family including women's and children also. Vinod Kumar Gupta's wife was alone in the house and she was being sexually assault by the police and they hit her dignity by using abusive language. On 13th February, 2010 they released Vinod Kumar Gupta mothers' Gaytri Devi and they also hit on her knee. They also took mobile phone of Vinod's brother the numbers are: +91-9792731268, +91-9305754951 and +91-9336280429. 

 After being released Ram Ji Gupta informed ,"During the time of illegal detention I was kept in three police stations i.e. Cholapur, Phulpur and Sindhaura (police outpost). In the custody they severely tortured us and compel us to drink the urine and put petrol in the ear of Vinod. Now we are living life in threat and expecting to be killed by the shop owner.  Due to this incidence my other sons are being dismissed from their jobs due to fear of powerful shop owner." 

On 13th February, 2010 Seema faxed letter to appropriate authorities and PVCHR sent letter to Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) about the incidence. 

Prior to this, Mr. Vinod Kumar Gupta released on 1st February, 2010 after nine days of illegal detention on the immediate intervention and advocacy. Please see the petition on the URL: http://pvchr.blogspot.com/2010/01/illegal-detention-blatant-violation-of.html

Please see the given below URL to watch the testimonies:

 Other relevant Information:

 Uttar Pradesh has a notorious distinction in police brutality cases in India. Recently reported two custodial deaths as the men in the lockup died after being beaten up with lathis and rifles by policemen in  Allahabad. Another case of police brutality registered in Amethi of Uttar Pradesh where police inspector beating up a Dalit woman to extract a confession while a woman constable views as a mute spectator has emerged. The policeman, identified as SHO of Musafirkhana police station Kailash Dwivedi, was caught on camera beating up a Dalit woman and tearing her clothes. Sangeeta Kori was the woman being questioned in connection with her husband's murder. Please see the URL: http://news.oneindia.in/2010/02/18/up-policeman-suspended-for-beating-up-dalit-woman.html. The video, available from a newsfeed by The Times of India is available http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/news/Shocking-UP-cop-assaults-woman-on-camera/videoshow/5585356.cms.All above mentioned cases are clear cut violation of order/instruction of Honorable Supreme Court in case of DK Basu V/S Government of West Bengal as guideline of detention. Please see:  http://testimony-india.blogspot.com/2010/02/shri-dk-basu-v-state-of-west-bengal.html

 

The primitiveness of this institution is reflected in its intellect that still depends on brute force as an accepted means of crime investigation. Its colonial mindset is echoed in the acts of police officers, who believe that it is their lawful right to punish people at will.

  According to the information received National Human Rights Commission 23852 & 21014 cases has been registered in year 2008 & 2009 respectively in Uttar Pradesh. According to Government statistics, the number of custodial deaths has registered an increase in the last fiscal by 70 compared to 2006-07.

Prevention of Torture Bill (http://www.scribd.com/doc/27145813/Prevention-of-Torture-Bill-India-2008 Prevention of Torture Bill, 2008) is more important piece of legislation, the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2008 is subjected to the legislative deepfreeze since the day it was drafted.

Government's lack of interest in the issue is reflected in the Bill. The Bill, a mere 477 words in a page and half, not only fails to meet international standards against torture, but also falls short of the country's own domestic jurisprudence on the issue developed by its courts, in particular the Supreme Court of India. The Bill, like practice of police, represents yet another institution in the country, its legislature, and its collective intellectual dishonesty. 

 
Sample letter

 
To,

    …………………………

    ………………………...

 Subject: Please take preventive and punitive measure to stop further police brutality in custody in Uttar Pradesh. 

 I want to draw your attention towards the case of Mr. Vinod Kumar Gupta and his father Mr. Ram Lal Gupta were released on 18th February, 2010 night at 8 pm. As on 12th February, 2010 night approximately at 11:30 in the night 5-6 policemen in the civil dress with the shop owner son Mr. Vicky Gupta came to Vinod Gupta house. They forcefully detained entire family including women's and children also. 

I am informed that Vinod Kumar Gupta's wife Seema was alone in the house and she was being sexually assault by the police and they hit her dignity by using abusive language to kept her. On 13th February, 2010 they released Vinod Kumar Gupta mothers' Gaytri Devi and they also hit on her knee. They also took mobile phone of Vinod's brother the numbers are: +91-9792731268, +91-9305754951 and +91-9336280429. 
 Ram Ji Gupta stated, "During the time of illegal detention I was kept in three police stations i.e. Cholapur, Phulpur and Sindhaura (police outpost). In the custody they severely tortured us and compel us to drink the urine and put petrol in the ear of Vinod. Now we are living life in threat and expecting to be killed by the shop owner.  Due to this incidence my other son is being dismissed from their jobs." 

I am also informed that on 13th February, 2010 Seema fax letter to appropriate authority and PVCHR sent letter to Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) about the incidence. 

 Prior to this Mr. Vinod Kumar Gupta released on 1st February, 2010 after nine days of illegal detention on the immediate intervention and advocacy.

 I am also informed that recently Allahabad reported two custodial deaths as the men in the lockup died after being beaten up with lathis and rifles by policemen. Another case of police brutality registered in Amethi of Uttar Pradesh where police inspector beating up a Dalit woman to extract a confession while a woman constable views as a mute spectator has emerged. The policeman, identified as SHO of Musafirkhana police station Kailash Dwivedi, was caught on camera beating up a Dalit woman and tearing her clothes. Sangeeta Kori was the woman being questioned in connection with her husband's murder.

 Therefore it is kind request to take appropriate action to prevent further prevention police brutality in the custody and to direct each police official follow the D.K Basu Guideline VS State of West Bengal. 

Thanking You

 Sincerely Yours 

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 Please write letter to

 1. Director General of Police
1-B.N. Lahiri Marg/Tilak Marg,
Lucknow Fax: 0522-2206120, 2206174.
Ph: 0522-2206104 .
Email: police@up.nic.in

 2. Chief Minister
Government of Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister's Secretariat
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
INDIA
Fax: + 91 52 2223 0002 / 2223 9234
E-mail: csup@up.nic.in

3. Inspector General of Police
Varanasi Zone
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
INDIA
Email: igzonevns@up.nic.in

4. Senior Superintendent of Police
Varanasi, SSP Office
Kachahari, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
INDIA

Email: sspvns@up.nic.in

 5. Mr. Chitambaram
Home Minister
North Block
New Delhi 110 001
INDIA
Fax: + 91 11 23794833


 6. Chairperson
 National Human Rights Commission
 Faridkot House, Copernicus Marg, 
 New Delhi, PIN 110001 
  Tel.No. 23384012 
  Fax No. 23384863 
  E-Mail:covdnhrc@nic.in, ionhrc@nic.in
   jrlawnhrc@nic.in

 Thank you.

Urgent Appeals Programme

Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR
 
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