About Us

Over the last 30 years or more, the civil rights movement in India has emerged as an autonomous voice in defense of civil liberties and democratic rights of our people. The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi, is one such organisation. It came into existence in 1977 as the Delhi unit of a larger national forum,PUCLDR, and became PUDR on 1 February, 1981.

Press Releases

Feb 05 09:02

PUDR salutes Professor Randhir Singh

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights mourns the death of Professor Randhir Singh, who passed away on Sunday 31st January, 2016. He was teacher par excellence to many, guide and philosopher to many more. For us he spanned the pre and post 1947 India which was marked not only by his scholarship grounded in opposition to exploitation and oppression, but one enriched by his activism from his student days.

Feb 03 11:48

Admission opens a can of worms

On 23rd July 2009, the Manipur police claimed to have had an encounter with a ‘PLA cadre’ Sanjit, as a result of which Sanjit died.

Feb 03 16:28

The police must be held answerable for the Sangam Park riot of 31st January

 PUDR strongly condemns the police’s role in the outbreak of riots between members of the Valmiki and  Muslim communities, in the Sangam Park area in North West Delhi, on 31st January, 2016.  PUDR’s investigation into the incidents of 30th and 31st January, and meetings with residents and the police on 31st January and 1st February clearly establish the police’s culpability.

Jan 19 06:02

Condemn casteist actions of Hyderabad University authorities

 PUDR strongly condemns the authorities of the Central University of Hyderabad for their caste based victimisation of Dalit students, which, on 17th January, 2016, resulted in Rohith Vemula , a Dalit Research Scholar in Science Technology and Society Studies in the University, committing suicide.

Jan 18 05:30

CDRO Condemns the new wave of State terror being unleashed on the people of Chhattisgarh

Reports from Nendra and Pedda Jojer in Bijapur, and Kunna in Sukma reveal a new and brutal wave of systematic violence being carried out by security forces in South Chhattisgarh. On the one hand Chhattisgarh police proudly announces the launch of new operations and tactics, boasting of better coordination among forces and improvement in training. On the other, we have the bold but lesser heard voices of people who inhabit the lands to which the police is “laying siege” - revealing the bitter truth of the war the State continues to wage on its people.

Latest Publications

Oct 23 15:58

Dead Wrong: Why was Dhananjoy Chatterjee Hanged?


 Dead Wrong: Why was DhananjoyChatterjee Hanged?is a report which questions the judicial decision to hang Dhananjoy Chatterjee on 14th August 2004 in Kolkata’s Alipore Correctional Home. Chatterjee, a security guard, was awarded death penalty for the rape and murder of an 18 year old girl, Hetal Parekh, in March 1990 in her apartment in Bhowanipore, Kolkata.

Oct 22 15:45

The Murder of Yakub Abdul Hassan Shaikh:A conspiracy of silence between Toyota Shinrai management and the police department

 The gruesome daylight murder of a 56-year old man in a Toyota showroom in the heart of Mumbai ought to have made front page news. Further that Yakub Abdul Hassan Shaikh, a father of 3, was murdered by his co-workers, a day after the Dadri lynching, on 29th September, 2015 ought to have made the city police swing into action mode. 

This report is the outcome of a joint fact finding of Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR), Bharat Bachao Andolan (BBA) and Jagrut Kamgar Manch (JKM ) 

Aug 28 11:59

धागों में उलझी ज़िंदगियाँ: उधोग विहार, गुड़गाँव के कपडा उद्योग के मज़दूरों के बीच हादसों और असंतोष की दास्तान


उद्योग विहार की कपड़ा फक्ट्रियों में हादसों की सूची बढ़ती जा रही है | 20 जून 2015 को ओरियेंट क्राफ्ट नामक फैक्ट्री के 'फिनिशिंग' विभाग में काम करने वाले एक मज़दूर पवन कुमार को लिफ्ट का प्रयोग करते समय बिजली के झटके लगे थे और वह घायल हो गया था | खबर सुनते ही कई मज़दूर फैक्ट्री के गेट पर इकट्ठा हो गए थे | इससे पहले 12 फरवरी 2015 को उद्योग विहार, गुड़गांव में कपड़ा फैक्ट्रियों के सैंकड़ों मज़दूर सड़कों पर आ उतरे और कुछ फैक्ट्रियों की बिल्डिंगों पर पत्थर फैंके | उन्होंने अफ़वाह सुनी थी की उनके एक साथी मज़दूर समी चंद की मौत हो गई है | बाद में पता