Press Statements - 2013

Dec 25 2013

Armed Conflicts and the Protection of Non-combatants: Condemn Killing of Media Persons by CPI (Maoist)

 Peoples Union for Democratic Rights condemns the killing of Sai Reddy, a correspondent of  Deshbandhu, a Hindi newspaper, based in Bijapur in south Bastar, Chhattisgarh  on December 6, 2013. In a statement issued on December 10, 2013, the South Regional Committee of CPI(Maoist) claimed that  Sai Reddy had “played an active role against the people’s movement in Basaguda and Usur areas over last two decades”, and therefore was condemned to death.

Dec 11 2013

Re-criminalizing same sex relations - a blow to equality and dignity

The Peoples’ Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) expresses deep disappointment at the Supreme Court ruling making homosexual relations between consenting adults an offence.  In an affirmation of the rights of Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) persons, the Delhi High Court in a landmark judgment in 2009 had de-criminalized consensual same- sex relations, taking it out of the ambit of ‘unnatural sex’ under section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

Nov 13 2013

Adverse events following Pentavalent vaccination in Kashmir

The pentavalent vaccine for protection against five childhood diseases was introduced in Jammu & Kashmir in February 2013, as part the Universal Immunization Programme (UIP). Three doses of this vaccine replace the conventional DPT vaccine which protects against three diseases, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus. The newer pentavalent vaccine includes the DPT as well as vaccines against pneumonia-meningitis (Hib) and hepatitis B.

Sep 16 2013

Delhi Gang Rape Case: Futility of Capital Punishment

 The judgment on the16th December 2012 Delhi gang rape case awarding death penalty to all four accused seems to have brought finality to the cries for justice. While this judgment is found to be in consonance with the majority’s demand, PUDR yet again reaffirms its stand on the futility of capital punishment.

Sep 04 2013

Arrest of Hem Mishra and Prashant Rahi:Silencing voices questioning violation of fundamental rights

 The Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) strongly condemns the arrest of Prashant Rahi and Hem Mishra, accusing them of Naxal links. Though the exact date of Hem Mishra’s arrest is yet to be ascertained, he was most probably picked up by the police around  around 15th  August. Prashant Rahi was on the other hand was arrested on the 2nd September. The allegation against both of them is that they were carrying some documents/ literature.

Aug 27 2013

CDRO press release on findings of the fact finding team in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra: Released at the Press Conference at Nagpur

 Six cases of encounters in Gadchiroli district have been reported in the press this year. A total of 26 persons have lost their lives in these encounters. People from the villages where the encounters took place have questioned the veracity of the police claims.

Aug 15 2013


 The policy of the Indian State to control the people of Jammu and Kashmir through armed forces is entrenched and has resulted in numerous informal and formal networks of forces outside of the regular armed forces [i.e. army, para-military and police]. More specifically, these networks are referred to in Jammu and Kashmir as: VDCs, Special Police Officers [SPOs] and Ikhwans. Arms are distributed, minus any training, and persons appointed as VDC members, SPOs or Ikhwans, have little or no clarity of the chain of command to control the activities of such forces.

Jul 05 2013

CDRO Condemns the Gruesome Murder of Ganti Prasadam

  Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO)  strongly condemns the brutal and horrifying murder of Ganti Prasadam, the former leader of the Maoist Party and present honorary President of Amarula Bandumitrula Committee, by the state sponsored criminal gang. He was attacked with knifes and fired at him at point blank   at 3.30 pm on Thursday (4rth July) in Nellore Town, Andhra Pradesh. The attack was carried on when Prasadam was about to enter the Nellore Hospital premises to visit an ailing relative.

Jul 03 2013

One Step Forward with Uncertainties Ahead

 Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO)  welcomes the decision of the  Judicial Magistrate, Kupwara (J&K) on 18th June 2013, asking for “further investigation to unravel the identity of those who happen to be perpetrators”  of mass rape which took place in the two villages of Kunan and Poshpora in the North Kashmir district of Kupwara, on  23-24 February 1991.  

Jun 06 2013

A Not So Mysterious Death: the death of Khalid Mujahid

 PUDR strongly condemns the death of Khalid Mujahid, an undertrial arrested in 2007 in connection with bomb blasts in UP earlier that year. Mujahid died on 19 May, 2013 when he was being escorted by a team of the Uttar Pradesh state police from a court in Faizabad to Lucknow jail. His death while under police escort in what is a clear case of custodial killing raises several questions - the rights of citizens, especially Muslim youth; the character of the police and state; the truth behind terror cases and arrests.