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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

Nov 22 16:27

Muffling of the media and the slide down to khakistocracy: PUDR strongly condemns Assam Rifles notification in Nagaland

On 16th November this year, the date which is celebrated as the National Press Day, three news dailies in Nagaland ran blank columns in place of editorials. The news dailies picked up the occasion to protest a notification from the Assam Rifles dated 25th October 2015, that was received by six media houses in the state. On the same day, a joint statement by the editors of all the six newspapers in receipt of the notification was released too. 

Nov 05 06:29

Condemn Delhi Police Brutality on Protesting Students

PUDR strongly condemns the repression unleashed by the Delhi police on students protesting against the University Grants Commission's move to scrap non NET fellowship for research scholars. The protesting students were lathicharged by the Delhi police first on October 23 and again on October 27.

Nov 01 22:03

Tamil Nadu Police Stop Convicting People from Singing Protest Songs!

In a bizarre move, the Tamil Nadu police arrested S. Kovan, a well-known folk singer on charges of sedition (S. 124-A), for promoting enmity between communities (S. 153-A) and criminal intimidation (S. 505/1) of the IPC. According to news reports, Kovan was picked up at 2.30 a.m.

Oct 21 18:31

Writers’ Protest: A Call Against Intolerance and More

 The threat of a two pronged attack on life and liberty of the citizens, as well as visiting foreigners, posed by a party in power never appeared as imminent as it does today. There is an exponential rise in the assault on our democratic rights launched by the Hindtuva forces, and the institutions of the State, from police to intelligence and civil administration. The right wing bigots feel empowered under Narendra Modi led Central Government, is a palpable truism of our times.

Oct 20 05:30

Lynch and Burn: Hindutva’s slaughter methods

 On 18th October 2015, Zahid Ahmed Bhat succumbed to his burn injuries in New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital. Bhat, a resident of Batengoo, Anantnag district, was a nineteen year old cleaner of a truck that was set on fire on the night of 9th--10th October 2015 by a Hindu mob in Udhampur town on suspicion of cattle smuggling and cow slaughter. A petrol bomb was hurled inside the truck, on its three sleeping inmates.

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