Human Rights

  • Goa Blast: charges framed against Hindu right wing activists

    Panaji: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on 17 May filed charges in a court against 11 activists of a Hindu right wing organisation for the 2009 Diwali-eve blasts that killed two people in Goa's Margao town. However, the organisation...

  • Sohrabuddin case and Modi’s rule: fair is foul and foul is fair

    Children in a school of Mumbai once asked the Marathi dramatist Vijay Tendulkar what he would do if he had a gun. He told them that he would kill Narendra Modi. The chief minister of Gujarat was so brazen that he challenged Tendulkar to do it. ...

  • Fake encounter case: five lakh compensation given to victim

    Khatauli (U.P.): In a fake encounter case which took place some five years ago in Ghaziabad the state government on the direction of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has given five lakh rupees as compensation to the widow of the dece...

  • Anti-torture Bill introduced in LS

    New Delhi: A Bill that seeks punishment for torture inflicted by public servants or torture inflicted by someone with the consent of public servants was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 26 April. It was introduced by the minister of state for hom...

  • Over 3.7 lakh HR complaints against police

    New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) got over 370,000 complaints against the police force related to human rights abuses in the last 10 years - most of them from Uttar Pradesh, a document of the rights body has revealed. Acc...

  • Statement issued by the Committee for The Release of Political Prisoners

    At the outset it is a case of gross injustice and political vendetta on Dr. Muhammad Qasim Faktoo who has spent twenty years of his life in prison. The case of Dr. Muhammad Qasim epitomises how political convictions, of being a Kashmiri Mus...

  • Malegaon blasts and the structural flaws in intelligence gathering

    By Mustafa Khan A disturbing picture of 2006 blast in Malegaon was the ire of the crowd which manhandled and roughed up a police officer and pushed and pulled him till he decamped. The crowd also burnt a police car. Equally disturbing was ...

  • Four policemen arrested for custodial death

    Ghaziabad: In a case of negligence when a double-murder accused hanged himself at Bahadurnagar jail on 12 April 2010, four policemen including a Station Officer have been arrested. Dharmendra Singh (32) who was arrested in double-murder case, w...

  • Gujarat has 25 custodial deaths in a year

    Ahmadabad: Gujrat State’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) received 25 reports of custodial deaths in the year 2008-09. The Commission’s report said that during this period innumerable complaints of police atrocities have been received...

  • Lajpat Nagar blast verdict: gallows for three

    New Delhi: Two Kashmiris and one Delhi resident were awarded death penalty in a 14-year-old bomb blast case by the Delhi High Court on 22 April 2010. The blast had taken place at the crowded area of Lajpat Nagar in the capital in which 13 peopl...

  • Even after acquittal, police harassment of doctor continues

    Dr Ibrahim Ali Junaid, 28, is a practicing Unani physician at a private hospital in Hyderabad. He was in the final year of his medical course when the local police picked him up in August 2007 in connection with the Makkah Masjid and other terr...

  • Shifting squint from right eye to the left

    Maharashtra government’s dramatic announcement of replacing Raghuvanshi with Maria is an exercise in inanity, to say the least. It can hardly produce any change on the ground. Anyway, both these worthies have been promoted or rewarded for...

  • Black propaganda: news portal eats humble pie

    New Delhi: Rediff.com, a known news portal with anti-Muslim slant, published a malicious news item on 1 April 2010 (see box). It came to my attention next day and I at once tried to post a comment (see box) on the site using the “comment&...

  • Custodial death case: four cops suspended

    Kanpu: Four police personnel were suspended on 16 March in connection with the alleged custodial death of a person, detained for interrogation in Kanpur, officials said. Mukesh, a resident of the city, was allegedly picked up by police from Ana...

  • Custodial deaths: nine policemen arrested

    Lucknow: Nine policemen in Allahabad district were booked for allegedly beating to death two men in custody. The duo had reportedly been picked up for "conspiracy" to loot a beer shop in Allahabad Sanjay Nishad 22, and Ashok NIshad 29...

  • STF officer, men held for extortion

    Chandigarh, 15 March: Seven members of the Haryana Police. Sepcial Task Force, including an ASP were detained on 15 March, following allegations of extorting money from two Panipat businessmen. Threatening to implicate the businessmen infalse c...

  • Bomb blast on Howrah-Mumbai rail line

    Train services on the Howrah-Mumbai main line were suspended for nearly two hours following a bomb blast between Bhalulata and Bisra, about 30 kilometers from Rourkela early on 20 March. GRP sources said the explosion occurred far from the rail...

  • “Biotech Bill more draconian than TADA”

    New Delhi: “We don't need a Bill that encourages free entry of GM (genetically modified) food into India, without ensuring health safety of the people,” said the General Secretary of Urdu Editors Guild, Asghar Ansari. The statem...

  • India fighting America’s disinformation war

    By Mustafa Khan Will the modern day Neros now in Delhi fiddle away precious time as the country is inching towards disaster one after another? The same kind of handling of investigation by the local police and then the ATS and then the CBI...

  • ISRO: “terror attack” or hallucination?

    By Majid Jahangir New Delhi: On 16 March 2010 a security guard at ISRO near Bangalore claimed that two armed men from a short distance fired at the centre and then fled. He also claimed that in retaliation, he fired two rounds at the suspe...