Human Rights

  • UP govt move to release Tariq Qasmi

    Lucknow: Strange are the ways of Indian politics. Here political parties promise the moon to the voters in the form of manifestoes at the time of elections but forget them  soon after. Once in power, the leaders become so engrossed in serv...

  • 1336 rape cases in Kashmir in 7 years, conviction rate woefully low

    With the entire country up in arms against the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old student in a moving bus, Jammu and Kashmir’s rape victims despite fighting for justice from past many years have remained a disappointed lot as the culprits ...

  • Terrorism, Inefficient Investigations and Delayed Justice

    By Anis Ahmad anis49@gmail.com India has long been facing the menace of terrorism, which at some point of time even threatened a full-fledged war. Punjab faced that situation for nearly a decade while Jammu & Kashmir is yet to overco...

  • Why govt silent on banning Abhinav Bharat: Mufti Mukarram

    New Delhi: Maulana Mufti Mohammad Mukaram, Imam of Shahi Masjid Fatehpuri, hitting at the government's double standards in banning the communal organizations said on 8 May that on the one hand we are against terrorism and we are in favour o...

  • Why no ban on Hindu terrorist organisations?

    New Delhi: Recently the central government has imposed a ban on about a hundred terrorist and extremist organisations, many of which are totally unknown to the people of India, but surprisingly no such ban was imposed on Hindu terrorist organis...

  • Three years on, justice eludes Hyderabad blast victims

    Hyderabad: Three years after the Makkah Masjid blasts, justice still eludes the victims of the explosions, and of the subsequent police firing and torture in the name of "investigation", the Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee (CLMC)...

  • 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...