More than 800 film-makers and other supporters expressed their solidarity with film-makers Debalina Majumder and Shabnam Virmani, after their films Gay India Matrimony and Had-Anhad were stopped from being screened at the Ravenshaw University in Cuttack, Odisha, last week. Initially, the university authorities scrapped the film festival, scheduled […]
It is unfortunate that despite living in a political democracy for 75 years, Muslim organizations today are demanding a national blasphemy law.
September 7, 2021Over 150 Citizens from all walks of life have condemned outright the hounding of intellectuals, poets and actors, both Javed Akhtar and Naseeruddin Shah. The press statement with the Text of the Statement and Details of Signatories is below.We request that this finds place in your […]
“Democracy upholds the fundamental right to life and liberty alongside the right to freedom of speech and expression, assembly, association and movement in our country. The Supreme Court of India deemed the right to privacy as integral to the right to life and personal liberty guaranteed in Article […]
PUCL statement on case against environmental activists Stop the Witch Hunt! Drop all false & motivated Cases Respect the fundamental right of free speech, dissent, assembly and association!! The PUCL welcomes the order of the Delhi Sessions Court on 23.2.21, granting bail to Disha Ravi, a 21 year […]
Prominent citizens, including artists, environmental and social activists, parents, teachers, professionals, adivasis, dalits and farmers, today spoke out against the illegal and disproportionate response of the government in targeting young activists, including Disha Ravi, and the government’s intent to criminalise dissent. At a press conference organised by the […]
The statement by the Network of Women in Media India (NWMI) on the Kerala government’s ill-advised, and now withdrawn, ordinance to introduce a new and draconian section to the Kerala Police Act, makes a very important point: Such measures only encourage over-reach of law enforcement agencies, potentially curb […]
Clear that the arrest and detention of Kanojia is politically motivated and driven by vendetta. It fits a larger pattern of Uttar Pradesh administration attempting to silence dissenting voices.