India is unsafe for Human rights defenders

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India is unsafe for, Human rights defenders

Human rights defenders
Human rights defenders , are unsafe in India.

According to the latest Amnesty International report, 3500, Human rights defenders, have been killed worldwide since the year 1998.India had 16 killings of environmental defenders in the year 2016.

The work of Human rights defenders is painful. They carry out their work in different aspects like as journalist, lawyers and environmental defenders as well.

India is very unsafe for, Human rights defenders.

Activists around the country are vulnerable because of the fact that they live in the same area as the culprits. As political leaders do not want information about their activities to be disclosed so it becomes difficult for them to work properly. These people get some attention only when one is killed or seriously injured.

Besides, the RTI Act, 2005 provides inadequate protection to whistle-blowers. The Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions are not mandated to deal with such threats or attacks or to provide protection when needed

India is unsafe for Human rights defenders

In 2014, he had spoken against superstitions in Hinduism, which some people misinterpreted as being against idolatry in Hinduism. Following which, a case was registered on the basis of a private complaint by an individual against Kalburgi for hurting religious sentiments. Kalburgi was shot dead in the morning of August 30, 2015, at his residence in Dharwad district of Karnataka by two unidentified men. The case remained unsolved.

The author of the best selling Marathi language biography of 17th-century ruler Shivaji was attacked on February 16, 2015, by gun-wielding assailants. His name was Govid Pansare. And he died from his wounds on February 20.

This author used to run an organisation that encouraged inter-caste marriage. He had opposed the Putrakameshti yajna (special prayers performed in Hinduism for the sake of having a male child). He protested on toll taxes as well.

Police could not find any evidence against Sameer Gaikwad, main accused in the case. The investigations are still pending.

So, the life of human rights defenders is unsafe and uncertain in India.

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