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On the 17th May, 2022, the Governor of Karnataka in an extraordinary move, promulgated The Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Ordinance, 2022. There were no urgent circumstances necessitating the promulgation of the ordinance. The promulgation of this ordinace is a ‘fraud on the Constitution’ and makes a mockery of the theory of separation of powers which mandates that it is the legislature and not the executive who is the law making authority.

The ordinance makes grave inroads into the constitutional freedoms guaranteed to all Indians and will tarnish the secular fabric and rich cultural traditions of communal harmony that exist between faiths. Ever since the coming to power of the Basavaraj Bommai government, the minorities in the state have been reeling under a regime of fear and insecurity with Hindutva groups outrightly threatening to demolish churches, engaging in acts of vigilantism in the name of ‘moral policing’, calls to regulate azan and boycott Muslim businesses and the prohibition of the wearing of the hijab. The Karnataka Government has failed to step in and take action against these Hindutva groups who are outrightly threatening the constitutional ideals of non discrimination, equality, fraternity and dignity.

The cabinet decision to take the ordinance route, in the midst of such circumstances only shows the implicit support of the government to the vigilante elements who blatantly violate the Constitution. The Governor who is the constitutional head of the State has given the go by to the very constitution he has sworn to protect and defend by allowing this prima facie unconstitutional ordinance to become law.

PUCL is deeply distressed, that the Governor has failed to take note of the attacks on minorities before deciding to promulgate the ordinance. In its recent report titled “Criminalising the Practice of Faith”, PUCL had specifically documented sixty two hate crimes perpetrated against the Christians in Karnataka by Hindutva groups. The report exposed the modus operandi of the Hindutva groups using the bogey of conversion to attack minorities. The Governor and the Government have today legitimized the excesses of the vigilantes by promulgating an ordinance which will provide legal cover for the lawless, coercive and threatening actions of the Hindutva groups.

The passing of the ordinance means that Karnataka now enters a dangerous new phrase as far as attacks on minorities are concerned, because today these attacks are legitimized by law. The criminalization of conversion by allurement, conversion by the promise of marriage as well as the regulations around conversion are the unconstitutional heart of an unconstitutional law.

Allurement is defined very broadly to include the offer of ‘gifts or gratification in cash or kind’ as well as ‘employment or free education.’ Philanthropic activities be it the running of schools or vocational centres can easily be tarred as criminal activities being done for the purpose of conversion. This potentially criminalises all charitable activity carried out by Christian institutions with deep repercussions for the Preambular promise of fraternity.

The ordinance also targets love marriages, especially if they are across lines of religion by criminalising conversion with the ‘promise of marriage’. The criminalisation of conversion with the ‘promise of marriage’, violates a core aspect of the constitution, namely the right to marry the person of one’s choice and have the faith of one’s choice.

The ordinance finally drops the pretence that it is only concerned with illegal conversions, by going on to restrict the right to consensually convert and be converted with bureaucratic and police regulations. Under Section 8, the one who desires to convert as well as the one performing the conversion must submit a form to the District Magistrate thirty days in advance.

The requirement of notice for conversion and the public display of details of the one choosing to covert in the office of the District Magistrate is itself a violation of the constitutionally recognized right to privacy which was laid down by nine judges of the Supreme Court in Puttaswamy v Union of India.

This criminalisation of charity, love across lines of religion as well as the freedom of faith in the form of this ordinance is a blatant violation of the constitutional safeguards and must be resisted by all those who believe in the Constitution. Today, we who believe in the Constitution have no option but to stiffen our resolve and re-dedicate ourselves to the fight for the fundamental rights and freedoms which ‘We the people of India’, gave to ourselves on January 26, 1950.

Adv. Arvind Narrain, President
PUCL – Karnataka

Adv. Robin Christopher, General Secretary PUCL – Karnataka

Mr. Shujayathulla, President
PUCL – Bangalore

Sugarcane Harvesting and Bonded Labour – A Report from Belagavi

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PUCL-K’s open letter to CM & Governor of Karnataka regarding economic boycott of Muslim businesses in temple fairs in Karnataka

March 28, 2022 by · Comments Off on PUCL-K’s open letter to CM & Governor of Karnataka regarding economic boycott of Muslim businesses in temple fairs in Karnataka
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  1. Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot,
    Governor of Karnataka,
    Raj Bhavan Road,
    Karnataka state – 560001
  2. Shri. Basavaraj Bommai,
    Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka,
    Vidhana Soudha,
    Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560001

Dear Sir,

Sub: Regarding the dangerous unconstitutional economic boycott of Muslim
businesses in temples fairs in Karnataka.

The PUCL-K is deeply disturbed by the range of media reports for the barring of Muslims
from participating in auctions for the annual festival in Mahanlingeshwara Temple in Puttur
district. The media has reported that this prohibition has been followed by the Hosa Marigud
Temple in Udupi District refusing to allot stalls to Muslims. There are also statements by
Bajrang Dal and Shri Rama Sena leaders calling for the economic boycott of the Muslim

The boycott calls are sought to be given a fig leaf of legitimacy by referring to Rule 31(12) of
the 2002 Rules of the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments
Act, 1997, which state that no property, including land, building or sites situated near the
institution shall be leased out to non-Hindus. However as Senior advocate Chander Uday
Singh pointed out this is a deliberate misinterpretation of the provision as Rule 31 only deals
with long-term leases of immoveable property owned by a temple (up to 30 years for land,
and five years for shops and buildings). It does not deal with the short-term licences which
would be used to allot stalls or spaces to vendors during a festival.

Both economic boycott and calling for economic boycott is violative of the constitutional
promise of non-discrimination enacted in Article 15. Article 15, explicitly prohibits
discrimination on grounds of religion, besides race, caste, sex or place of birth. Article 15(2)
further proclaims that no citizen be subject to any ‘restriction’ with regard to ‘access to
shops’, ‘maintained wholly or partly out of State funds or dedicated to the use of the general

It bears noting that for Babasaheb Ambedkar, ‘shops’ was to be interpreted broadly to
prohibit people from excluding others from economic life through boycotts based on religion,
caste etc. We should also remember that Babasaheb Ambedkar was a vociferous opponent of
social and economic boycotts noting that it was a form of ‘tyranny of the majority’. In his
words, ‘the method of open violence pales before it, for it has the most far reaching and
deadening effect. It is more dangerous because it passes as a lawful method consistent with
the theory of freedom of contract’.

The call for social and economic boycott should deeply worry all Indians is because of the
tragic history of the aftermath of such boycott calls in world history. In Nazi Germany hate
speech dehumanizing the Jewish community was followed by calls for social and economic
boycott which was followed by the enactment of laws depriving Jews of citizenship and
finally the genocide against the Jews. Rwanda and Myanmar followed a similar path in their
path to committing the ‘crime of crimes’, genocide. We should take seriously these warnings
from history and silence is not an option for any constitutional authority. All constitutional
authorities must step in to ensure that governance in Karnataka is in accordance with the
Constitution and we do not go down a path taken by other countries such as Nazi Germany
and Hutu power Rwanda.

Hence, we call upon the following actions to be taken immediately:

  1. Immediately withdraw the decisions, and ensure that Muslims and persons of all
    religious communities are provided an equal space and opportunity to carry out their
    businesses during all days of the festivals;
  2. Immediately initiate criminal action against the organizations pressurizing and
    attempting to cause an economic boycott of Muslim businesses;
  3. Ensure that immediate measures are taken to restore and maintain communal harmony
    across Karnataka as required by the Communal Harmony Guidelines, 2008 issued by
    the Ministry of Home Affairs, including keeping organizations that undermine
    communal harmony under scrutiny and taking appropriate action against them;
  4. Clarify the statements made by elected representatives erroneously interpreting the
    Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act, 1997 to
    legitimize the unconstitutional act of discrimination on grounds of religion.
    We hope, given the urgency of the situation, that immediate action will be taken.

Adv. Arvind Narrain,
PUCL – Karnataka

Adv. Robin Christopher,
General Secretary
PUCL – Karnataka

Mr. Shujayathulla,
PUCL – Bangalore

Criminalising the Practise of Faith

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A Report by PUCL Karnataka on Hate Crimes against Christians in Karnataka

From Communal Policing to Hate Crimes – The Attack on Ambedkar’s Dream of Fraternity

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A Report on Dakshina Kannada (January – September 2021)

Report by: PUCL-K, AILAJ, AIPF and Gauri Lankesh News

PUCL Statement: Oppose Dilution of Labour Laws!!

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PUCL Statement: Oppose Dilution of Labour Laws!!
Labour Laws Necessary to Protect Fundamental Rights of Workers

PUCL is deeply concerned at the swiftness with which many states in the nation are dismantling the protection afforded to workers under their various labour laws. These laws provide many of the basic guarantees to workers – ensuring that employees get paid decent wages on time, have reasonable working hours, and are not subject to discrimination. They require employers to provide basic necessities such as drinking water and clean toilets to workers, and protect them from accidents and occupational hazards and diseases. Labour laws are essential for ensuring fundamental rights for our workers – rights which are guaranteed by the Indian Constitution to all Indian citizens, at all times. PUCL believes that withdrawing these protections from the working population in an effort to entice new businesses, is an unconstitutional, immoral and unethical attempt to revive an economy at the expense of its weakest citizens.PUCL is deeply concerned at the swiftness with which many states in the nation are dismantling the protection afforded to workers under their various labour laws. These laws provide many of the basic guarantees to workers – ensuring that employees get paid decent wages on time, have reasonable working hours, and are not subject to discrimination. They require employers to provide basic necessities such as drinking water and clean toilets to workers, and protect them from accidents and occupational hazards and diseases. Labour laws are essential for ensuring fundamental rights for our workers – rights which are guaranteed by the Indian Constitution to all Indian citizens, at all times. PUCL believes that withdrawing these protections from the working population in an effort to entice new businesses, is an unconstitutional, immoral and unethical attempt to revive an economy at the expense of its weakest citizens.

Better Enforcement of Labour Laws Required, Not their Dilution
The country is currently witnessing a massive human tragedy as lakhs of migrant workers found themselves stranded during the lockdown, without any means of getting food or work. Much of this could have been averted had the laws on migrant workers been properly implemented, and all of them been duly documented. Many of these workers have not been paid for months. Again, had the laws relating to timely payment of wages been enforced, many of these workers would not have been forced to take desperate measures like walking thousands of kilometers back to their homes.
As the country is slowly emerging from the lockdown, the working citizens of this country are at their most vulnerable, facing threats of mass layoffs and firings with depleted reserves of cash and food. This is the time when they most need the protection of labour laws to ensure that they are not unduly exploited. PUCL is alarmed by the ordinances cleared by Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat cabinets, which would indiscriminately suspend all labour laws except a few basic ones, for close to three years. Notifications by the governments of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana have also suspended crucial portions of their labour legislations. We fear that these moves would force a large proportion of our population to inhuman servitude and destitution, and condemn them in no uncertain terms.

Labour Laws ensure basic living conditions for a large section of the population

Remuneration for Work
Employers are mandated by law to pay workers no less than the minimum wages in a timely manner, and also supplement the incomes of their low wage employees with yearly bonuses drawn from their profits. In addition, laws on gratuity ensure that at the end of employment, due to retirement, death or disablement, the employees or their families are compensated for the length of their service. Workers covered by Employee State Insurance are entitled to half of their monthly wages as unemployment benefits for a maximum of two years, and the Employees Provident Fund allows them access to a small fund at retirement, or during an emergency.
We would like to point out that in actuality only a small proportion of all workers are enrolled in ESI and EPF, even in industry notified under EPF. For example in the brick-kiln industry it is estimated that anywhere from 5-8 million workers do not get this benefit. Similar is the situation in relation to Gratuity and Bonus. The demand should be make these protections universal; instead these provisions are being suspended even for existing workers.
Most of the currently proposed labour law amendments guarantee only the minimum wages, and have suspended all other benefits. We note that Punjab has also rolled back its latest increase in minimum wage and other states may soon follow. UP and Gujarat propose to suspend gratuity, bonus, provident fund, and all other benefits, which are crucial to sustain the workers at this time. PUCL strongly opposes the move of these various governments to deprive workers of the protection of existing labour laws.

Working Hours
Factories Act mandates that working hours should be limited to 9 hours in one day, with a maximum of 48 hours per week. Any additional hours of work have to be compensated as overtime wages at twice the ordinary rate. A large number of states including Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have extended the workday to 12 hours per day, for the next 3 months, with no increase in the number of rest intervals. A majority of these states have also extended the workweek from 48 hours to a grueling 72 hours. PUCL is distressed to note that the states of Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh have exempted their industries from having to pay overtime wages for these extended work hours.
Extension of working hours also goes against the stated aim of these labour law amendments to increase overall employment, because they effectively incentivize the employers to employ fewer workers than required, and compel them to work for longer hours.
It should be recalled that the demand for limiting the working hours to 8-hours a day and 48 hours in a week originated during the Industrial Revolution in order to protect the workers’ health and safety by providing them with adequate amounts of rest and recuperation. Considering that the right to shorter working hours was the subject of the very first Convention of ILO ‘International Labour Standard (C001)’ adopted by the ILO and ratified by India, PUCL is alarmed to see the clock turn back more than 100 years of workers’ struggle. It is especially against the very requirement of health and immunity following Covid19; this is because simultaneous with the 12- hour work day, the rest time for the worker will now be available not after the first 4 hours, but after 6 hours of continuous work. This will have an adverse impact on health and emotional state of the workers. Also given the high increasing rate of unemployment, this will further limit the employment opportunities. The hours work should be reduced to six.

Health, Safety and Welfare of workers
Factories Act, Mines Act and Dockworkers Act are some of the labour laws that enjoin employers to protect the health and wellbeing of their workers. These laws provide for clean, ventilated and adequately lit working spaces with drinking water, and toilets. An employer is also expected to provide first aid facilities, sitting spaces and creches. These laws also mandate inspections for safety and health, safe disposal of hazardous materials, notifications of industrial accidents and occupational diseases.
As a pandemic rages in our country, and with a living memory of the Bhopal Gas Disaster and the recent Styrene gas leak causing death of 11 people and serious injuries to over 200 people in the LG Polymers India plant in Vishakapatnam on 7th May, 2020, it is obvious that these measures not only secure the health and safety of industrial workers, but also of entire communities.
PUCL is disappointed to note that Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat have stripped or suspended these laws at a time, when it is in the greater public interest to implement them with great vigour.

Grievance redressal machinery and the right to Collective Bargaining
The central Industrial Disputes Act and the state Industrial Relations Acts primarily protect workers from uncompensated lay-offs and retrenchments, unreasonable changes in their working conditions, unfair labour practices etc. They allow for a system of labour courts, industrial tribunals and arbitration boards where the workers can raise an industrial dispute relating to wages, working hours, conditions of work etc, and get their grievances redressed. The Trade Unions Act recognizes associations of workers to act as their representatives and enter into collective agreements with the employers.
In view of the announcements by several states of the suspension of these acts, PUCL points out that the institutions established by these acts are critical for the smooth functioning of the industry, and provide a mechanism for social dialogue between the workers and employers. This machinery is essential for ironing out the tensions between the labour and the management, without having to take recourse to the lengthy and expensive litigation, or acrimonious strikes and lock-outs.
The suspension of these crucial laws violates the basic provision of labour law of tripartite mechanism. We must remember that the highest level labour related bodies at National (Indian Labour Conference) and International (International Labour Organisation) level are tripartite in nature. This is no way can be compromised.

Worker Welfare
In addition to these, there are many other labour laws which afforded some protection to the most vulnerable category of workers, such as pregnant women, migrant workers, contract workers, manual scavengers, and those working in the beedi industry, in mines and in the unorganized sector, who are now also left open to exploitation by industry owners.

Diluting labour laws will not attract additional investment

The justification given by various governments that existing labour laws are a deterrence to investment by industry, and by extension, to the prosperity of the state, needs to be examined more critically. The notion that stringent labour laws are the primary impediments to investments in states is highly debatable – manufacturing industries depend on a complex set of factors such as reliability of infrastructure, access to credit, availability of skilled workers, good governance and freedom from corruption.

Several studies have shown that strong labour market institutions and social welfare legislation are necessary to reduce inequalities and encourage inclusive growth (1), and that high levels of inequality can retard growth in developing economies (2). Even the UN Trade and Development Report, 2019, warns governments against ‚promoting cuts to labour costs‛ as their ‚adjustment strategy of choice‛ when faced with economic downturns. Instead, the report encourages governments to adopt progressive fiscal arrangements, and expanded social insurance, among other measures for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (3). An increase in the average wage of the worker will drive domestic demand, fueling growth in the economy.
Suspension of Labour Laws is Unconstitutional & violates International Covenants
The new industry regime ushered in by these changes, where employers can pay rock-bottom wages, hire and fire workers at will, coerce them into working long hours each day, and prevent them from unionizing, goes against the very grain of our constitution, and is also in violation of many international conventions. Such precarious working conditions are clearly violative of Article 21, the fundamental right of workers to live with dignity, as held by J Bhagwati in the `People’s Union for Democratic Rights v. Union of India’ (1982) (4) case.
The Supreme Court has held that Article 21 also encompasses the ‚protection of health and strength of workers and just and humane conditions of work. (5)
The rights of workers to non-discrimination, a living wage, safe and humane working conditions, and a decent standard of life and full enjoyment of leisure and social and cultural opportunities, is also enshrined in our Constitution through Directive Principles of State Policy (6).

The right to form trade unions and engage in collective bargaining is protected by Article 19(1)(c), which guarantees all citizens the right to form associations or unions for a lawful purpose. It is also a fundamental human right recognized by the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, 1948, enabling the effective participation of workers in economic and social policy.

PUCL strongly objects to the dilution of labour laws, the bulwarks of our legislative edifice against exploitative and extractive labour practices, as a strategy to kick-start economy. We demand that the President send back the UP and Gujarat state ordinances to the respective states. We further demand that the states of Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh revoke their notifications amending the Factory Act, Industrial Disputes Act and related acts. Vast sections of our working population are better served by a caring government that watches out for their rights as workers, assuring them secure jobs which meet their basic needs, rather than one that merely treats them as fodder for the ruthless engine of industry.

PUCL wishes to emphasise that the purpose for India’s industrialization and development cannot be to ensure profit for international companies, at the cost of the dignity, well-being and liberty of India’s working class people. The aim of India’s development must be for creation of sustainable growth with high levels of employment for the working age population and good quality of living for all people living in India. What is required is universal application of laws with adequate provisions of effective enforcement, transparency and monitoring, within tripartite frame.

PUCL gives a call to all concerned citizens of India to rise up as one to oppose the dilution of labour law changes proposed by the Governments of UP, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.

On Behalf of PUCL:

Shalini Gera, Kavita Srivastava, Mihir Desai, Sanjay Parikh, ND Pancholi, D. Nagasaila, Rohit Prajapati, Seema Azad , R. Murali, YJ Rajendra, Lara Jesani, Arjun Sheoran, Ravikiran Jain, V. Suresh.

Mr. Ravi Kiran Jain,
President, PUCL

Dr. V. Suresh,
Gen. Secy, PUCL

1 Labour Markets, Institutions and Inequality – Building Just Societies in the 21st Century, edited by Janine Berg, ILO, 2015
2 Inequality, Growth, and Investment, Robert J. Barro, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Paper No. 7038, Issued in March 1999
3 Trade and Development Report 2019: Financing a Global Green New Deal, United National Conference on Trade and Development
4 AIR 1982 SC 1473
5 Occupation Health and Safety Association of India v Union of India (2014) 3 SCC 547
6 Articles 39, 42 and 43

COVID Lockdown | A writ Petition by PUCL and High Court Orders

April 15, 2020 by · Comments Off on COVID Lockdown | A writ Petition by PUCL and High Court Orders
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Documents related to PUCL’s writ petition in the High Court of Karnataka pertaining to the COVID 19 Lockdown

Letter from PUCL-K to the CJ of Karnataka is here

Order dated 26 March is here

Order dated 30 March is here

Order dated 3 April is here

Order dated 7 April is here

Order dated 9 April is here

Order dated 13 April is here

Press Release | Status of implementation of the food security schemes and old-age pension scheme in Karnataka

April 15, 2020 by · Comments Off on Press Release | Status of implementation of the food security schemes and old-age pension scheme in Karnataka
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  • PUCL feedback report on the status of implementation of the food security shemes and old age pension scheme in Karnataka shows several gaps
  • Government needs to address these gaps immediately , else issue of malnutrition will become worse

This to bring to the kind notice media with reference to the Writ Petition No. 6435 of 2020 (PIL) and Connected Petitions, the Hon’ble Court had directed the PUCL to get feedback from its volunteers about the implementation of what is stated in Clauses (i) and (ii) of para 20 of the compliance submission filed by the State Government, which pertain to ensuring provision of nutritious food to children, adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers, and the implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013. Food security for children, pregnant women, lactating mothers and adolescent girls derives from Article 21 as also specifically from sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 24, 30 and 32 of the National Food Security Act, 2013. A consolidated report on the above is attached to this mail for your kind information.

As per the directions of this Hon’ble Court, PUCL has requested its members as also other civil society organisations to assist in this task, consequence of which a rapid assessment seeking details of provision of entitlements covering 3 fields broadly – by Anganwadi centres, through the mid day meal scheme and through the Public Distribution System has been collected from 80 villages and cities across 20 districts, which is attached as Annexure – 1 for your information

Also the PUCL requested AIKYATHA, which spearheads a campaign for dignity to senior citizens to ascertain whether the senior citizens who are beneficiaries of one of the social security pensions have actually received the same. A copy of brief report prepared by them is also attached as Annexure – 2 for your kind information.

The report highlights gaps in the delivery of the schemes such as Anganwadis, Mid-day Meals, PDS system and senior citizen pensions.
While the food schemes themselves are functional and most people have received some sort of ration , it is not complete and importantly it will not last till the end of any extyended lockdown. Worrying children whoa re malnourished have not got the additional nutrition they need. Karnataka’s children already face a huge malnutrition problem. It may become worse because of the lockdown.

PUCL urge the government take appropriate action to ensure that all the beneficiaries get the full amount of food they are entitled too is required. Else, the health of the poor and marginalised will be severely affected.

1. Children between 0- 6 years – Of the 80 villages/localities, anganwadi centres in 10 areas have not yet provided rations for children between the ages of 0-6 years. In the remaining, some ration ahs been provided but not the full qyanityt. The mandatory egg and milk has not been provided. Worryingly None of the respondents have found any attention being given the additional nutritional and health needs of children who have been identified as malnourished, which is a glaring omission

2. Pregnant women and lactating mothers – Some amount of ration is being provided in 75% of the surveyed areas only. Even with the 75%, they are not receiving the full amount

3. Adolescent girls – Shockingly, Only 13.75% of respondents stated that this was being provided. Shockingly, a large number of respondents said that adolescent girls had not received rations from anganwadi centres for quite a while

Public Distribution System
The PDS shops are distributing extra rice and wheat as thje government had announced, but there are several issues, such as –
Only rice and wheat is being distributed and no Dal, even though the central government announced that Dal would be distributed.
Access Issues remain : 10 of the respondents stated that shops are not ope, 5 respondents stated that shops were open but not providing ration ; Ration shop owners insisted on aaadhaar and OTP verification even though government said it is not mandatory ; Ration Shop owners force people to buy other times that they sell too

Mid-day meals
Delivery of rations to students under the mid-day meal scheme appeared to be more operational, with only 9 of the 80 surveyed areas reporting that rations through mid day meal schemes were not provided. The rations appear to have been given on various dates from mid-March onwards, with varying amounts of rations (with a rice base of between 1 – 3 kg) being provided.

Senior Citizens Pensions
This rapid survey has found that senior citizens are facing immense difficulties. Most Senior Citizens, who are dependent on pensions, do not have phones and, even prior to the lockdown had to make repeated trips to the Post Office/Banks to inquire if their pensions was deposited. The current crisis caused by Covid19 and the lockdown, has aggravated their situation unimaginably. They are the most vulnerable to Covid-19 due to their age and many pre-existing health conditions. Thus their movement is restricted, and their children or grandchildren too find it difficult to the bank/post offices repeatedly to verify their account due to movement restrictions. Importantly, the survey reveals that most have received pensions only for the month of January and February 2020 and are not sure whether the pension for March is deposited.
The copy of the momo submitted to High Court along with Annexures attached for your kind information.

Therefore, PUCL request you to cover the news in your esteemed newspaper.

Your Sincerely,
Prof. Y J Rajendra
President, PUCL –Karnataka


Annexure – 1 AWC-MDM Survey Data conducted by PUCL (1)

Annexure – 2 Old Age Pensions Memo report on Supply of rations and senior citizens submitted to HC K

Press _Release_2020_Covid_schemes

Memo report on Supply of rations and senior citizens submitted to HC K

Fact-Finding Report | Extra-judicial killings of 4 suspected Maoists at Attapaddi, Kerala

December 14, 2019 by · Comments Off on Fact-Finding Report | Extra-judicial killings of 4 suspected Maoists at Attapaddi, Kerala
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Read the full fact-finding report here

On 28th October 2019 and 29th October 2019 at the forest areas at Attapaddi, Palakkad district, the Thunderbolt which is the special wing of the Kerala police “encountered” four persons who they have termed as belonging to the Communist Party of India (Maoists).

As per the police, 3 persons were killed on 28th October during cross-firing, and one person was killed on 29th October 2019 at the same spot. The Government has claimed that they have been shot in cross-firing.

Read the full fact-finding report here

Production Torture – Working conditions faced by garment workers

June 5, 2019 by · Comments Off on Production Torture – Working conditions faced by garment workers
Filed under: Human Rights, Report 

Production Torture is a study of the working conditions, including workplace harassment, faced by women garment workers in Bangalore and other districts.

This study is published by:

  • PUCL – K
  • Vimochana
  • The Alternative Law Forum
  • Concern – IISc
  • Manthan Law
  • Garments Mahila Karmikara Munnade

Production Torture
A telling phrase from English innovated by garment workers to articulate their daily experiences of the Government Factory.

In response to the widespread complaints about abusive conditions faced by women workers in the garment industry in Bangalore, a number of human rights organizations and activists, came together to institute a joint fact-finding inquiry to go into such abuses and their deleterious impact on the workers, and suggest measures for redress of complaints by state, brand buyer agencies, and other bodies.

As part of this study, 27 interviews and 8 focus group discussions with women garment workers and men garment workers — each of which discussions comprised not less than 20-25 workers — were undertaken. The conversations during the interviews and focus group discussions revealed various forms of violations and harassments that the garment workers are subjected to. Almost all conversations were unanimous in pointing to the impossible targets set for the workers per day as the primary source of most forms of harassment. they faced.

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