‘One man in India has defied threats, arrests, raids and a bombing to carry on fighting against brutality and injustice.’- Amnesty International (can be cited at http://www.amnesty.org/en/50/inspirational-stories/kirity-roy)
Kirity Roy started out as a young political activist in West Bengal, India. He has since spent decades exposing human rights abuses and fighting injustice. His work has sometimes come at a great personal cost. But he has also won many battles.
His activism has come at a cost. In 1994, his house was bombed by the police, and his wife and son were threatened. Kirity has been arrested several times. He has been arrested for observing Human Rights Day, and in 2008 the police raided the offices of the human rights organization of which he is now Secretary, Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM).
When the anti-terrorist police arrested him for campaigning against torture in 2010, the time had come for someone to speak out on Kirity’s behalf. Amnesty International issued a public statement in support of Mr. Kirity Roy.
Some examples of Kirity Roy’s work:
Kirity Roy has taken legal action against the authorities several times. In 1997, the police − backed by an influential building developer − ransacked a hospital established by marginal workers who were locked out of their factory. He took legal action against the police, the matter was referred to the West Bengal Human Rights Commission, and the police officers were found guilty.
Another case involved a casual worker at a jute mill who was abducted by the police, tortured and disappeared. “There was an outcry and, as a result of my enquiries, criminal proceedings were started against the police.” In 2008, he defended the rights of more than 6,000 scavengers living in extreme poverty on a municipal dump, who faced forced eviction without any compensation.
Kirity Roy is now the Secretary of Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) and working as the National Convenor of Programme Against Custodial Torture & Impunity (PACTI). Recently MASUM exposed India’s Border Security Force (BSF) torture. As a result of that eight guards of India’s Border Security Force (BSF) have been suspended. However Mr. Kirity Roy believes that this is not a sign that human rights violations are being addressed. So, he continues his fighting against human rights violation in India.Hint to use Comments / Hinweis zur Kommentarnutzung You can use your Twitter- or Facebookaccount to comment on this Page Du kannst Deinen Twitter- oder Facebook-Account verwenden, um auf dieser Seite zu kommentieren