has done pioneering work in human rights' says India Centre
The People's Union
for Civil Liberties (PUCL) is an NGO with branches all over India which
has done pioneering work in Human Rights and Law, strived to protect and
build a civil society and advanced the cause of the rights and liberties
of the Indian citizen against a state that is becoming increasingly authoritarian
and indifferent to the plight of its citizens.
Most recently, they have filed a petition
in the Supreme Court which demands the right to food for Indian citizens,
and asks whether the State has the responsibility to prevent the occurrence
of starvation deaths, which have become so rampant in the third consecutive
year of famine and drought.
Unlike other NGOs, the PUCL has not shied away from taking on the authorities
and knocking at the doors of the judiciary for redress and succor. However,
neither have they turned a blind eye to the problems inherent in our judicial
system. Recently two of PUCL's advocates from Chennai, Suresh and Vasu,
have formed a group called 'Lawyers against Corruption' and taken up the
issue of corruption in the Madras High Court. The judiciary responded
by slapping charges of Contempt of Court on them. These advocates are
now in Bombay and are holding a public meeting entitled 'Accountability
and Transparency in the Judicial System: Struggle of Lawyers in the Madras
High Court' at the YMCA Colaba at 4.30 pm on 24 May 2001. During this
meeting they will be producing and distributing documentary evidence supporting
their contention about corruption in the Madras High Court.