• India has significant human rights problems despite making commitments to tackle some of the most prevalent abuses. There are increased restrictions on Internet freedom; continued marginalization of Dalits, tribal groups, religious minorities, sexual and gender minorities, and people with disabilities; and persistent impunity for abuses linked to insurgencies, particularly in Maoist areas, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, and Assam. Many children remain at risk of abuse and deprived of education. India’s free media, vibrant civil society, and independent judiciary often act as checks on abusive practices but reluctance to hold public officials to account for abuses or dereliction of duty fosters a culture of corruption and impunity. India continues to use laws to stifle dissent by restricting access to foreign funding for domestic nongovernmental organizations that are critical of the government.
  • A cook serves the free mid-day meal in a government-run primary school in a village in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.
    School authorities in India persistently discriminate against children from marginalized communities, denying them their right to education.

Reports

India

  • Apr 22, 2014
    School authorities in India persistently discriminate against children from marginalized communities, denying them their right to education.
  • Apr 22, 2014
    Over 40 percent of India’s children drop out of school before finishing 8th grade, despite a recent law designed to provide free and compulsory elementary education for all. Most students who quit school are from the lowest rungs of Indian society. A new Human Rights Watch report, “They Say We’re Dirty,” shows that discrimination by teachers and school officials fail to provide a welcoming and child-friendly school environment for these children. India researcher Jayshree Bajoria talks with Amy Braunschweiger about the consequences of persistent discrimination and what needs to change to keep these kids in school.
  • Apr 4, 2014
    As you know, India—like many other countries in the world—is home to a diverse set of religious and ethnic groups. On most days and in most places, members of these diverse groups enjoy their basic civil and political rights, and freedom to pursue their beliefs.
  • Mar 25, 2014
    Maoist insurgents and government security forces in India should respect children’s safety and right to education by keeping schools off-limits in the weeks before the April and May 2014 national elections, Human Rights Watch said today. The Maoists, also known as “Naxalites,” should cease all attacks on schools. Government security forces should not occupy schools as barracks or bases, which puts children at risk.
  • Feb 21, 2014
    Millions of Indians suffering chronic pain will get better access to pain medicines following changes in India’s drug law, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Jan 24, 2014
    An Indian army court of inquiry’s dismissal of all charges against five officers for the high-profile killing of civilians in Jammu and Kashmir state demonstrates the military’s continuing impunity for serious abuses.
  • Jan 24, 2014
    Sheikh Hasina Wajed has taken over as Prime Minister of Bangladesh for a second term after an extraordinary election that was boycotted by the primary Opposition.
  • Jan 21, 2014
    The Indian government’s inability to protect women and children from rape and sexual violence undermines its commitment to uphold the rights of all Indians.
  • Jan 18, 2014
  • Jan 17, 2014
    Indian authorities in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh should immediately stop evicting people from camps who fled communal violence in September 2013.