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Situation of the Indigenous Peoples in India – Annual Report 2021

There are 104.3 million Scheduled Tribes, also called tribal or Adivasi, who are the indigenous peoples of India, constituting 8.6% of the country’s total population. 90% of them live in rural areas without access to basic facilities and the COVID-19 pandemic has made their situation worst. In the largest democracy which India is, the Scheduled …

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IRAC Impact: NHRC summons Jharkhand Chief Secretary over starvation of tribals

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)  has summoned the Jharkhand Chief Secretary and the District Magistrate of Garhwa district to personally appear before the Commission on 29 June 2022 over non-submission of reports relating to starvation of about 8,000 tribals in Garhwa district. In October 2021, it was reported in the media that some 8,000 …

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Custodial death of Kuravar tribal man in Tamil Nadu

On April 27, 2022, K. Thangamani (47),a tribal belonging to the Kuravar community, died in judicial custody due to alleged police torture in Tiruvannamalai district, Tamil Nadu. A resident of Thattaranai village under Perunkolathur village panchayat in Thandarampattu block in Tiruvannamalai district, Thangamani was picked up from his house around 9.30 a.m. on April 26, …

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Kidnapping and killing of two tribal villagers by the Maoists in Maharashtra

On 14 April 2022, two tribal villagers namely Dalsu Hichami and Ashok Naroti were kidnapped and killed by the Maoists in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. According to media reports, the victims, who were in their 20s, were kidnapped from their homes on the night of 13 April 2022. While Hichami was murdered at Jharewada, Naroti’s …

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Torture and humiliation of tribal youth by the police in Telangana

On the night of March 23, 2022, Madavi Nagaraju (19 years) who was earlier tortured and humiliated by the police on March 10, 2022  has attempted suicide and died in hospital in Karimnagar in Nirmal district of Telangana. The deceased belonged to Munyalavillage in Dasturabadmandalin Nirmal district, Telangana. IRAC has taken strong note of a …

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Custodial torture of Adivasi farmer by police official in Jharkhand

On the intervening night of 23-24 February 2022, a 42-year-old Adivasi farmer named Anil Kumar Singh was brutally tortured by Ranjit Kumar Yadav, in-charge of Garu police station in Latehar district of Jharkhand. The victim is a resident of Kuku village under Garu police station in Latehar district of Jharkhand. According to the victim, Anil …

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Killing of Kapil Majhi  by Maoists on the suspicion of being a police informant in Odisha

On 14 February 2022, a 32-year-old tribal man identified as Kapil Majhi  was killed by the Maoists on the suspicion of being a police informant at Upargumu village in Bhandrangi panchayat under Belgharpolice station in Kandhamal district of Odisha. On 14 February 2022, a group of armed Maoists reportedly dragged Kapil Majhi out of his …

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Starvation of 33 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) families due to denial of ration in Jharkhand

On February 8, 2022 the Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) has moved the NHRC against denial of food ration to 33 tribal families belonging to Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) at Hesatu village under Tehri panchayat of Bargarh block in Garhwa district of Jharkhand for the last 15 months. Reportedly, the impoverished tribals are on …

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Forced eviction of 45 Bodo tribal families by the forest department in Guwahati city of Assam

On January 31, 2022, 45 Bodo tribal families comprising of around 300 persons were forcibly evicted y the forest department from Nalpara area in Gorchuk in Guwahati city of Assam. The forest staff under the leadership of forest beat officer of Fatasil reportedly vandalized their houses damaging properties and evicted them without prior notice on …

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Assault and setting on fire of a tribal woman on suspicion of ‘witchcraft’ in Jharkhand

On January 12, 2022, a tribal woman identified as Jhario Devi (60 years)  was assaulted and set on fire on suspicion of practising ‘witchcraft’ at Kudpaani Deepatoli village in Simdega district of Jharkhand. On January 12, Jhario Devi along with her husband Karmu Badaik had gone to attend a sraddha (ritual held after death) ceremony …

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