Challenge the Darkness for the [Unheard] Voices of Punjab

03.jpgThis week, Ensaaf launched their Challenge the Darkness campaign. The aim of the campaign is to remember human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalraand bring awareness to the mass state crimes committed in Punjab, India from 1984 to 1995. At the end of the month, Ensaaf and the Khalra Mission Organisation will participate in a series of events to remember Khalra’s abduction, torture, illegal detention, and murder. We’ll update you on these events as information comes our way.

Post-1984 memory is often forgotten and yet hundreds of thousands of human rights abuses have been documented in Punjab during the 1984 to 1995 period when the Indian government ordered counterinsurgency operations that led to the detention, torture and enforced disappearance of thousands of Sikhs. Police abducted young Sikh men on suspicion that they were involved in militancy, often in the presence of witnesses, yet later denied having them in custody. See the Human Rights Watch Photo Essay here.

Director General of Police KPS Gill expanded upon a system of rewards and incentives for police to capture and kill militants, leading to a dramatic increase in disappearances and extrajudicial executions. By the end of the “Decade of Disappearances” in 1995, security forces had disappeared or killed tens of thousands of Sikhs. In order to cover up their crimes, Punjab security forces illegally detained, tortured, and killed human rights defenders such as Jaswant Singh Khalra and Sukhwinder Singh Bhatti, as well as secretly cremated thousands of victims of extrajudicial executions. [via Ensaaf]

In September 1995, Punjab police abducted human rights defender Jaswant Singh Khalra from his home for his discovery of thousands of illegal killings and secret cremations by the Punjab police. At the end of this post, you can view two videos depicting the events leading up to and of his disappearance.

295704_10100459913506450_929250_56227309_1677065373_n.jpgThe defense of human rights and upholding the rights of the oppressed is a fundamental principle of Sikhi and of all advocates of humanity, so please join Ensaaf’s efforts to Challenge the Darkness. Here’s how you can be involved:

  • Like the Ensaafand Khalra Mission OrganizationFacebook pages and help the organization reach2,059 fans the number of secret cremations recognized by the Indian government in one district in Punjab, based on Khalra’s work.
  • Make thisimageyour Facebook and Twitterprofile picture. Send the image to your friends to share your awareness and knowledge of Khalra’s work and the ongoing human rights violations committed in Punjab.
  • Learn more aboutKhalra’s workand themass state crimesin Punjab.
  • Watch videos to learn more on Ensaaf’s YouTube channel.
  • Finally, help by making adonationto Ensaaf. Throughout this campaign, a philanthropist will match each dollar donated.

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6 Responses to “Challenge the Darkness for the [Unheard] Voices of Punjab”

  1. Rajinder Sharma says:

    [Edited by Admin – we won’t let you distract this thread with your own agenda]

  2. Justsomesikh says:

    I’m curious to know why these human rights abuses aren’t discussed more in the Sikh community? I personally wasn’t aware of the extent of these abuses.

  3. Blighty Singh says:

    Bibi Gurjeet Kaur. All 5 of her sons murdered by India. She and her daughter spent countless years being tortured in jail. All, for being Gursikhs. And now ?………she spends the rest of her life begging for atta to make roti, while not one of her shaheed sons has even had an akhand path in their memory, through lack of funds. There are many many Bibi Gurjeet Kaurs.
    And why ? ("I'm curious to know why these human rights abuses aren't discussed more in the Sikh community?") Because, when we're not busy prancing up and down to bhangra like performing monkeys in order to give entertainment to Indians……We're busy spending enough money on parties and weddings to support thousands of shaheed families.
    It is not for nothing that Bollywood portrays us as bufoons. Their thinking is based on a fundamental truth.

  4. @sjsrana says:

    INJUSTICE anywhere is a threat to justice EVERYWHERE!

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