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Pavitri Manjhi

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Pavitri Manjhi
Born
NationalityIndian
OccupationSarpanch of Bhengari village, Chhattisgarh

Pavitri Manjhi is a human rights activist and the sarpanch of Bhengari Village in Chhattisgarh. She was given the Chingari Award in 2016 for contributions to the struggle for Adivasi land rights.[1]

Activism[edit | edit source]

Pavitri Manjhi is an Indigenous human rights activist from Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh. She was elected as the Sarpanch of Bhengari village in 2012.[2] She has been in forefront contesting the issue of unlawful land dispossession in and around her village.[3] Pavitri Manjhi and other activists set up the Adivasi Dalit Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh in 2017, a community group that supports individuals to file formal complaints in line with the provisions of India, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 a special law to protect Dalit and Adivasi rights that criminalizes the dispossession of Adivasi land without their consent [2][4]

Threats and intimidation[edit | edit source]

Pavitri Manjhi has alleged that officials from TRN Energy threatened her with dire consequences for not giving an NoC (No Objection Certificate) on behalf of the gram sabha. Her sons have been allegedly framed in false cases in 2014.[3] When she complained against TRN Energy cordoning off her land to the district officials, TRN Energy gave her death threats and the police refused to file an FIR.[5][6]

Awards[edit | edit source]

In 2016, the Chingari Trust, an NGO located in Bhopal, presented the "Chingari Award” to Manjhi and five other activists for protesting against corporate crime and defending Adivasi land rights.[2][1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "This year's Chingari award goes to Chhattisgarhi women". The Pioneer. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "India: Pavitri Manjhi, Women Human Rights Defender in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, working against illegal Adivasi land dispossession". UNDRIP 10th ANNIVERSARY. Amnesty International. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kumar, Akanksha (7 March 2017). "Amid land grab charges, Raigarh Tribals Renew Fight for Fair Deal". The Quint. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  4. Alam, Mahtab (15 June 2017). "Give us back our land: More than 80 Adivasis file complaints against forced land acquisition in Raigarh". CatchNews.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  5. "Newly amended SC/ST Prevention of Atrocity Act fails to bring justice to land grab victims in Chhattisgarh". Down to Earth. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  6. "Harassed for protecting her land". Amnesty International Australia.


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