Full-day legal workshops were conducted by Popular Front of India in five different districts of Assam as part of a week long campaign.
This initiative was taken by the organisation in the context of large scale NRC exclusions and mounting incidents of police atrocities in the state.
19.06 lakhs people were excluded from the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) published in Assam on 31 August 2019.
During the NRC process the weaker sections and Muslims were harassed by the police indiscriminately.
They were deprived of basic rights and constitutional guarantees.
Even after the publishing of final list of NRC, it was not stopped.
Three Muslim women were stripped off in a police outpost at Darrang district last month and the baby of a pregnant woman was miscarriaged due to the police torture.
In many cases, it was usual that the victims and people at large were not aware of their rights and the available legal steps and remedies.
In this situation, it is mandatory to instill the confidence among people about their rights to stop the police excesses especially against minorities in Assam.
Hence Popular Front of India has decided continuous legal awareness drive across Assam.
As the first step, preparatory workshops for the leaders and selected activists were held at Karimganj, Guwahati, Barpeta Road, Goalpara and Kamrup from October 7 to 11.
Popular Front National Executive Council member Adv. A. Mohamed Yusuff, Assam State Vice-President Abushama and Adv. Jinna Amir Hussain of Goalpara delivered lecture on different legal topics.
Constitution of India, fundamental fights, Indian legal system, legal defense, rights of arrested persons, guidelines of Supreme Court to the police personnel for carrying out the arrest and interrogation, writing complaints and petitions, Right To Information Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and its amendments, National Investigation Agency (NIA), Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 (UDHR), Human Rights (Protection) Act, 1993 and how to approach the Human Rights Commissions (NHRC & SHRC) and its allied bodies, were taught in the workshop.
State President Aminul Haque, General Secretary Hafiz Rafiqul Islam, State Committee members Ayenuddin and Basir Ahmed also addressed the workshops.
The publication of NHRC in Bengali language "Guidelines for Police Personnel on Various Human Rights Issues" was printed by the workshop organising committee as a pocket-size booklet and distributed among the participants.
A total of 425 leaders at various levels from Local Unit to District and the Special invitees from differant parts of Assam such as Barak Valley East and West districts, Nagaon, Udalguri, Darrang, Baksha, Barpeta, Dhubri, Bhilashipara, Chirang, Goalpara Town, Lakhipur, Padupara, Dhupdhara, Sutarpara, Tupamari, Nagarbera, Alopati, Baghmara, Goraimari, Palahartari, Kasumara and Malibari attended the workshop.
NRC Appeal Booklet
A booklet "Guidelines for Filing the NRC Appeal" prepared by NCHRO D' Voters Legal Aid Committee Convener Adv. A. R. Sikdar (Guwahati High Court) was printed by the National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO) in Assamese language. These booklets were also supplied to the workshop participants.