On the International Human Rights Day on 10 December, 2011 Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC) conducted a programme to felicitate the survivors of torture and organized violence (TOV) at Banga Bhawan, Silchar (Assam) as a part of the therapeutic intervention. The felicitation programme was a joint event with a public discussion on the human rights situation in Barak valley and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights conducted to observe the International Human Rights Day. 14 survivors were ceremonially honored by the eminent persons of the valley. The event was chaired by Mr. Manindra Sankar Gupta, chairperson of BHRPC.
At the outset Mr. Sadique Mohammed Laskar, joint secretary of BHRPC introduced the audience with the concept and methodology of testimonial therapy and its effectiveness in the fight against torture.
A printed booklet containing the Bengali translation of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights was distributed among the audience. Mr. Neharul Ahmed Mazumder (Secretary General of BHRPC) elaborated some parts of the UDHR and informed the audience about various laws against torture. He added that democracy is possible only in a torture free environment. Mr. Imad Uddin Bulbul emphasized on the fact that BHRPC was working to makeBarakValleyfree from all forms of torture and ill treatment.
Mr. Faruk Ahmed Barbhuiya, member of BHRPC read the testimony of Mr. Ranjit Roy who was the victim of torture by the personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Mr. Ranjit Roy is a shopkeeper who survived from the jaws of death. Mr. Roy was called upon the stage and honored with garlands and Uttaria (Shawl), at the same time slogans against torture as well as slogans hailing Mr. Roy’s struggle for justice raised in the hall. Mr. Imad Uddin Bulbul handed over the beautifully printed testimony to Mr. Ranjit Roy. The hall was filled with claps and slogans. Ranjit also delivered a short speech.
Mr. Nehar Uddin’s testimony was read by Mr. Mrinal Kanti Shome. He was tortured by his neighbours and lost his mental and physical strength. His wife was also raped. He was a day labourer and a very poor person. However, the police was allegedly negligent to their complaint. His wife’s testimony was read earlier in private. Both of them were honoured with garlands and Shawls. Their testimonies were handed over by Mr. Manindra Sankar Gupta and Ms Bithika Acharya. The hall filled with the loud sounds of claps and slogans.
Mr. Hussain Ahmed Laskar, a poor mason apprentice, was tortured by the personnel of the Indian Army in front of his family members and in Army camp. Hussain lost his physical and mental strength. His testimony was read by Asab Uddin Barlaskar and thereafter he was called upon on the stage and honored. His testimony was handed over by Mr. Abid Raja Majumder.
Mr. Choudhury Charan Gorh, an activist who was tortured by an organized group of miscreants for protesting against corruption. His testimony was read by Aftabur Rahman and was handed over by Mr Abid Raja Majumder.
Mr. Nurul Alom Laskar, a driver by work, was tortured by the CRPF personnel. His testimony was read by Miss Sarmila Singha and was handed over by Mr Mujammil Ali Laskar.
Mr. Ataur Rahman Majumder, a teacher, was tortured by the Indian Army personnel. His testimony was read by Miss Nasim Akhtar Majumder and was handed over by Mr Mujammil Ali Laskar.
Mr. Surman Ali Laskar, a farmer, was tortured by the Indian Army personnel. His testimony was read by Miss Perbin Sultana and was handed over by Mr. Makabbir Ali Barbhuiya.
Mr. Riaz Uddin Choudhury was tortured by the Indian Army personnel. His testimony was read by Mr. Najir Hussain Laskar and was handed over by Ms Bithika Acharya.
Mr. Raju Kar was tortured by the Indian Army personnel. His testimony was read by Mr. Biswajit Das and was handed over by Mr Imad Uddin Bulbul.
Mr. Alom Hussain Barbhuiya, a businessman, was tortured by the Indian Army personnel. His testimony was read by Mr. Abdul Wakil and was handed over by Mr Shourindra Kumar Bhattacharya.
Mr. Sams Uddin Laskar, a student, was tortured by the Indian Army personnel. His testimony was read by Mr. Snigdha Nath and was handed over by Mr Manindra Sankar Gupta.
Mrs. Kimati Rani Das a housewife and a victim of domestic violence by her in-laws. Her testimony was handed over by Ms Bithika Acharya.
Mr. Shyamendra Malakar, a victim of torture by organized group of miscreants nurtured by the political bigwigs and hence allegedly backed by the police, was also felicitated.
Each of them was called upon the stage and honoured with garland and Shawl. The audience loaded the hall with the sounds of claps and slogans.
Miss Mina Begum a victim already honoured delivered a short speech describing how she came out of trauma by testimony therapy. Some eminent persons and activists delivered speeches on various aspects of human rights and the works of BHRPC.
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