Round Table India / By Degree Prasad Chouhan
The state is continuously trying to establish a fake connection between naxals and me. I have been targeted by the state and non-state actors because of my sustained activism and my work against the feudal society, where the marginalized communities are suppressed and evicted, deprived of their human rights. This is branding and stigmatisation of Human Rights Defenders in India.
Statement by Frontline Defenders
Following the arrest of human rights defender Sudha Bharadwaj and four others on 26 October 2018, there is an imminent threat of false charges being brought against Dalit activist and human rights defender, Degree Prasad Chouhan. The police have already implicated the defender by name in a fake letter produced by them on 31 August 2018, which they claim was written by advocate Sudha Bharadwaj. There is a clear attempt by the police to smear the human rights defender as a Maoist militant and draw a false link between Degree Prasad Chouhan and the Bhima Koregaon violence which took place in January 2018.
The Wire / By Sukanya Shantha
According to Degree Prasad Chouhan, the recent arrests of activists is part of a much larger conspiracy to stifle on-ground movements that have been gaining momentum over the years.