Forced To Flee India, NE Women Gets International Award For Human Rights

The Logical Indian Crew India

October 6th, 2018 / 6:02 PM

Binalakshmi Nepram

Image Credits: RAWinWar/ Twitter

Binalakshmi Nepram, an activist fighting for rights of women suffering due to violence in Northeast India is one of the two winners of the annual Reach All Women in WAR (RAW in WAR) Anna Politkovskaya Award. She would be sharing this award with Svetlana Alexievich, who is an investigative journalist from Belarus. Binalakshmi is the second Indian after Gauri Lankesh, the late journalist to receive this award. Gauri had received this award in 2017.

 

According to NDTV, Binalakshmi is the co-founder of India’s first civil society organisation to work on disarmament and to oppose growing militarisation, the Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI). She also founded the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network. This organisation has helped more than 20,000 women deal with decades of armed conflicts and ethnic violence in the Manipur on the border with Myanmar.

Nepram left India in 2017 after receiving death threats and since then has been residing in the USA. As reported by Northeast Now, Nepram, on receiving the award, said, “I thank the organization, Reach All Women in War (RAW in WAR) and the distinguished jury for choosing to give us/me this honour, along with the noted writer and journalist, Svetlana Alexievich, from Belarus, who was also the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize winner in Literature. I receive this honour wholeheartedly, on behalf of the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, Control Arms Foundation of India and the Northeast India Women Initiative for Peace.”

What is RAW-WAR?

Anna Politkovskaya was a Russian journalist and activist. She was murdered in 2006, two days before she was to expose Chechnyan Prime Minister, according to Independent. The 48-year-old journalist was assassinated in the lobby of her apartment in Moscow.

In her memory, the Reach All Women presents Anna Politkovskaya award every year to the activists who stand up for women rights at personal risk.

In the eleven years of existence, the award had been received by only two Indians, Nepram being the second one.

Other honours

Binalakshmi Nepram has received other awards for her work as well. One of them being,  Sean MacBride Peace Prize. The award is given by a Geneva-based organisation called the International Peace Bureau.

Another such award won by Binalakshmi Nepram is the CNN-IBN Real Heroes award in 2011. According to a report by E-Pao, Nepram was among the 24 activists to receive the award in Mumbai in the women welfare category.

The Logical Indian take

The Logical Indian salutes such activists who work for the goodwill of certain groups of the society without considering the risks involved in their lives. It is quite sad that such activists are in a constant risk of getting murdered and thus have to live in exile. Activists speaking their heart in our country face not just criticism but also threats to life and there should be steps taken to curb the same. The Logical Indian team congratulates Binalakshmi Nepram for her extraordinary efforts put in for the rights of women.

 

Also Read: 14 -Year-Old Boy From Manipur to Represent North Eastern India At The UN Assembly.


Contributors

Written by : Akanksha Kashyap (Student, IIJNM)

Edited by : Shraddha Goled

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Man Accused Of Robbing Paraded Naked By Delhi Police After He Allegedly Tried To Flee In Towel

Kathua Rape Victim’s Family Forced To Flee From Village After A Call Of Protest

Kerala: Fake Photos And Audio Clips Of Attack On Migrant Workers Go Viral On Whatsapp Creating Fear, 400 Flee State

1,25,000 Rohingyas Flee Myanmar As Violence Escalates: All You Need To Know

UN Human Right Review

All You Need To Know About UN Human Rights Review Where Countries Questioned India’s Human Rights Record

2 Indians Bag Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Award In BBC Wildlife Photographer Award

Latest on The Logical Indian

Get Inspired

A Classroom In Varanasi Railway Station Is Instilling The Light Of Education Among Slum Kids

News

#Metoo: Anti-Rape Crusader In The Kathua Case, Talib Hussain, Accused Of Raping Multiple Women

Awareness

Rs 11,000 Cr Loan Sanctioned Under PM Modi’s Flagship MUDRA Scheme Turns Into Bad Loan

News

Amritsar Tragedy: Woman Saves 10-Month-Old Baby Flung Into Air Moments Before The Train Hit His Father

Get Inspired

Pune: 14-Yr-Old Girl Puts School Peon Behind Bars Who Molested And Forced Girls To Watch Porn

Awareness

How Recycling Waste Flowers Gave These Dalit Women Dignity Of Labour

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.