[act-ma] 4/25 Vrinda Grover: Taming citizens, quarantining rights: India and COVID-19 Webinar

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Thu Apr 23 04:13:40 PDT 2020

Abha Sur writes <asur at mit.edu>

Solidarity across Distances
Lectures in the Times of COVID-19

*Taming citizens, quarantining rights: India and COVID-19*
A lecture by and conversation with
*Vrinda Grover*
Human Rights Lawyer, Delhi, India
Saturday, April 25, 11am EDT/8am PDT/8:30PM IST
Co-sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies, MIT

*Registration Required*
A Zoom link and password will be emailed upon registration

*Vrinda Grover *is one of India's most well-known human rights lawyers 
and activists. The focus of Vrinda's litigation and research has been to 
interrogate the impunity of the state for human rights violations. Some 
of the cases that she appeared in and which led to landmark victories or 
substantially advanced human rights jurisprudence include the conviction 
of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) of Uttar Pradesh for the 
targeted custodial killing of the Muslims of Hashimpura, the Maruti 
workers struggle, the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, a PIL 
challenging the longest internet blockage in Kashmir. She has 
also represented victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom, adivasi leader 
Soni Sori, the Bhima Koregaon accused activists, gang rape survivors of 
Kandhamal, Muzaffarnagar targeted attack on minorities, victims of Hapur 
mob lynching, and death row convict in Nirbhaya case.

Vrinda Grover actively engages with the feminist movement, represents 
survivors of sexual violence
and she contributed to the drafting of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 
2013 against sexual violence.

Vrinda Grover is a prominent commentator in the media on issues relating 
to justice and accountability.

A video of our last lecture by Dr. Abhay Shukla is available now: 
COVID-19 and Public Health in India 

Our inaugural speaker P. Sainath’s PARI has published several new 
reports on the impact of COVID-19 on rural India.
Visit PARI’s COVID-19 coverage 

About *Solidarity across Distances:* The current pandemic around the 
world has created a public health crisis, gravely exacerbating a 
pre-existing economic crisis. Governments around the world have also 
used this as an opportunity to amass more authoritarian power, 
aggravating a crisis of democracy. While we maintain physical 
distances, resistance to these triple crises cannot wait for the 
pandemic to end. Solidarity across Distances is a lecture series 
in which we plan to bring critical voices of information and analysis. 
And bring people together in solidarity and resistance.

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