Claiming Justice

In 2014, Nazdeek in collaboration with the National Dalit Movement for Justice released the groundbreaking report Claiming Justice: A Study of Civil Society Organizations' (CSO) Interventions in Addressing Atrocities Against Dalits and Tribals. Based on an extensive five-state canvas of the Indian heartland, the report highlights interventions taken by five leading Dalit and Tribal organizations (Center for Dalit Rights, Dalit Stree Shakti, Dynamic Action Group, Navsarjan Trust, and Sampurna Gram Vikas Kendra) in supporting victims of atrocities through the criminal justice system.

Told directly from victims, witnesses, community members, human rights defenders and public officials, the report analyzes over 400 atrocity cases, with 20 in-depth case studies covering atrocities such as murder, rape, mass attack, and land grabbing. The study identifies best practices undertaken by CSOs in ensuring positive outcomes for Dalit and Tribal communities and offers recommendations to strengthen CSO interventions. Claiming Justice is the first report of its kind, and documents the tireless, often dangerous work of frontline human rights defenders in supporting victims of atrocities. From taking a tiered approach to advocacy to building community-level networks and supporting victims from the filing of complaints to obtaining of judgment, the CSOs play a critical role in fighting against the pressure to compromise and demanding justice for victims and their families.