25 YEARS OF SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER

Our Study Reports

Jananeethi was approached in 1996 by a group of people from Kathikudam complaining against industrial pollution of Kerala Chemicals and Proteins Limited (KCPL was later christened as Nitta Gelatin India Limited - NGIL) and exploring the chances of a Public Interest Litigation.

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“Our common humanity transcends the oceans and all national boundaries. It binds us together in a common cause against tyranny, to act together in defense of our very humanity. Let it never be asked of any one of us – what did we do when we knew that another was oppressed?” Nelson Mandela.

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No cause is more worthy than the cause of human survival with sense of dignity and freedom. The post tsunami scenario in coastal areas of Kerala and Tamil Nadu were beyond human comprehension. The Government and the people were left in dismay not knowing how and where to proceed. Scores of humanitarian interventions from all parts of the globe – political, philanthropic, charitable, religious, professional etc – got involved from the beginning to ameliorate human suffering. However, there were also corruptions and manipulations everywhere. As always, the powerful, influential, politically and communally had easy access to justice and much more, but the weak, the vulnerable, the unorganized, the illiterate and other marginalized sections were the actual losers of natural and man-made catastrophes.

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Kerala Model Development – has been a myth, much acclaimed and widely discussed for quite some time, nationally and internationally. The only possible justification for romanticizing such a claim may be the impressions created in the West by the scenic beauty, natural resources, literacy and public health in the State of Kerala. However, the Keralites are well aware that there is only little truth in what has been profusely advertised as “God’s own Country”.

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Jananeethi explored the practice of dowry and its repercussions in society and families in the State of Kerala. The extent of its prevalence in different populations and religious denominations, the historical, socio-cultural and ethnic factors that accentuated, promoted and perpetuated the practice of dowry and the colossal failure of the Dowry Prevention Act (1961) in curbing the evil practice of dowry, male domination and gender discriminations were some of the explored factors. Suggestions for developing alternatives to counter the problem are also given. ............

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They call it 'eco-tourism'. It may appear more sensible if you name it 'economic tourism'. 'Confuse, if you can not convince' - is the new strategy Indian polity has been experiencing of late. Beginning with the Paradise, mis-representation has been the effective tool used by evil forces for the fall of man and distortion of nature. This strategy was effectively and extensively applied in Kerala state, in the context of the Global Investors' Meet (GIM), the celebrated conglomeration of interests - market, mafia and manipulators. One of the targets in the GIM, being emerged, is the 'dream land' of "God's own country" - the Vagamon Region. This has been very much in public debate in Kerala in recent times. ...............

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Multinational companies (MNCs) invading developing countries under the pretext of development deviate into devious devises to amass wealth, breaking the above subtle laws of ecology. There is chaos following the greed. The Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. too followed the same path while taking roots in a hamlet of a developing country, brutally uprooting the agriculture, culture, health and peace, to plunder.......

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A “ litigation-free” village was indeed an impossible dream. But the people of Thichur village, a seemingly unknown, sleepy village in Varavoor panchayat of Thrissur District, in Kerala State made it happen on the 7th day of May 2000. The road to success was slow, hard and often frustrating. But at the end, it was a moment of exaltation to cherish and a history to emulate.

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Bio-medical waste is any waste generated in the process of diagnosis, treatment or immunization of human beings or animals, research activities, production or testing of biologicals. It shall be the duty of the occupier to take all steps to ensure that such waste is handled without any adverse effects on community health and environment. It is estimated that only 6% of the waste stream is infectious that needs to be disinfected. 2% of the hospital waste stream is pathological waste and shall be burned in a crematorium or other incinerator. The rest of the wastes, more than 90%, can be handled in the same way we handle solid wastes - by reducing, re-using, and re-cycling. Waste collection efficiency in Indian cities range from 50% to 90%. ...........

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Mr. Abdul Nazar Maudani, chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was incarcerated as an under-trial in the 1998 Coimbatore blast case for 10 years before being exonerated and set free in Aug 2007. In September 2010 he was again arrested as an accused in the infamous 2008 Bengaluru blast case. But none of the alleged offences has been proved against him. Till date he has not been given a charge sheet. This is in gross violation of all national and international laws....

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This project was aimed at finding out how the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 is implemented and critically analysing it. As part of the project, we had to conduct a survey among the various stake holders defined in the Act. The geographical area that we were assigned to hold our survey was the district of Thrissur. We were allotted a time period of 3 weeks to complete our project and present the report....

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The recent train tragedy at the Kadalundi River in Kerala is still fresh in the minds of many people. On June 22, 2001 the Mangalore-Chennai Mail was travelling over the Kadalundi Bridge near Kozhikode, Kerala when eight of the train’s cars suddenly derailed. Four of the cars plunged from the bridge into the Kadalundi River below. Heavy rain greatly hindered the subsequent rescue operation. The death toll eventually reached Fifty-two, while over 100 people were injured in the crash....

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Our Journey

1991 Jananeethi office inaugurated
1992 - May 13 Registration of Jananeethi Society
1992 December

Formal Inauguration

Initial services included – public adalats (neethimela), free legal aid, legal literacy, mediation & reconciliation and public interest litigation. Started campaign against torture, death penalty, dowry, child labour and trafficking.

1993 Launch of Jananeethi Publication
1994 Women’s Desk
1996 Environmental Advocacy launched
2000 Helpline for women, children and elderly in distress started
Declaration of first litigation-free village in Thichoor in Varavoor Panchayat
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