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Durbadal Majumder

HRD, Jalpaiguri District Human Rights Monitor
Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM)

Durbadal Majumder, is the Jalpaiguri District human rights monitor for Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), a non-governmental human rights organisation based in Howrah, Kolkata, West Bengal. MASUM works on a variety of issues, including combating illegal evictions, enforced migration, trafficking of persons and impunity for acts of torture. As a human rights monitor, Durbadal Majumder has been involved in campaigns against the use of torture by the police and Border Security Forces in the area, as well as investigating individual cases of torture and mistreatment.

Police officials are often the perpetrators of violence against HRDs, usually with impunity. While human rights bodies exist both at the national and at the state levels, human rights defenders expressed strong criticism at their work and effectiveness. Investigations carried out by the National Human Rights Commission and the State Human Rights Commissions (SHRCs) are often either inadequate or extremely delayed.