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Ram Puniyani

Ram Puniyani


Ram Puniyani is a human rights defender and a former professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay). He has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to promoting human rights and communal harmony in India, and is a well-known advocate for rationalist thought in the country.

Human rights defenders in India face a diverse range of attacks and harassment from state and non-state actors alike, including killing, physical assault, arbitrary detention, threats and judicial harassment. Police officials are often the perpetrators of violence against HRDs, which is usually carried out with impunity.