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Dr.Lenin Raghuvanshi is a Dalit rights activist. He is one of the founding members of People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), which works for the upliftment of the marginalised sections of the society.

Indian society, especially in the rural areas, is still influenced by feudalism and the caste system which continues to determine the political, social, and economic life of the country. PVCHR works to ensure basic rights for marginalized groups in the Indian society, e.g. children, women, Dalits and tribes and to create a human rights culture based on democratic values.

PVCHR is highlighting the voice of weavers at national and international level. They are also helping to bring group empowerment, so that the weavers can speak out and bring forth their issues and challenges. PVCHR is employing traditional source of media and new media in achieving their goal - to combat torture and bonded labour, they receive, respond, and highlight the cases of human rights violations using different media tools. They regularly submit petitions to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The work of PVCHR was awarded with the Gwangju Human Rights Award 2007, ACHA Star Peace Award 2008 and 2010 Human rights prize of the city of Weimar in 2010 and Usmania Award from Madarsa Usmania, Bazardiha. In 2001, Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi was elected for the Ashoka Fellowship for social entrepreneurship and change maker.

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