A human rights activist and a citizen journalist for Merinews.com, I have been selected as a nominee for the International Human Dignity Award 2013/14, Berlin in the field of Human Rights protection.
I lead a cultural movement for peace and national integration and a campaign to stop violence against women (i.e. Campaign Jyoti) in India’s eastern coastal state of Odisha.
I have been providing direct free legal assistance to the victim or his/her family members in case of Human Rights Violation through direct intervention. I approach National Human Rights Commission and State Human Rights commission on behalf of the victim or his/her family.
I also fight for Human rights violation in various other forms where public is directly or indirectly affected. Till now more than 7000 persons have benefitted directly by my intervention and more than millions of people are the beneficiaries in view of policy making after the judgment of Apex rights panel i.e. National Human Rigths Commission (NHRC).
I started working for mainstream media in 2000, after completing Post Graduate Diploma from IGNOU in Journalism. Right from the start, I concentrated on socio-political issues and on the margins of society.
When reporting on issues such as Rural Development, poverty and women's role in Panchayat Raj, I found that questions of political responsibility and gender-related discrimination became increasingly important to me.
From the list of shortlisted candidates, finalists will be selected through online voting. I seek support of my well wishers and followers. To vote for me you can click the link and then vote here at http://www.human-dignity-forum.org/2013/09/mr-akhand/.