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Pavitri Manjhi is part of an Adivasi Indigenous community who are at risk of being kicked off their land to make way for two power plants. They stand to lose their farms and livelihoods. But she’s leading the fight to protect her community.

Villagers say they were forced to sell their land by agents acting on behalf of two private companies. Many haven’t even been adequately paid. As head of her village council, Pavitri brought people together to file nearly 100 formal complaints. And for that she faces ongoing intimidation.

Local ‘strongmen’ have visited her home and told her: “Everyone who helped you file the complaints are outsiders. They will not be able to save you and we will silence them.” The men returned in the following days to make more threats. Pavitri reported the harassment to police but little has been done.

For decades, Adivasi people have had their rights trampled on to make room for business developments. But Pavitri isn’t going anywhere. She’s determined to help her community protect their ancestral lands.

Tell India to protect Pavitri from harassment now.

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Director General of Police, Chhattisgarh, India

Dear Director General,

Pavitri Manjhi, the Adivasi leader of the Bhengari village council in Chhattisgarh, faces continued threats, intimidation and harassment for her peaceful activism. She is a human rights defender, protesting the actions of two private companies who allegedly defrauded Indigenous Adivasis of their land in Raigarh district.

I urge you to consult with Pavitri Manjhi and other Adivasi villagers in order to give them adequate security and protect them from further harassment.

I also urge you to investigate complaints of the harassment of Adivasi villagers and of the unlawful dispossession of land, and bring those responsible to justice.

Yours Sincerely,

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