Indian receives German award for social work

Weimar: Lenin Raghuvanshi, an Indian human-rights activist, is in Germany to receive an award in the city of Weimar for his long fight on behalf of the dalits, or untouchables.

Raghuvanshi, founder of the People`s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) in Uttar Pradesh state, also campaigns on behalf of women, children and indigenous peoples and counsels victims of injustice.

Weimar`s city council picked him in June as winner of the eastern city`s annual human rights prize, worth 2,500 euros ($3,300) and invited him to Germany to receive it in person on International Human Rights Day.

The citation said Raghuvanshi, a 40-year-old doctor, documented dalits, or members of India`s lowest caste, who died of hunger or had been victims of police torture.