Bhubaneswar: Indian Human rights activist Mr. Akhand tops the list in the International Human Dignity Award voting process with more than 29,000 votes. There were 15 rights activists around the world in the process. The online voting ends on Tuesday and Akhand tops in it. “Akhand has got 29,180 votes. Now according to the rules of the award committee, the candidate with highest votes will get a place in the finalists. So now Akhand is in the finalist, said Mr. Sudarshan Pradhan, the nominator of Akhand to the award.
The Roland Berger Human Dignity Award is endowed with EUR 1 million and conferred annually in Berlin. Since 2008, Roland Berger Foundation has honored individuals and organizations that have shown outstanding commitment to promoting human dignity.
Akhand is an independent grass-root rural Journalist and Human Rights Defender from Puri in Odisha. He is the one of the founding members of India Media Centre (IMC), which works for the upliftment of the marginalised sections of the society and protection of their human rights. He leads 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.
He has been providing direct free legal assistance to the victim or his/her family members in case of Human Rights Violation through direct intervention. He approaches National Human Rights Commission and State Human Rights commission on behalf of the victim or his/her family. He also fights 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 the intervention of Akhand 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), informed Mr. Sudarshan Pradhan, who nominates Akhand for the prestigious prize.
Now award committee will decide the winner of the award, informed Mr. Pradhan.