Middle Finger Protests, also known as Human Rights Protection Group, is a Chandigarh-based human rights organization and protest group led by Prabhloch Singh. The organization received its name from the protests during the Jessica Lal murder trial. It is also the organization behind the protests in the Sippy Sidhu murder case and has been active in various protests, including the Jyoti murder case, Aarushi murder case and Nirbhaya case.
The organization was the first to act in the Jessica Lal murder case from Manu Sharma's hometown Chandigarh. It was also featured in the Bollywood movie 'No One Killed Jessica' in 2011. The leader of the protest group is Prabhloch Singh, a human rights activist. The organisation along with its founder Prabhloch was made a part of a human rights case study on Media Influence, Rule of Law, and Civic Action in India by the Florida State University through an Honors Theses submitted to and approved by the Defense Committee of the Department of International Affairs, USA.
Prabhloch Singh, the founder of the organisation represented India as an observer at the United Nations Headquarters during the 13th Annual International Human Rights Summit 2016 held from 25 August 2016 to 27 August 2016 where he delivered a speech on civil rights in India while addressing dignitaries consisting of human rights luminaries, ambassadors and representatives of permanent missions to the United Nations.
Sippy Sidhu was a National level shooter and an advocate who was murdered on 20 September 2015 at a park in Chandigarh.
Chandigarh, 29 November 2015: The group organized a blind folded candle light procession outside the residence of IGP, Chandigarh to protest the inaction of cops in the Sippy Sidhu murder case.
Chandigarh, 13 December 2015: A protest in Sector 17, Chandigarh where the group protested against the inaction of cops in the Sippy Sidhu murder case. Savita Bhatti, wife of late Jaspal Bhatti also participated in the protest.
New Delhi, 15 December 2015: The group intimated the Commissioner of Police of Delhi, BS Bassi, through an e-mail that they would be holding a protest outside the residence of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, on Saturday. Later, members of the group were detained in Delhi during their protest outside the PM's residence. The group claimed to have acquired prior approvals. Kirron Kher, Member Parliament from Chandigarh offered support to the group following the protest outside the PM's residence
New Delhi, 30 January 2011: Members of the human rights group participated in a protest at Delhi's Jantar Mantar to press for justice in the Aarushi murder case.
Chandigarh, 6 January 2013: Middle Finger Protests organised a non-violent protest in Sector 17 plazza to create public awareness about the case and to condemn crime against women. The founder of the group, Prabhloch Singh, announced that a protest would be organised outside the residence of the DGP, Haryana due to the failure of the cops in arresting the accused. First-time Congress MLA from Himachal Pradesh, Ram Kumar Chaudhary is the prime accused in the murder of 24 year old Jyoti who was found murdered in Panchkula on 22 November 2012.
New Delhi, 29 April 1999: Jessica Lal, a 34-year old model and celebrity bartender was shot dead by Manu Sharma, son of Congress leader Venod Sharma. A trial court acquitted the accused on 21 February 2006. Middle Finger Protests was the first to act from the accused's home town Chandigarh and organized candle light vigils and protests demanding justice for Jessica Lal. Owing to public outrage, the case was re-investigated and Manu Sharma was finally convicted and put behind bars.