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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Destroy the Ashram of Himanshu Kumar, Case against Arundathi Roy...Life Sentence for Binayak Sen,

In the on going war between the State and its people, often the collateral damage are those who are able to articulate the voice of the people with clarity and integrity and are not afraid to do so in public glare.

So, Himanshu Kumar's ashram has been run down, he has been displaced, Arundathi Roy has a FIR for seditious speech and Binayak Sen for spending 30 years in medical care, is life imprisoned. Those who cannot command such media attention meet a fate more worse. Please find below an appeal from the 'Free Binayak Sen' campaign. Do sign the petition for whatever it is worth.


Please sign and circulate the following petition created by the Free Dr. Binayak Sen Campaign, asking for the Release of Binayak Sen, who as you might know has been sentenced today for life imprisonment on trumped up charges by the Raipur court.
To:  The President of India, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New DelhiWe, the undersigned are shocked at the conviction of well-known public health doctor and human rights worker Dr Binayak Sen by a Raipur Sessions Court on charges of "sedition" and "waging war against the Indian State". The conviction carries a sentence of life imprisonment, a drastic and completely unjust fate, to be handed out to one India's finest social activists.
We call upon the higher Indian judiciary to uphold principles of law, justice and the rights enshrined in the Indian Constitution and undo the severe damage done to the reputation of the judiciary itself through the Raipur court's flawed judgment.

The charges against Dr Sen, of allegedly aiding outlawed Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh, have not been corroborated by any of the witnesses or evidence produced in court so far. On the contrary there have been numerous instances of the prosecution resorting to use of fabricated documents and contradictory testimonies to press its case.

We further believe that the charges against Dr Sen, made under draconian "anti-terrorist" laws, are trumped up and intended to "punish" him for his outspoken criticism of the Chhattisgarh government for its human rights violations against its own tribal populations. Dr Sen, a heart patient, has already spent over two years in prison from May 2007 to May 2009 and was released on bail by the Indian Supreme Court.

That the world's largest democratic country cannot tolerate criticism and non-violent human rights activism is a matter of shame to Indian citizens everywhere and this attitude of intolerance needs to be roundly condemned. Such low quality of justice, routinely delivered in our courts, is indeed itself a threat to Indian democracy.

Not only should Dr Sen be released immediately from imprisonment and charges withdrawn, there needs to be a thorough inquiry against all those who have framed him so maliciously. We also demand adequate compensation to Dr Sen for being deprived of his basic freedoms and his family for being subjected to the most inhumane mental torture and persecution. 

Adv Kamayani Bali Mahabal

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