On the 12th-13th January 2012 a women’s group went to Raipur to meet Soni Sori in Central Jail, Raipur. The Superintendent Jail did not allow them to meet her; only the two lawyers were allowed to meet her. The team was shunted around and asked to meet the government officials to get permission. They met the Principal Secretary (Home), DG (Prisons), IG (Prisons), and were sent back by all these officials to the Jail Superintendent, who finally denied permission on grounds of concern for security of Soni Sori and the Women’s Prison, and sections 692 and 695 of the jail manual.
The team also met the Chairperson, State Human Rights Commission, who felt the denial of permission did not constitute any violation of her rights. Finally the Chairperson, State Women’s Commission was also apprised of this matter; who was of the view that the SCW could not take action since the matter was sub-judice; that since this was a `naxalite’ case caution was needed, and there must be some reason why permission had been denied.
Coverage by The Hindu