Statement of recent attacks against lawyers in Chhatisgarh, Jagdalpur working for under trial prisoners, Adivasi activist Soni Sori, Journalist Malini Subramaniam, public intellectuals such as Bela Bhatia among others.
We, the members of civil society in West Bengal stand in firm solidarity with the Jagadalpur Legal Aid Group, Malini Subhramaniam, Bela Bhatia, Soni Sori, Sudha Bhardwaj and all other groups and individuals who were working for human rights and upholding the Constitution and Rule of Law in Bastar. Their activities should be seen in the context of an increasingly oppressive state. These conscientious persons have played a critical role to bear witness to the plight of the indigenous peoples in the region. Continue reading
Kolkata, 24 February 2016
Concerned individuals and Organisations from the Civil Society of West Bengal organised a Press Conference at Press Club in Kolkata on 24th February 2016.
Maroona Murmur (History Prof., Jadavpur University), Tapas Chakraborty [Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR)], Choton Das (Bandi Mukti Committee) and Anuradha Talwar [Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)] spoke on the occasion and were accompanied by Debapriya Mukherjee [Advocate, Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), West Bengal] and Atindriya Chakraborty [Advocate, Persecuted Prisoners Solidarity Committee (PPSC)].
25 February 2016
Soni is improving. The swelling has reduced and she is able to speak without too much discomfort.
22 February 2016
Delhi CM Mr. Kejriwal visited Soni in the hospital
Apollo Hospital Medical Bulletin —
*Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi *
22 February 2016, 7:53pm
*22nd Feb 2016*: The patient came to the hospital yesterday at night with chemical burns on her face and was immediately admitted in the ICU. A team of senior consultant specialists has been assigned to care for all her clinical needs. We are hopeful that she will recover within the next few weeks and are carefully monitoring the situation on an hourly basis. She has been evaluated by the ophthalmologist and her eye on bed side examination appears to be normal, though she has orbital and conjunctival oedema. Her condition is stable at the moment with no threat to her life.
2 uniformed policemen from Papra thana visit Bela’s house and click photos of her, Jean and the interior of the house. This is followed by a visit from two people in civilian clothes carrying Chhattisgarh Police ID.
Protests in Bangalore and Mumbai
||JagLAG’s ex-landlord is called into the Bodhghat thana again – this time because there is a complaint by some Dipankar Sahu against “three women who are anti-social elements” who are staying in his house.
Protests in Delhi and Bhopal. Delhi protesters are detained by the police for several hours.
NHRC hears WSS complaint and decides to send a 3-member team to Bastar. (The team to be constituted and the dates of the visit finalised this week.)
Delhi CM Mr. Kejriwal visits Soni in the hospital
||IG, SP cast doubts on Soni’s story, saying that she is exaggerating the story. She is discharged from the Jagdalpur hospital and taken to Delhi, where doctors confirm that she has facial burns due to an unknown substance.
Protests and demonstrations in Raipur and Hyderabad against the attack on Soni Sori, JagLAG lawyers and Malini
Coalition against State Repression
Protest against State Violence and Repression on Dalits, Adivasis and Minorities
In solidarity with Kashmiri Women’s Day of Resistance
Tuesday, February 23, 5 pm, Mysore Bank Circle, Bangalore
On 23 February 2016, Coalition against State Repression calls for people to join us in a protest against State violence and repression against Dalits, Adivasis and Minorities which the State has been perpetrating in different parts of the country including Chattisgarh in the recent past. This is also in solidarity with the Kashmiri Women’s Day of Resistance which marks the 25th anniversary of the mass sexual assaults of Kashmiri women and torture of Kashmiri men in Kunan Poshpora.
Bangalore, 23 February 2016
A group of about 50 people, including students, lawyers, activists and organisations who have come together under the banner of Coalition Against State Repression, held a demonstration at the Mysore Bank Circle in Bangalore on 23rd evening. They protested against State violence and repression on Dalits, Adivasis and Minorities – focusing on the recent attacks on Soni Sori, lawyers, journalists and activists in Chhattisgarh and expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri Women’s Day of Resistance marking the the 25th anniversary of the mass sexual assaults of women and torture of men in Kunan Poshpora.
Mumbai, 23 February 2016
Around a 100 students, teachers, writers, lawyers and activists demonstrated outside CST railway station in Mumbai to protest
1. The strong wave of discrimination-cum-hounding faced by students
(because of their political views of dissent) on campuses across the
country, and the repression that has followed.
2. The recent spate of attacks on activists, journalists and legal aid
workers in Chhattisgarh, the physical attack on Soni Sori being the latest
and most grotesque.
The demonstration expressed solidarity with the rally held in New Delhi as part of the nationwide protest against the killing of Rohit Vemula and other state supported attacks on progressive voices.