Aligarh mother killed by mob for allowing daughter to wear jeans #Vaw #WTFnews


A 55-year-old woman was beaten to death by a mob in Aligarh on Tuesday
because she allowed her college-going daughter to wear jeans. Shockingly,
the mob was led by a woman.

It happened in Jwalajipuram colony of Mallrose bypass area in Aligarh where
one Phulwati raided the house of her neighbour Netrapal Dubey along with her
aides and killed Dubey’s wife, also the mother of 20-year-old Gunjan,
Kamlesh.

Netrapal and Gunjan have been admitted to hospital with serious injuries.
Phulwati and her aide Ravindra Singh have been arrested and sent to jail for
killing Kamlesh.

Netrapal, a driver, told the police that Phulwati, who lived in his
neighbourhood, used to object to Gunjan’s wearing jeans.

“My daughter is an undergraduate student and she feels comfortable in jeans.
Other girls of her college also wear jeans. But Phulwati, wife of a
contractor, came to me one day and asked to prevent her from wearing jeans
because it was vitiating the atmosphere in the colony. She said her own sons
stare at her because of her jeans. She also told me that other people in the
area would start eve-teasing my daughter if I didn’t stop her”, he said.

“On Tuesday evening, she tried to misbehave with my daughter. We didn’t
react because she had connection with criminals. Phulwati was prepared to
kill Gunjan and that is why she along with half a dozen of her associates
carrying rifles reached my house in the night, searching for my daughter.
They attacked my wife with the butt of a rifle when she came in between. She
died on the spot. Then they attacked me and my daughter,” he added.

Dayanand Mishra, Superintendent of Police, said, “The incident took place
because some people misbehaved with a college-going girl. As per report,
they  were angry because she used to wear jeans. We have arrested Phulwati
and Ravindra, who were a part of the mob. Manhunt is on to nab other accused
persons.”

Read more at:
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/aligarh-girl-and-mother-killed-for-wearing-jeans-pants-by-a-mob/1/279749.html

 

Mariakkutty murder case: First time details of Aadhaar card being used in investigation ! #UID #WTFnews


English: Fingerprint
Kozhikode: The Crime Branch (CB) Superintendent, Kozhikode, has requested help from the Director of Aadhaar, Bangalore, to identify the fingerprint of the culprit in the Mariakkutty murder case at Kannur. This is the first time, police are looking for the details of Aadhaar card to investigate a murder case in the state.

Mariakkutty was found murdered at her home in Kannur district a year ago. Crime Branch police found evidence of fingerprint from the house in the investigation. However, they could not identify the murderer when they cross-checked the evidence with that of the stock of the state police. Then the police arrived at a conclusion to check the details of Aadhaar card. Taking finger print is a must procedure in Aadhaar. So the police believe that the particulars in the card can help them trace the murderer.

Crime Branch SP, Shamsu Illickal, has handed over the facts of the fingerprint to the Aadhaar Director in Bangalore. If the murderer has taken the card, it will trap him. Otherwise the probe will be prolonged further. The officials expect that Aadhaar card will also be as helpful as mobile phones in investigation process.

Source- http://english.manoramaonline.com/

 

The disturbing truth about an execution #Afzalguru #deathpenalty


USHA RAMANATHAN, The Hindu March 13,2012

 

 

By hanging Afzal Guru secretly so that he could not approach the courts, and ignoring the pending case that could have affected his sentence, the Home Minister acted illegally

On March 6, 2013, in response to an RTI request, the President’s Secretariat made available documents pertaining to Ajmal Kasab’s mercy petition. People from across the country and the globe had written to the President asking that he use his clemency power so that the power of the state to take life would be reined in. Recurring with unexpected frequency was an appeal that, if the mercy petitions were to be rejected, the “President and the Ministry of Home Affairs … respect the practice of promptly informing the individual, his lawyers, his family, of the decision, reasons for the decision, and proposed date of execution as well as the public of any scheduled execution.” Ajmal Kasab was hanged in secrecy on November 21, 2012. Less than three months later there was another secret execution, of Afzal Guru.

In India, of course, this is not about a ‘practice’. It is the law. On February 9, 2013, when Afzal Guru was hanged, was the law followed?

PROCEDURE FLOUTED

The disturbing truth is that Afzal Guru’s execution was illegal. The government flouted the procedure established by law in executing Afzal Guru the way it did; and the Constitution is categorical, in Article 21, that no one shall be deprived of life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law. The Jail Manual is clear: “On receipt from the Administrator of the final confirmation about the date of execution of a convict, the convict and his relatives shall be informed about the date of execution by the Superintendent.” ‘On receipt of’ the ‘final confirmation’, the convict is to be informed. It is, however, reported that Afzal Guru was not informed till 5 a.m. on the day that he was hanged; a mere two hours before he was taken to the gallows. It is impossible, not merely improbable, that the Superintendent did not know about the date of execution till that last minute. By not informing Afzal Guru, the Superintendent breached the law.

The relatives too “shall be informed” about the date of the execution on receipt of final confirmation. To inform is not to send a letter or other missive; the duty cast by the law on the Superintendent is to ‘inform.’ The point of the provision is to give notice of the impending execution of the convict. Afzal Guru’s family learnt of the execution when the rest of the world heard about it, and through the press. The letter sent by speed post reached them two days after he had been executed. Informing the family is not, as some have suggested, about humanitarian considerations; this is about a violation of the law in the process of depriving a person of life.

It is reported that Afzal Guru was buried in jail “in accordance with a directive from the Delhi administration, with the jail authorities saying that there was no request from the family to claim it” (Economic Times, 15.2.2013) This was a deliberate and self-serving distortion of facts.

The Jail Manual prescribes that the convict may “if he so desires, be permitted to prepare a will in accordance with his wishes. If the convict does not desire to prepare his will, his statement to that effect shall be recorded by the Superintendent”. Was Afzal Guru given time to decide about his will? If he was informed of his impending execution at 5 a.m., as is reported, could that have provided him with the opportunity to decide about his will? He had not met his family in a long time. He had no time to get legal help — something that evaded him at every turn. And he was being informed of his execution, literally, on his way to the gallows. Does this constitute conformity with the law? Plainly not.

DELIBERATE BREACH

It appears from pronouncements following the execution that these breaches were not caused due to oversight; that they were deliberate. If there are no adverse consequences for these deliberate violations of the procedure prescribed while taking life, it will clear the way for absolute power over life and death. Afzal is beyond reach, so the wrong done to him cannot be undone. His family, however, has borne the pain that this injustice, and violations of the law, have brought to them. Few would disagree that the family has been wronged. There have to be consequences. A public apology which will be an acknowledgement of the wrong done — that will also dilute the impunity that is growing every passing day. Reparation, to the family that has been wronged. And, action against those who were in violation of the law; that would be an act of respect for the rule of law.

Secret executions seem to have acquired the status of state practice. When Kasab was hanged, surreptitiously, in the early hours of November 21, 2012, the Home Minister explained that one of the reasons for practising secrecy was to avoid the possibility of anyone approaching the court, which could delay the execution. He repeated it, as one would a formula, after Afzal Guru’s execution. This is unconstitutional. No one can be deprived of his or her right to judicial recourse. For the Home Minister of the country to ensure secret execution so that such judicial recourse may be denied is against all norms of civilised jurisprudence.

A Bench of the Supreme Court has reserved orders on the effect of delay on the execution of the sentence of death. The judgment of the court, which is yet to be delivered, would have had a direct bearing on whether Afzal Guru’s death sentence could be carried out, or not; he had been under the shadow of the death sentence for over 10 years when he was hanged. On 20 February, 2013, when a three judge bench of the Supreme Court stayed the execution of the four alleged aides of the forest brigand Veerappan, it was on the express recognition that the decision of the court that had reserved orders was of direct relevance to the convicts before the court.

This was the judicial consideration to which Afzal Guru was entitled. The punishment is irreversible, and, for that reason, should have been deferred till the outcome in the pending challenge. By executing him secretly so that he may not approach the courts, and by ignoring the pending case that could impact on his death sentence, the Home Minister acted illegally. The court needs to demand an explanation from the Minister about the nature of the power he seems to think he has.

LACK OF REPRESENTATION

On 11 February, 2013, two days after he had been executed, a case was quietly disposed of in the Supreme Court. Early in 2011, Afzal Guru had filed a petition in the Supreme Court asking for his transfer to Srinagar Central Jail so that his family, which included his mother, wife and young son, could visit him — something that distance and cost was making prohibitive. This case was filed through the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee, but the lawyer was repeatedly absent from the hearings, which prompted the court to ask the SCLSC to look into it and submit a report to the court.

As reported by V. Venkatesan in The Hindu (19.2.2013), the lawyer told the court on 23 November 2012 that someone else would be representing Afzal Guru; the court asked the SCLSC to find an explanation for the tardiness and submit a report to the court; the status of the case, on 4 January, 2013 did not indicate that any report had been filed. This was just one more time that Afzal Guru was left without proper representation. And, a single judge, in chambers, on 11 February, merely took judicial notice of the execution, found that the hanging had made the petition infructuous, and dismissed the petition!

The least that this calls for is an enquiry, followed by consequences for violations of the law, an apology and reparation to the family of Afzal Guru, an end to secret executions and a guarantee of non-repetition.

(The writer is research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, teaches law at the Indian Law Institute and is a regular guest professor in many universities around the world)

 

PRESS RELEASE–When criminal negligence passes for ‘Industrial Accident’


3 February 2013

 

PRESS STATEMENT

 

When criminal negligence passes for ‘Industrial Accident

PUDR expresses grave shock and demands action against those responsible for the industrial accident at the Ambuja-Holcim cement plant near Raipur, Chhattisgarh, on 31 January 2013, in which 5 workers have been killed. The names of the workers who died are Roshan Verma and Poshan Verma, apprentice (both apprentices from village Arjuni), Suresh Shukla and Kamleshwar Singh (both permanent workers, from Ambuja Colony and village Bhadrapaali respectively), and Durgesh (a contract worker from village Saiha). The accident which occurred between 10.30 a.m. and11a.m., took place when the fly-ash hopper situated on the fifth floor collapsed, and crashed through four floors below. Eyewitnesses report that the air was thick with dust for hours. According to reports the cause of the accident was that the hopper was overloaded beyond capacity – while the capacity of the hopper was 170 tonnes it had been loaded with a weight of 300 tonnes. Moreover, the hopper was in a rundown condition and known to be unsafe. Despite this it appears that the management not only continued to operate the hopper, but overloaded it, and did not have any safety measures to deal with fire or officials equipped or trained to carry out rescue after the accident. Trained personnel had to be called from the nearby cement plant of Ultratech to carry out rescue operations.  The Ambuja-Holcim company officials had in fact compounded the problem by pouring water on the fly ash making it set and making it difficult to remove the dead and injured from under the debris. The workers who had rushed to help were all ordered to go away. Moreover the family members of those killed were not permitted to go to the spot, nor were they shown the bodies of the deceased. Journalists were also not permitted inside the plant after the accident. The Collector and the Superintendent of Police who had reached the plant after the accident, also refused to answer calls or throw light on the matter. Agitated villagers of Arjuni and Bhadrapaali who had gathered at the gates were lathi-charged and dispersed. It is a matter of concern that the entire effort of the management and local civil and police administration appears to be to hush up the incident and not affix responsibility for it. As even the broad details of this case and PUDR’s recent investigation and report on the conditions of cement workers in Chattisgarh (Working Against Odds: Conditions of Workers in the Cement Industry in Chattisgarh, 2012) shows this accident was a direct consequence of the complete absence of safety measures in the plant, the lack of maintenance and the common practice of exposing workers to extremely hazardous work without any protection, preparation or rescue plan amounts to criminal neglect. This ‘accident’ was thus waiting to happen, and the culpability of the company Ambuja-Holcim, which has a 9.44% of the market share in the industry and ranks third amongst the top 10 cement manufacturers in India, is clearly indicated.

PUDR demands immediate independent investigation into this industrial accident at the Ambuja Holcim plant, indictment and criminal prosecution of the guilty including the company for its criminal neglect of safety measures. PUDR also demands that adequate and appropriate compensation be paid to the family members of all the workers killed in the accident or adversely affected by it in any manner.

Asish Gupta,D Manjit

SecretariesPUDR

 

27th Ramanadham Memorial Meeting: Public Health, Inequality and Democratic Rights


The late sixties marked the first major crisis of independent India at all levels of its
economy and polity. This crisis gave birth to radical movements. Among these
were the tribal and peasant struggles led by Marxist Leninist parties. Brutal state
repression was launched on these movements. Regional civil rights
organisations arose as a response to the various illegal modes of repression. Thus in
1974 Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee [APCLC] was founded in
Andhra Pradesh.

Those were the times when A. Ramanadham, a medical doctor by profession,
founded one of the district units of APCLC in Warangal town.
Born in Mustikuntla, a small village in Khamman district in 1933, he started his
career as a government doctor. Dissatisfied with the unethical medical practices, he
left his job and set up his own Children’s Clinic in 1968 in Warangal. That year
marked the beginning of his involvement in various social issues. The clinic was to
become, perhaps, the only democratic centre in the entire town.
In June 1975, Emergency was imposed institutionalising the ongoing repression. Dr.
Ramanadham, along with other activists, were arrested. After lifting of
Emergency APCLC was able to function again. Dr. Ramanadham became its
Vice President.
Civil rights organisations that had earlier been confined to their own regions and
histories, began to share information and experiences. Joint investigations into
repression on worker and peasant struggles and joint campaigns on repressive
laws. In this process of building fraternal relations PUDR came to know the work of
Dr. Ramanadham. And to appreciate his gentle friendliness and modesty

Dr. Ramanadham’s involvement with civil liberties was inseparable from his
professional role as a doctor. In fact, his professional role helped the civil rights
movement which, in turn, made him a better doctor. It helped him to understand
the social origins of the diseases of his patients He did not confine himself to
giving medicines but tried to spread a scientific outlook. Out of this came his
famous book in Telugu, Medical Guide which was addressed to the people and not
to health workers.
Dr. Ramanadham tried to create a space for democratic values wherever he went
and in whatever he did. Struggling against corrupt medical practices in a health
centre in Husnabad, helping friends to bring out a revolutionary literary journal in
Warangal, helping a young girl and conducting her marriage against the will of her
influential parents, organising a people’s clinic with the help of doctors on strike in
front of Warangal -Government Hospital, are examples of Dr. Ramanadliam’s
involvement and initiative in democratic concerns

In the late seventies peasant struggles for higher agricultural wages and against
landlord repression spread in Warangal and other districts Police was given extensive illegal powersto repress these struggles. Governments kept changing  but state violence continued. With APCLC, Dr. Ramanadham was actively involved in investigating fake encounters, custodial torture and deaths. This earned  them the wrath of the police

On 2nd September 1985, at Kazipet railway station, SI Yadagiri Reddy was shot
dead by unidentified assailants, believed to be naxalites. Next morning his body
was carried in a funeral procession in which a number of armed policemen
participated. The procession was led by the district Superintendent and the Deputy
General of Police. When it neared the Children’s Clinic, a group of policemen
broke into the clinic. They ransacked the clinic and assaulted the compounder and
waiting patients. Then they went into the neighbouring shop, Kalpana Opticals,
where they found Dr. Ramanadham and shot him at point blank range.
Immediately after, a neighbouring doctor took him to Mahatama Gandhi Memorial
Hospital, about two kilometres away. Soon after he was declared dead. With his
death the Warangal unit of APCLC” ceased to function
Four days after his death, police filed a second FIR in the Yadagiri Reddy murder
case, the first murder case to be registered under TADA in Warangal. Dr
Ramanadham was named as accused. However, in the case of the murder of Dr.
Ramanadham, no accused were named. Police maintained that naxalites were
responsible and they had used snatched police revolvers. Two policemen were
suspended for dereliction of duty as their revolvers had been snatched
Barely a year later J. Laxmareddy, President of the Karmmagar unit of APCLC
was killed by police on 7 November 1986. The Warangal unit was revived with
the efforts of N. Prabhakar Reddy who became its convenor. A lawyer by
profession, he was instrumental in obtaining bail for hundreds of rural youth
charged under TADA. On 7 December 1991, police came to his house and shot
him dead.
The murders of civil rights activists are not random acts of violence by a few
deviant policemen. These are part of a larger political policy of the government
against the people. Perhaps the only meaningful way of remembering Dr
Ramanadham is by committing oneself to the movement for democratic rights
and affirming our faith in people’s struggles to implement and extend these
rights.

People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), Delhi

Invites you to attend

27th Ramanadham Memorial Meeting

Public Health, Inequality and

Democratic Rights

Speakers:

Dr. Yogesh Jain

Jan Swasthya Sahyog

Topic: Social Inequality and Public Health

Dr. Jacob Puliyal

St. Stephens Hospital, Delhi

Topic: Immunization Programmes and Public Health

Dr. Amit Sen Gupta

People’s Health Movement

Topic: Drug Policy, Pricing and Public Health

Chair

Dr. Ritu Priya Mehrotra

Centre for Social Medicine & Community Health, JNU

8th September, 2012

5 pm – 8pm

Conference Hall

Indian Law Institute

Opp Supreme Court

Bhagwan Das Road

New Delhi

SP Ankit Garg , Do you have the Balls ? #SoniSori #Rape #Prison


 

I Dare you

 S.P .Ankit Garg,

Rape Me

Do you have the Balls ?

 

Stripping   Soni  Sori in  Prison.

Inserting stones in her vagina and rectum

Showing off your  Manhood in a  Prison

You called her  a  whore, a bitch,

Torturing her with electric currents

In your Torture Haven,

 

I Dare you ,

S.P .Ankit Garg

Rape Me,

Do you have the Balls ?

 

You told  Soni Sori

You are administration, authority and  the Government. 

You  run the government from the  Prison

 

You told  Soni Sori

You  have the magic wand for all operations

 Slap false  cases,  and  arrest adivasis in the name of  ‘  Maoism

You told Soni Sori

Who will believe an adivasi teacher as against an IPS officer  ?

You told Soni Sori

To sign on a blank paper and name human rights activists as  Maoists

You told Soni Sori

 If she did not listen to you,

she would die beating her head against the prison  walls  with  shame

 

 

I Dare you ,

 S.P. Ankit Garg

Rape Me,

Do you have the Balls ?

 

You are a  Sadistic Bastard

You made  Soni Sori stand naked in front of  you

 You are a  Sadistic Bastard

 You verbally abused  her and tortured  her  psychologically.

You are   a Sadistic Bastard

You made three men insert stones in her vagina and rectum

You are a Sadistic Bastard

You have risen to the  Ranks so fast on the blood and bones of tribals

 

 

I Dare you ,

 S.P .Ankit Garg

Rape Me,

Do you have the Balls ?

 

On the 63rd Republic Day on 26th Jan 2012 ,

 You were conferred with President’s Police Medal for Gallantry 

A Gallantry award for Sexual Violence ?

The Darkest day for the  Indian Democracy

I will not rest till the medal is recalled

I will not rest till you are behind bars

I will not rest till  women scream in pain from  prisons  

I will  only  rest when   there is an end to custodial  torture and sexual violence 

 

 

I Dare you ,

 S.P .Ankit Garg

Rape Me,

Do you have the Balls ?

By- Kamayani Bali Mahabal- for Justice for Soni Sori Campaign

 

( 1000 th  post on my blog for Soni Sori and many other Women Prisoners behind bars facing sexual violence )

 

Women Activists meet NHRC Chairperson for #SoniSori


On 1st May a delegation of five women from the campaign group in Delhi met the NHRC Chairperson Justice K.G.Balakrishnan and apprised him of the Soni Sori case. 
The entire case was once again laid out before the Chairperson, and the urgency of medical treatment for Soni Sori was emphasized.  He said he will ensure that medical treatment is not denied.  

The delegation also pointed out that while medical treatment was a priority, the issue of custodial torture could not be ignored and NHRC should also take immediate steps to initiate an inquiry into this matter.
The letter submitted is below

To

The Chairperson

Justice K.G.Balakrishnan

National Human Rights Commission

Delhi                                                                                                                              1.05.2012

 

 

RE: CASE # 541/33/3/2011 + 610/33/3/2011-OC

 

Sub: DEMAND FOR SPEEDY ENQUIRY INTO CUSTODIAL TORTURE AND SEXUAL ABUSE OF SONI SORI IN CHHATTISGARH, AND TO ARRANGE FOR HER IMMEDIATE MEDICAL RELIEF

 

Sir,

 

This is regarding our earlier complaints to NHRC in October and November 2011, regarding the custodial torture and sexual violence against Soni Sori, the reference numbers for which are as given above (copy of acknowledgement from NHRC enclosed). Presently Soni is in Raipur Central Jail in Chhattisgarh, after suffering brutal custodial torture, including sexual violence, by several policemen inside the Dantewada Police Station(copy of 3 letters to NHRC from citizens enclosed).

 

It may be recalled that Soni Sori is an adivasi school teacher from Dantewada, who had come to Delhi to escape harassment by the Chhattisgarh police and file a legal complaint against them for fabricating false cases against her of being a maoist supporter. She was arrested on October 4th and transferred back to Chhattisgarh before her petition could be filed before the Supreme Court. While in police custody in Dantewada, she was sexually tortured by the Chhattisgarh police on October 8/9th, under the orders of the then-Superintendent of Police, Ankit Garg.  She was verbally abused, stripped naked, electric current was applied to her body parts, and stones, pebbles, batons etc. were shoved into her private parts.

 

Such barbaric behaviour by police had been foreseen even before Ms. Sori was taken into custody and had been clearly placed before the Sessions Court and High Court in Delhi, when her custody was sought by the Chhattisgarh police.  In consideration of her well-grounded apprehensions about her safety in hands of the Chhattisgarh police, the Delhi High Court issued directions to them to ensure her safety while in their custody and had specifically ordered the Commissioner of Police in Chhattisgarh to file an affidavit in the Delhi High Court outlining steps taken to keep her safe. But, in what can only be termed to be an act of flagrant contempt of court and of all constitutional safeguards, the Chhattisgarh police brutally tortured her for the two days she was in their custody.

 

A special medical examination at NRS Medical College Hospital Kolkata, ordered by the Supreme Court after senior advocates and human rights activists filed a writ petition on Soni Sori’s behalf, has unearthed irrefutable evidence of custodial violence and sexual torture.  Yet, Soni Sori has been consistently denied proper medical care.  No action has been initiated against the SP; on the contrary he was awarded the President’s Gallantry Award in January 2012.

 

A team of women that had visited Raipur in January to meet her was shunted around by the officials and denied permission to meet her, which is a violation of her rights as a prisoner.  Her repeated complaints of ill-health have also not been attended to properly, and she is not receiving proper medical care and treatment, which is yet another violation of prisoners’ rights.   Not only are they not being attended to, there is an attempt to dismiss them by saying that she is making them up, that she is a `malingerer’.

 

Recent reports from her lawyer who visited her on 26th April are alarming and a cause of great concern to us.   She appears to be suffering from several ailments arising from the injuries inflicted upon her in custody, and her health condition has significantly deteriorated.   In addition, she has said that she was taunted by the doctors and not given proper treatment when she was taken to the hospital in Raipur (copy of letter from lawyerenclosed).

 

Such custodial violence and brazen disregard of the constitutional safeguards is of grave concern, especially when meted out by the protectors of the law. If ignored and left unpunished, it sets dangerous precedents for the democratic fabric of the country. We seek your urgent intervention in this regard.

 

We urge you to take this matter up and intervene to ensure that Soni Sori’s rights as an under-trial prisoner are not violated, that she is given prompt and due medical care and treatment, and moved to a safe place, in consultation with her through her lawyers, where the policemen cannot interfere with the course of justice (copy of letters from Soni Sori enclosed).

 

We demand the following actions immediately by the NHRC:

i.  NHRC must enquire into the allegations by Soni Sori of custodial torture while in police custody on the night of 8th – 9th October 2011.

ii. NHRC must ensure that she immediately gets medical attention in a way that her dignity is not violated and so that her acute medical condition is not trivialized.

 

iii. NHRC must ensure that her other rights as an under-trial are not violated, and that friends and relatives be permitted to meet her.

 

iii. Punitive action must be initiated against SP Ankit Garg and other police officials involved in her custodial torture.

 

iv. NHRC must re-state firmly the guidelines and safeguards instituted to ensure safety of the other under-trials and many innocent tribals currently detained in jails in several parts of the country.

 

Yours,

 

Dr Uma Chakravarti, SAHELI

Sudha Sundararaman, AIDWA

 

 

 

Enclosures

 

1.       Communication from NHRC dt December 8 2011 assigning complaint number

2.       3 petitions to NHRC from citizens, dated 20.11.2011, 18.10.2011, and 10.10.11, seeking action on the custodial torture of Soni Sori

3.       Communication from Soni Sori’s lawyer in Raipur after meeting her on 26.04.12

4.       Two of the several letters written by Soni Sori to the Supreme Court and her lawyer.

 

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Chidambaram promises action in Soni Sori case


By Sify News Desk,  March 30,2012

New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram has agreed to take up the case of Soni Sori, the school teacher who was arrested for alleged links with Maoists, after human rights activists met the Minister this week and handed over a 3700-strong petition.

The Change.org petition and an accompanying letter call for Soni Sori to be given prompt and due medical care and treatment, and to be moved to a safe place where police cannot interfere with the course of justice.

Sori, who was arrested for her role in an alleged pay off by Essar group to Maoists, is said to have been tortured and sexual assaulted by Chhattisgarh police while in custody last October. She remains behind bars.

Campaigners who attended the meeting say the Home Minister promised to write to the Chhattisgarh government raising the issues related to human rights violations.

“We discussed issues related to Soni Sori and delivered the voices of nearly 4000 people from all over India,” said Kalpana Mehta, of Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression.


Others at the meeting with the Home Minister included Brinda Karat (Ex-Rajya Sabha MP), Sudha Sundararaman (All India Democratic Women’s Association), Indira Chakraborty (Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression) and writer Kiran Shaheen.

Brinda Karat demanded that Soni Sori be given adequate constitutional safeguards as a prisoner facing trial and sought the Home Minister’s intervention for prompt action to be taken against Superintendent of Police Ankit Garg and other officials said to be involved in the custodial and sexual violence inflicted upon Soni Sori in the Dantewada police station.

The campaigners expressed concern that they were not being allowed to meet Soni Sori.

The campaign was started by human rights lawyer Kamayani Bali Mahabal and has attracted more than 3700 signatures from all over India, including leading human rights organisations such as Amnesty, who have described Soni Sori as a “prisoner of conscience”.

The petition can be found here

The illegitimate children of the Republic


Javed Iqbal | Monday, March 19, 2012, DNA

Torture has long been employed by well-meaning, even reasonable people armed with the sincere belief that they are preserving civilisation as they know it.

Aristotle favoured the use of torture in extracting evidence, speaking of its absolute credibility, and St Augustine also defended the practice. Torture was routine in ancient Greece and Rome, and although the methods have changed in the intervening centuries, the goals of the torturer — to gain information, to punish, to force an individual to change his beliefs of loyalties, to intimidate a community — have not changed at all.’ — from The Dynamics of Torture, by John Conroy.

The medical report on adivasi teacher Soni Sori’s condition while she was in police custody submitted in the Supreme Court stated that stones were found lodged in her vagina and her rectum.

The Supreme Court had given the Chhattisgarh government 55 days to respond, and sent her back to the Chhattisgarh jails, and revealed once again that the rule of law and the Constitution are divorcing themselves from the aspirations of citizens, whose fundamental right to life has to be protected by the courts, not something the state is allowed to take away the instant she is considered a Maoist sympathiser.

Her hearing was supposed to be held on January 25, but never came up. Instead, Superintendent of Police Ankit Garg, whom she accused of torturing her, won the president’s medal for gallantry on Republic Day for his conduct during an encounter with the Maoists in 2010. Since then, her case has been listed but hasn’t been heard, it being over five months since she was tortured.

To the state machinery, it remains a story of he said-she said, as torture in police custody leaves no witnesses besides the tortured themselves. But in this case, the accused has a medical report from Kolkata to confirm her allegations. Even then, custodial violence is endemic.

The National Human Rights Commission is on record saying that 1,574 custodial deaths took place between April 2010 and March 2011. And between 2001 and 2011, there were around 15,231 custodial deaths, according to the Asian Centre for Human Rights.

The unaccounted and the unaccountable:


Meena Khalko, 16, was killed in an alleged encounter and accused as a Maoist. Allegations surfaced that she was raped and murdered. The Chhattisgarh home minister parroted his police officials, who said she was ‘habitual about sex’ and had links with truck drivers.

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Rashtriya Viklang Manch-RVM (National Confederation of Disabled-NCD) writes to Mamata Bannerji


To:-

MS Mamata Benarji,   

The Chief minister,

GOVT. of West Bengal,

West Bengal, Colkata,

March 1, 2012
Dear Madam,

We the members of Rashtriya Viklang Manch [RVM] [National Confederation of Disabled-NCD] on behalf of 70 million disabled people of India, hereby unanimously resolved to submit this memorandum to you in order to draw your attention towards the physically disabled Teenager raped in Kolkata.

The 18-year-old was admitted to the hospital on Monday on complaints of chest pain.

A teenaged deaf and dumb patient whose family complained that their daughter had been raped at the Bankura Sammilani Medical College Hospital by the hospital staff was yesterday taken to Kolkata by police and Health department doctors for forensic tests. Relatives of the girl said that the accused approached her on the pretext of a medical check-up.

A police complaint has been lodged but so far no arrests have been made.

The mother of the 18-year old girl has complained to the hospital authorities that her daughter has been raped by a junior doctor on Monday night.

Superintendent of Police Pranab Kumar said, “It is difficult for us to investigate because the victim is deaf and dumb and we need an interpreter.” He said that investigations had been taken up after receiving a complaint from the hospital authorities although no FIR was filed by the girl’s family.

Madam, this kind of statement from a police officer shows their irresponsibility towards the case of people with disabilities. Therefore We urge you to kindly take a appropriate action against this discriminatory acts.

We the members of Rashtriya Viklang Manch-RVM (National Confederation of Disabled-NCD) register our strong protest against this inhuman and brutal act and strongly urge upon the appropriate authorities to initiate stringenet action against the guilty.

Seek your solidarity,

With warm regards,
Sonu Golkar,
Secretary General-RVM

 

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