#Kerala – Petition to Chief Minister condemning false charges against Kerala activists #FOE

12h June 2013


Chief Minister of Kerala

Oommen Chandy.

We the undersigned strongly condemn the blatant attempt by the Kerala police to intimidate five colleagues from the field of film and media by filing fabricated cases against them for ‘rioting’, ‘unlawful assembly’ and ‘public obstruction’ (IPC Sections 143, 147, 149 and 283 ).

These five individuals- K.P.Sasi, noted filmmaker and activist, I. Shanmukhadas, film critic, Prasannakumar T.N., film activist, Shafeek, journalist and Deepak, filmmaker and film society activist- were participating in a peaceful protest on February 11 at Thrissur, Kerala, along with many others, outside the venue of the Vibgyor Film Festival 2013 against the concept of capital punishment and the summary execution of Afzal Guru.

The peaceful protest which lasted for an hour, in no way disturbed public order or caused communal unrest. For this act of democratic expression, these fraudulent and trumped charges have been filed against them.
It is indeed shocking that the Kerala police should deny citizens their basic right to peacefully protest against the death penalty, which 97 nations across the world have abolished. As per Amnesty International data, over 2/3 of the countries of the world (140) are now “abolitionist in law or practice”. In India, there has been an alarming resurgence of the death penalty, which needs to be questioned and protested against by all those who stand for social justice and human rights. This crude act of intimidation by the state needs to be condemned by all and we appeal to the Chief Minister of Kerala ensure that the Kerala police to withdraw these false and malicious charges immediately.

Anand Patwardhan, Filmmaker, Mumbai
Anjali Monteiro, TISS, Mumbai
K.P. Jayasankar, TISS, Mumbai
Nivedita Menon, JNU, New Delhi
Rahul Roy, Filmmaker, New Delhi
Saba Dewan, Filmmaker, New Delhi
Shilpa Phadke, TISS, Mumbai
Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Human rights activist, Mumbai
Shohini Ghosh, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Amar Kanwar, Filmmaker, New Delhi
Ajay Bhardwaj, Filmmaker, New Delhi
Anivar Aravind, IT Engineer, Bangalore
Bishaldeb Halder, TISS, Mumbai
Charu Gargi, Filmmaker, Estonia
Lynne Henry, Filmmaker, Mumbai
P Baburaj, Film maker, Trivandrum
Pankaj Rishi Kumar, Filmmaker, Mumbai
Rakesh Sharma, Filmmaker, Mumbai-Goa
Sanjay Mohan, Journalist, New Delhi
Shoba V. Ghosh, Mumbai University
Suhasini Mulay, Filmmaker, Mumbai
Suma Josson, Filmmaker, Mumbai
Vivek Monteiro, Trade Unionist, Mumbai
Yousuf Saeed, Filmmaker, New Delhi

( If you agree add your endorsements in  comment section )


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kandamath Manayilvalappil Venugopalan
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 09:09:40



  2. Anilkumar
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 22:21:34

    I too endorse this petition.


  3. Biju Mohan
    Jun 13, 2013 @ 03:10:59

    in solidarity….endorsing


  4. mustafa desamangalam
    Jun 13, 2013 @ 13:05:53



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  6. George Pulikuthiyil
    Jun 13, 2013 @ 22:05:50

    The charges against these friends of mine are false, unfounded and maliciously fabricated. I was present on the occasion. The Constitution of this country gives every citizen right to opinion. They have expressed their opinion on the question of death penalty. I too oppose death penalty.There are millions in this country who oppose death penalty. No government has any right to act against the Constitutional rights of a law abiding citizen.


  7. Benny Beneict
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 09:46:13

    Endorse this petition…in solidarity, Benny Benedict, Chetana


  8. Shweta Ghosh
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 10:46:23

    In solidarity!


  9. Raju Hittalamani
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 10:53:18



  10. Shivani
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 12:19:33



  11. Mohan Kumawat
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 14:26:41

    I too endorse this petition


  12. Venu Arora
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 18:16:13

    I endorse the petition and join in the protest.


  13. Samina Mishra
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 20:15:51

    I endorse this statement.


  14. lisa sabina harney
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 22:09:01

    Endorsing this petition


  15. altaf mazid
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 23:22:12

    I endorse this statement.


  16. Cinema of Resisitance, JSM
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 12:05:28

    We endorse the petition and join in the protest.
    Sanjay Joshi
    for National Initiative for Cinema of Resistance, Jan Sanskriti Manch


  17. shwetakishorehweta kishore
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 13:21:36

    Endorsing the statement


  18. Dr. Parvez Imam
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 18:11:48

    Endorse it completely


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