FREE SONI SORI- PROTEST DEMONSTRATION
Public Event for FREE DR BINAYAK SEN CAMPAIGN · By Kamayani Bali Mahabal
Wednesday: 6:00pm until 7:00pm
CAN WE LET SONI SORI DIE ?
Soni Sori, a 35-year-old Adivasi school supervisor in Chhattisgarh, has been languishing in Raipur Jail since October 2011, she has written letters from jail asking Nation to help her.
The Chhattisgarh police arrested her as a Naxalite-supporter last October, and tortured her so badly that when she was brought to court by the police, she couldn’t get off the stretcher in the police van. But the magistrate allowed her to be sent to jail without even bothering to come out of the court and look at her.
Her lawyers went to the Supreme Court, and a medical exam was ordered. Doctors found small stones in her vagina and rectum, and a blackening of her toes. Soni complained that she had been made to strip naked and given electric shocks, under the supervision of SP Ankit Garg. On Republic Day, the government gave Garg the President’s Award.
And in December, the Supreme Court, despite all the medical reports, ordered Soni to remain in Raipur Jail till the next hearing, which it scheduled 55 days later. Even after that, her matter has been adjourned twice.
Is Soni Sori a Naxalite-supporter?
Soni lives in Dantewada, where the Naxalites have a hold. Last year, Soni fought with the Naxalites when they tried to stop her form hoisting the national flag on Independence Day. Naxalites shot her father in the leg, saying he was a police informer. On the other hand, the police first arrested her husband, and now Soni, for being Naxalite-supporters!
Why do the police want her in jail?
Because she has constantly fought for her people’s rights- for minimum wages, against the powerful companies that want the Adivasis’ land, and the Chhattisgarh government that supports these companies, and against police involvement in the illegal teak trade.
Soni Sori’s nephew, Lingaram Kodopi, is also in jail for being a Naxalite, only because as a journalist, he interviewed Adivasis who had been raped and whose homes had been destroyed by the police last year.
Now, fed up of being in jail, far from her 3 small orphaned children, writes: “We Adivasis are only fated to suffer atrocities and die. We Adivasis are a business for the government.’’
Can we allow Soni Sori to die in jail?
Soni Sori has lawyers; most of the Adivasis in Chhattisgarh’s jails don’t. Can we allow them to simply rot only because they wont allow the companies to take away their land?
Join us in demanding the Release of Soni Sori, Lingaram Kodopi and all the other innocent Adivasis in Chhattisgarh.