Soni Sori is an adivasi schoolteacher from the state of Chhattisgarh in India. On October 2011, she was arrested by the state police for being a suspected Maoist supporter. During police custody, she was beaten, tortured and sexually assaulted. There is a staggering degree of evidence that Soni Sori has been framed on made-up charges and further that she suffered custodial torture. As of this writing, she remains in jail, pending a Supreme Court hearing.
Lingaram Kodopi is a Muria adivasi journalist from Sameli village in Dantewada. On September 2009, Kodopi was arrested by the Chattisgarh police on being a suspected Maoist sympathizer. He was kept in a police toilet and tortured for 40 days. A petition was filed and he was released. Since then, Kodopi had been in Delhi training to be a journalist at the International Media Institute of India. And in April 2010 he had appeared before the Indian Peoples Tribunal at Delhi on the atrocities being conducted in Chattisgarh.
However, in July 2010, Chattisgarh police alleged that Kodopi was the prime suspect for the attack on the house of Congress leader and civil contractor Avdesh Singh Gautam. He was arrested on September 9th, 2011 from his village in Sameli in Dantewada, Chattisgarh. As of this writing, he remains in jail, pending a Supreme Court hearing.
Lingaram Kodopi is the nephew of Soni Sori.
This website attempts to consolidate the currently available news, blog posts and video links focused on the illegal detentions of Soni Sori and Lingaram Kodopi — political prisoners in India. To a lesser extent — an attempt will also be made to link to news stories and petitions regarding other political prisoners in India. Please take some time to read this note on political prisoners. While this blog will focus on Soni Sori and Lingaram Kodopi, it is with the awareness of the overall reality of a broken justice system.
Sources like the Free Soni Sori and Lingaram Kodopi facebook page, relevant blogs and news sites will be the main source for the information. If you feel there is a resource or link missing, we would welcome your suggestions. In fact, all suggestions to improve this site would be appreciated.
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