Soni Sori urges activists and groups to continue their fight for justice for people like her, who continue to languish in jails.
After their release from the Jagdalpur jail, Soni Sori and Linga Kodopi went to the Ma Danteshwari Temple and then onto their villages Palnar and Sameli respectively. Soni was greeted by her three children, her father and the rest of her family. Soon the entire village came by to see her.
Join the South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI) and Association for India’s Development (AID) for a discussion on the importance of Soni Sori’s story and development in Chattisgarh, India. [Facebook event page]
September 30th, Sunday at 7pm at BlueStockings Bookstore (172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington St, New York/ Metro: F train’s 2nd Avenue stop)
In preparation for the protest being held at Union Square on Oct. 4th, there will be a poster-making and general planning discussion after the presentation. Get involved, Join us!
A year has passed and this deep injustice continues against Soni Sori, an adivasi schoolteacher and Lingaram Kodopi, a journalist. Soni Sori and Linga were among the few voices who spoke for the indigenous people living in the mineral rich Bastar region. The imprisonment and torture of Soni Sori and Lingaram is part of a deliberate, state-sponsored process of terror, displacement and criminalization of adivasis in the name of development and profit.
Despite international outrage and pressure from human rights activists — Soni Sori and Lingaram Kodopi remain imprisoned without a court trial — a year after their arrest. Court accepted, medical documents have shown that both Kodopi and Soni Sori have suffered custodial torture. Despite this evidence, no action has been taken against anyone and the chief police responsible for Soni Sori’s sexual torture has been awarded the National Gallantry Award for bravery since her arrest.
If you would like to help organize or sponsor the campaign, please email Free Soni Sori Campaign at the email: email@example.com
Please also join us on Oct. 4th as we mark the one year anniversary of Soni Sori’s arrest by holding a protest in Union Square at 7pm.
Protest organized by the Association for India’s Development (AID) and the South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI). Endorsed by Amnesty International USA and Occupy Global Justice Working Group (NYC).
People’s Union for Democratic Rights has drawn public’s attention from time-to-time to the lawless conduct of the security forces in war zones across the country where ‘operation greenhunt’ is being prosecuted. Recent developments reported from Chhattisgarh show that security forces enjoy so much impunity that they have begun to flout even the instructions/orders of the state home minister. And such is their clout that they can dismiss warrant/s issued by judicial officials knowing fully well that no action against them would ensue.
Chhattisgarh Home Minister Nanki Ram Kanwar told reporters on February 15 that police do not follow his order. He complained to them that on February 12 he had asked the SP of Korba to file a FIR against two police personnel of the Kotwali police station for molesting and attempting to rape a minor, daughter of Milon Das, resident of Dhanmarpara, in Korba district. However, the Korba SP dismissed these allegations and claimed he had not received any such order from the minister. The home minister told the media that there is Supreme Court ruling stating that mere oral complaint by a girl victim is enough in such cases for filing a FIR. This is the same Chhattisgarh police that also eulogised as “Chhattisgarh hero” a fugitive from justice and alleged rapist and killer Kartam Surya.