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Free Soni Sori Protest at VT Station, Mumbai Planned Wednesday (Mar. 14th) 6pm to 7pm

Below is the facebook invitation note in its entirety.

Location for the Protest is CST on the GPO side, at VT Station

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.

Why?

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.

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[Facebook Status & Comments] Soni Sori’s Court Hearing is Scheduled to be Any Day Now — Keeps Getting Postponed

Despite a storm of media coverage, protests, press statements, petitions — both nationally and internationally — this is the only piece of information and news source I could find on this important development.

Are the media sleeping? I, honestly, would like to know.

Anyway, here are a series of facebook status messages from Himanshu Kumar.

Feb 22nd (AM)
आज सोनी प्रतारणा मामले में अंतिम सुनवाई है! [Translation: Today is the last hearing on the fraud that has happened to Soni!]

Kamayani Bali Mahabal: Himanshu-ji if it does not coem cant be last, lets hope it comesup today anyhow

Feb 22nd (PM)

सोनी सोरी प्रतारणा मामले में आज सुनवाई नहीं हुई ! [Translation: Soni Sori’s issue did not have a hearing today!]

कोर्ट के पास वख्त नहीं था आज ! कल देखते हैं ! [Translation: The Court did not have time! We will see tommorrow!]

As always, feel free to correct any errors in my Hindi translation. I will post the correction. My Hindi reading skills are bare.

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