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Weekly Protest in Mumbai on Mondays at 5:30pm, GPO side, VT Station Re: Soni Sori

Dear all

Soni Sori case has been listed for 4 times in the cause list of SC but has not come up for hearing, the only days when her case can come up is between tuesdays and friday.Hence, women groups have given a call for a weekly protest, every Monday , till the she is finally released, all of you are welcome to partiicpate in the demo and do mobilise to participate.

The women groups have decided to call for a weekly protest, till Soni Sori is Released.

We wil have a signature campaign, and will read her letters from the Jail .


Monday —March 19TH
Time – 530pm
Venue – GPO side , VT STATION

Pl fwd all contacts in Mumbai

in solidarity


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[Images/Video] Mumbai – March 14th Protest Demonstration calling for the Release of Soni Sori

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Here’s a video of the March 14th Protest in Mumbai:

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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

Public Event for FREE DR BINAYAK SEN CAMPAIGN · By Kamayani Bali Mahabal
Wednesday: 6:00pm until 7:00pm


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.

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[Kracktivist] International Women’s day March in Mumbai Demands Freedom for Soni Sori

Via Kracktivist

More than 500 women associated with various, women organizations, trade unions, health and human rights organisations came together at VT station to celebrate International Women Rights day, by raising their voices against all forms violence against women and vociferously raised slogans on true democracy and freedom, they demanded freedom for all including – workers,laborer, dalits, minorities, adivasis and all of us vociferously demanded



Read the rest of the piece here.

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[Photoes] Feb 29th, 2012 Protest Demonstration and Hunger Strike in Solidarity for Soni Sori (Rajghat Delhi and Mumbai)

At CST Station in Mumbai, India — activists, allies and supporters gather in solidarity for Soni Sori. Plus photoes from RajGhat, Delhi where 30 odd activists also gathered for a hunger strike.

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More Photos can be found here at Independent Media

A report on the RajGhat Hunger Strike by Ashutosh Kumar (Hindi) (Facebook Note)

‘राजघाट पर भूख हड़ताल की एक रपट” (कुछ कवितानुमा )
by Ashutosh Kumar on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 9:59pm·

गाँधी -समाधि के आंगन में बोलने की मनाही थी.इस हद तक कि गांधीजी तक को पथरा दिया गया था. हम कुछ ‘पढ़े लिखे’ लोग बाहर ही एक पेड़ के नीचे बैठ गए . हमने गीत गाये .गोरख , बल्ली ,अदम के गीत . सोनी सोरियों के अपमान की उस धधकती हुयी आग के गीत जो देश भर में सिर्फ इस लिए किया जा रहा था कि वे सोनी सोरियाँ थीं .
समाधि पर भीड़ यों भी कम थी .वह शहर से भी गायब होती जा रही थी.किसी ने बताया कि भीड़ आजकल सिर्फ जेलखानों , पागलखानों या साहित्य -पुस्तक -मेलों में दिखाई पड़ती है.
नजदीक ही सुप्रीम कोर्ट में सोनी सोरी की आख़िरी सुनवाई एक बार फिर आगे बढ़ा दी गयी थी.
अचानक गांधीजी जैसी एक छाया दीख पडी सामने . दो नौजवानों के कंधे के सहारे रुक रुक कर चलती .छाती से फूटती खून की लकीर अंगोछे में छुपाये .
लोहे की एक टूटी हुयी बेंच थी जिस पर हम ने उन्हे आदर के साथ बिठाया .और पाया कि कोई और नहीं खुद जस्टिस सच्चर थे .
प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय में एक भूमिगत अज़ीयतखाना है . बर्फ ही बर्फ है वहां .मैं वहीं कैद था , लेकिन देखो मैं निकल आया हूं.
आओ चलते हैं . सब से पहले गांधीजी को इस पथरीले जेलखाने से आज़ाद करते हैं .
कहते हैं कि बापू चलो .लेकिन अबकी लाठी टेक कर नहीं, तान कर .
खुद अपनी आँख से देखो कि सत्यकुमारी और अहिंसादेवी के साथ क्या सलूक हो रहा है इन दिनों भारत -दंडक- अरण्य में.

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Protest (1-day) Hunger Strike to Free Soni Sori on Wednesday, Feb 29th in Mumbai

Wednesday : 5:30pm until 7:00pm

“On the night of Saturday, 8.10.2011, in the new police station in Dantewada which has been built next to the old police-station, I was tortured”, Soni Sori. This hunger strike is for Soni, Indian citizen, woman, schoolteacher, adivasi.

Since 8th February, 2011, Soni has been on an indefinite hunger strike to protest against the torture and injustice meted out to her by the Chhattisgarh government. We, women’s groups and human rights activists from all over India and the world, salute her courage in the face of physical and sexual torture, forced isolation and threats to the wellbeing of her three innocent children. On this day, in solidarity with her protest, we are observing a one-day hunger strike, across the country in Delhi(other places)

Complete information here.

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