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Archive of entries posted on January 2012

India: Prosecute Security Forces for Torture

(New York) – The Indian government should prosecute members of the security forces for recent high-profile cases of torture, to send a message that such practices will no longer be tolerated, Human Rights Watch said today.

Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers, long implicated in torture and extrajudicial killings near the border with Bangladesh, were captured in a video posted on YouTube brutally beating a Bangladeshi national caught smuggling cattle in West Bengal state. And the Indian government has awarded a medal to a police superintendant alleged to have ordered the torture and sexual assault of a female schoolteacher in Chhattisgarh state, instead of investigating him.

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Social mobilisation, the key to equitable health care: Binayak Sen

Social mobilisation is going to be an important factor in how the country will be able to leverage developments in the health care sector, Binayak Sen, social activist, has said.

Health care in India is on the brink of several key developments and social mobilisation will indicate how we are able to take this forward. The High Level Expert Group on Universalisation of Healthcare has suggested that the government raise the percentage of GDP spent on health from 1.1 per cent to 2.5 per cent, a substantial increase in funding.

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EMINENT CITIZENS AND GROUPS WRITE OPEN LETTER TO THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA SEEKING JUSTICE FOR SONI SORI

As you are aware, Soni Sori, an adivasi school teacher and warden from
Chhattisgarh, is currently facing trial in Chhattisgarh. Accused as a
Maoist supporter, despite evidence of her having being framed as one
in several cases, she has been in custody in Chhattisgarh for about
three and a half months.

What has been terribly shocking and perturbing is the fact that while
in custody she has been subjected to gross sexual torture, evidence of
which has come to light following a Supreme Court directive for
medical examination in a government hospital in Kolkata. Compounding
her crisis is the fact that despite this damning evidence, Soni Sori
has remained in the custody of the Chhattisgarh police for all this
while.

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AI on the custodial death of Pudiyami Mada

The Indian authorities should order a prompt, impartial and independent
investigation into the custodial torture and death of an Adivasi youth,
Podiam Mara (Pudiyami Mada), detained on suspicion of being a Maoist in Dantewada district
of Chhattisgarh state, Amnesty International said today.

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PUDR on the custodial death of Pudiyami Mada in Bastar

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights 17 January 2012 PRESS STATEMENT The custodial killing of an adivasi in newly formed Sukhma District of Chattisgarh is yet another reminder of the lawlessness which prevails in Chattisgarhs Bastar region. Reportedly, Pudiyami Mada a 26 year old adivasi died in Sukma Police Station on 13thJanuary. While the CRPF claims [...]

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