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Archive of entries posted on January 2012

Statement on harassment of Dayamani Barla by police

We, the undersigned strongly condemn the harassment of social activist and human rights’ defender, Dayamani Barla by the Jharkhand Police. Dayamani, a well known and noted journalist-turned-activist and human rights’ defender based in Jharkhand, is one of the leaders of anti-displacement movements. She is also part of many organisations, movements and federations, INSAF and NAPM. [...]

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Totally drug-resistant TB emerges in India

Physicians in India have identified a form of incurable tuberculosis there, raising further concerns over increasing drug resistance to the disease1. Although reports call this latest form a “new entity”, researchers suggest that it is instead another development in a long-standing problem.

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*WOMEN’S GROUPS STOPPED FROM MEETING SONI SORI IN RAIPUR*

A team of women representing various women’s groups from across the country
were in Raipur on 12-13th January to meet Ms. Soni Sori, currently lodged
in Raipur Central Jail. Ms Sori is a tribal school teacher who has been
hounded by the Chhattisgarh Police as a Maoist conduit. She was arrested
in October 2011 and was brutally assaulted sexually in police custody on
the night of 8-9th October.

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Arun Ferreira’s press conference

Arun points out how his case of multiple rearrest is far from the exception. He also talks about other horrific aspects of life in prison.

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ARUN FERREIRA TO ADDRESS PRESS CONFERENCE

Arun Ferreira, a young intellectual from Mumbai, was arrested in May 2007 and accused of being part of an illegal Maoist plot to blow up Deekshabhoomi in Nagpur, sacred to millions of dalit Buddhists. A total of 10 criminal cases were foisted on him and Ferreira spent more than 4 ½ years of his life fighting to prove he was innocent. He was tortured in custody by the police and made to undergo narco-analysis not once but two times. The courts however did not believe the police story and he was acquitted from all the 10 cases. Ferreira walked out from Nagpur Central Jail on 27 September 2011 expecting to be a free man. But not quite. He was abducted and rearrested from the gates of the jail, and another 2 cases were slapped on him. After another 3-month battle and following an outcry against the state’s highhandedness, Ferreira finally was set free on 4 January 2012. Of the 2 cases pressed against him, he was acquitted in one while bail was granted in the other.

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