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Scrap laws that convict Binayak: Mother

From India Blooms

Kolkata, Jan 30 (IBNS): The mother of human right activist and physician Binayak Sen convicted for his alleged Maoist links said she will continue her fight against the laws that are not fit for independent India and imprisons people like her son.

“I want to fight against these laws which do not fit to independent India, it was all craeated during the British age,” Anushua Sen, Binayak Sen’s mother, said at a protest rally organised in Kolkata on Sunday.

“I want him to get proper justice and released from the prison; besides I also feel that every person who has been detained wrongfully like him should be released,” Anushua Sen said.

From intellectuals of the city to sex-workers, all walked in protest rally against the “miscarriage of justice” in the case of human rights activist Binayak Sen.

The procession started Sunday afternoon from College Square in the northern part of the city and ended at the Metro channel at Esplanade.

“I feel that Binayak is a true patriot, I believe even if he was not a human activist I would have participated in this rally. It is absolutely wrong to imprison somebody in such wrongful way,” Salil Biswas, former Principal of South City college, who also participated in the march, said.

“Today, every democracy-loving person irrespective of political colours have joined this movement,” writer Sumit Chowdhury said.

India’s prominent artists have written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging the release of Sen.

Several leading artists, including Naseerudin Shah, Sharmila Tagore, Aparna Sen, Mahesh Bhatt and Rahul Bose, have moved Singh, seeking Sen’s release.

Sen, who was sentenced by a Sessions court in Raipur on Dec 24, has moved the Chhattisgarh High Court against the life sentence.

The court is hearing his petition.

An eight-member European Council team of observers is also watching the proceedings.

Sen, who was arrested in May 2007 from Bilaspur, was detained for two years, and released on bail in May 2009.

In 2008, he was awarded the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights by the Global Health Council.

(Reporting by Supriyo Hazra, Photos by Avishek Mitra)