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Suffering and helpless: Soni Sori’s letters

By Umang Kumar

Soni Sori, an adivasi schoolteacher from Chattisgarh, who was arrested from Delhi in Oct. 2011 for alleged Maoist links has had to suffer one humiliation after another. She had alleged sexual abuse and stones being inserted in her private parts by the Chattisgarh police in the most recent case of atrocity against her.

The mineral-rich state of Chattisgarh has in the last few years seen a vicious conflict over endeavors to extract the minerals by private corporations as well as the Indian state, the indigenous tribal population (the adivasis) whose lands happen to be those same mineral-rich areas and a radical insurgency, whose members are often termed Maoists.

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