Monday, October 8, 2007

Binayak Sen : Guilty as Charged?

Dr. Binayak Sen was arrested under the Chattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2005 (CSPSA) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. He has been accused of passing letters from an imprisoned Maoist leader to operatives outside the jail, possession of materials that show allegiance to the outlawed group and helping rent an apartment for some of its members.

Dr. Binayak Sen’s training as a pediatrician might be the least impressive part of his resume; he is also a noted civil rights defender and the general secretary of the Chattisgarh unit of Peoples’ Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL). He has worked tirelessly to create health care programs for the needy and poor in the area.

On which side of the struggle would a human rights activist pledging his efforts towards the Adivasis find himself? The complexity of that answer would be lost with a quick response. It also becomes necessary to separate the Naxal’s cause from their means when tackling the question.

Read more on Binayak Sen's arrest and if this was a government conspiracy or not at "India Indeed: Indepth"

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