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  • Petitioned Dr Manmohan Singh

This petition was delivered to:

Prime Minister of India
Dr Manmohan Singh
Governor, Chhattisgarh
Shri. Shekhar Dutt
Chief Minister Chhattisgarh
Mr Raman Singh
Home Minister
P Chidambaram

Save Soni Sori and Punish Chattisgarh police #Savesonisori

    1. Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
    2. Petition by

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal

      Mumbai (Bombay), India

Soni Sori, a 35-year-old Adivasi school teacher in Chhattisgarh, has been languishing in  Raipur Jail since October 2011, she has written letters from jail asking the Nation to help her.

Why is she being tortured?

Soni has been tortured by the Chhattisgarh police - she complained that she was stripped naked and given electric shocks. A medical exam found small stones in her vagina and rectum.

The torture was under the supervision of Ankit Garg, Superintendent of Police. In a terrible twist of events he was given the President's Award on Republic Day.

Soni lives in Dantewada, a Naxalite stronghold. Last year, Soni fought with the Naxalites when they tried to stop her form hoisting the national flag on Independence Day.  Naxalites shot her father in the leg saying he was a police informer.  Yet the police first arrested her husband, and now Soni, for being Naxalite supporters!

Why do the police want her in jail?

Because she has constantly fought for her people’s rights - for minimum wages. She has taken on powerful companies that want the Adivasis’ land, and the Chhattisgarh government that supports these companies. She has taken on the police for their illegal activities.

Now, fed up of being in jail, far from her three young children, Sori has gone on hunger strike. In a letter to her lawyer she writes:  “We Adivasis are only fated to suffer atrocities and die. We Adivasis are a business for the government.’’

This petition demands the following:   ---  A credible inquiry into the custodial violence suffered by Soni Sori  --  Prompt recall of the President’s Gallantry award bestowed on S.P. Ankit Garg, facing serious allegations of custodial torture and sexual violence. -- To constitute a comprehensive and credible inquiry to ensure protection of rights and dignity of the large number of tribal women, like Ms Sori, languishing in jails in Chhattisgarh. --  Ensure an immediate halt and initiate exemplary punitive action against police and other security forces indulging in widespread and systematic violation of rights of tribal women

 

 

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    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Soni Sori writes from Prioson

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      Dear all

      Thank you for all your support, but we still need to get soni sori out of prison, she writes a letter to the Supreme court judge from Raipur prison, narrating the physical and mental torture she is facing. Please share the petition and ask friends to sign

    3. Supreme Court directs Chhattisgarh government to bring Soni Sori to AIIMS

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      On 2nd May a bench of Supreme Court judges, Justices Altamas Kabir and Chalameshwar, directed the Chhattisgarh state to produce the Adivasi teacher, Soni Sori, in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences within one week.

    4. Reached 4,000 signatures
    5. Soni Sori's latest letter " I want to stay alive...help me stay alive..."

      tamseel hussain
      Petition Organizer

      Soni Sori’s latest letter from Raipur Jail describes the inhuman treatment meted out to her and how she has been denied medical attention despite her repeated pleas

    6. Women delegation met P Chidambaram (Home Minister) on 27th March 2012

      tamseel hussain
      Petition Organizer

      On 27th March 2012 , a women's delegation from Delhi met P Chidambaram along with ex MP Rajya Sabha Brinda Karat. Mr. Chidambaram promised the delegation to write a letter to the Chhattisgarh Governor. The delegation submitted a letter and Kamayani's petition.

    7. Soni Sori could not be produced in Dantewada Court.

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      Police claims she is not well and is admitted to Raipur Government Hospital.,but fact remains she wa streated in raipur hospital earlier too where they refused to admit that stones had been inserted in hererctum and it was revelaed only thorugh kolkata medical college report, agains she is there, she should be treated at a hospital in delhi now
      इस सप्ताह दो पेशियों पर सोनी सोरी को पुलिस दंतेवाडा कोर्ट में पेश नहीं कर पाई ! पुलिस ने कोर्ट को सूचित किया है की सोनी सोरी बीमार है तथा वह रायपुर के सरकारी अस्पताल में भरती है और कोर्ट में पेश करने की हालत में नहीं है ! हांलाकि सोनी ने अपने पत्रों में छत्तीसगढ़ से बाहर इलाज की मांग की है क्योंकि पुलिस प्रतारणा के बाद रायपुर के सरकारी डाक्टरों ने सोनी का इलाज करने के बजाय उसे अस्पताल से निकाल कर जेल भिजवा दिया था और मीडिया में बयान दे दिया था की सोनी झूठ बोल रही है ! परन्तु कलकत्ता के अस्पताल में उसके गुप्तांगों में पत्थर पाए गए थे ! हमें सोनी की जान की चिंता हो रही है

    8. Reached 3,000 signatures
    9. Soni Sori’s letter from Raipur Central Jail- Audio-Hindi and English

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      Soni Sori wrote a letter from the Raipur Central Jail to her Lawyer Colin Gonsalves fighting her case. It is a dark day for Indian democracy today. While Ms. Soni Sori, the victim of this heinous torture languishes in the Raipur Central Jail, with a deteriorating health condition, and waits for her case to be listed in the Supreme Court, women’s teams who have been taking up the case of her torture have been refused permission to meet her. She is still under the custody of the same state police has that inflicted this torture on her.

    10. Republic Day gallantry award to alleged torturer of Soni Sori! Kamaya

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      Kamayani Bali Mahabal says she is ashamed that the nation is giving gallantry award to a police officer Ankit Garg on the occassion of our Republic Day who is accussed of torturing a tribal woman Soni Sori when the case is ongoing in Supreme Court. As you know Soni wrote to the court saying Mr Garg tortured her in custody and it has been proven by the report from hospital in Kolkata. She requests all of us to protest this award

    11. Soni Sori Supreme Court Hearing

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      Soni Sori's petition did not come up for hearing on Jan 25th . Despite the last order on Dec 2nd stating that it should be listed among the first three items scheduled to be heard today, it got listed as item 14. Tomorrow, the 26th is a holiday, of course, to congratulate ourselves on the Constitution. Soni also needs urgent medical treatment for the consequences of her torture. Her lawyers presented a motion in the Supreme Court last week. They expected it to come up for hearing today. But it didn't either.
      No date has been set for the next hearing.

    12. WOMEN’S GROUPS STOPPED FROM MEETING SONI SORI IN RAIPUR

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      DEMAND IMMEDIATE ACTION ON PERPETRATORS OF CUSTODIAL VIOLENCE ON SONI SORI

    13. Reached 500 signatures
    14. Chhattisgarh teacher Soni Sori on hunger strike, alleges police harassment

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      "They (police) are treating me like a hardcore criminal. They had put a chain on my legs... I oppose such moves by police," Sori told some media men at a government hospital here where the police brought her to recover from the injuries."Why are they treating me like a criminal? What did I do, why did they put a 'janjir' (chain) on my legs," Sori was heard saying in footage aired by local TV channels.

    15. Shockingly, Soni Sori has been sexually tortured with stones

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      THERE IS a battle that is described in court papers as Soni Sori vs the State of Chhattisgarh. Sori, 35, is a schoolteacher from Jabeli, accused of supporting the banned CPI(Maoist). She denies all the charges.

    16. Reached 300 signatures
    17. CPI demands PM intervention in Soni Sori case

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party National Secretary D Raja urged him to take the matter "urgently" and intervene to "put an end to the persecution of Soni Sori and her family, including her nephew Lingaram Kodopi", who is also under arrest.

    18. Open Letter to the Supreme Court

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      This letter is apropos Soni Sori, in whose private parts, Dantewada SP had inserted pebbles, and whose case is currently in your court. Her medical examination was conducted following the directive issued by you. The doctors confirmed her allegations, and along with the medical report, they also sent the three pebbles they extracted from her private parts.

    19. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Debashis Das BILANDAPUR, INDIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I think there is no diffrent between both Bhagat sing and Kudiram bose with soni sori.

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      • almost 2 years ago

      Because such atrocities against anybody is downright disgusting. Because it is news like this that makes us a third world society, and keeps us a long way away from being a modern society. Because it violates the most fundamental human rights.

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      • almost 2 years ago

      this is the death of democracy..how can the cops do this?its pathetic..government should take too strict action against it nd should hang the cops involved in it..

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    • Arunita Ghosh CALCUTTA, INDIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      because this is for a good cause

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      • almost 2 years ago

      There should be justice

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