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Press Release: Women’s Delegation Meets President Pratibha Patil on Custodial Sexual Torture of Soni Sori

A delegation of women comprising of, Brinda Karat (M.P.), Annie Raja (NFIW), Uma Chakravarty, Vrinda Grover and Indira C, met with President Pratibha Patil today (14th May), and handed over a memorandum, detailing the gross violation of the human rights of tribal teacher, Soni Sori. The memorandum was also signed by Aruna Roy (MKSS), Kavita Srivastava (PUCL) and Vani S. on behalf of Saheli.

The delegation drew the attention of the President to the brutal custodial sexual torture inflicted on Soni Sori by the Chhattisgarh police and the medical report of Kolkata Hospital which had confirmed the same. The President expressed surprise when she heard that S.P. Ankit Garg, under whose direction the custodial sexual violence was alleged to have been inflicted, had received the President’s Gallantry award. The delegation suggested that an independent enquiry be initiated into the gallantry award given to S.P. Ankit Garg. The delegation also expressed apprehension that many other tribal women prisoners in Chhattisgarh jails had suffered similar violations.

The President heard the delegation attentively and assured them that she would write to the concerned governments and authorities.

The Memorandum submitted by the delegation is available here.


Soni Sori admitted to AIIMS

Finally, Soni has been admitted in AIIMS -with two women cops and one male cop on duty at her room.

Her lawyer, Colin went to see her. He says she seems weak and anemic, and is complaining of burning and pain in her stomach, burning and blisters in her genital area, and complained that the Hospital in Raipur didn’t treat her properly as per the recommendations of the NRS Hospital Kolkata.

We hope that AIIMS will examine and diagnose her with due diligence and treat her accordingly.
It is long overdue for Soni to get good medical care. Next step justice. 
Besides that, things that have happened are:

  • Dr T N Seema, CPI (M), Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) raised the question in Parliament on what basis the admission was rejected at AIIMS, in whose custody Soni has been, why there has been no enquiry into her allegations and instead a gallantry award given to the SP Ankit Garg, etc today. Tribal Affairs Minister Kishore Chandra Deo has said he will look into the matter. So its a good piece of action.
  • It is also clear that she was kept in police custody last night – THOUGH she should have been kept in judicial custody
  • A letter was sent to the Home Minister seeking an explanation, and demanding that she be brought immediately to the hospital and admitted, as per the SC orders.
  • Delegations have met the NCW and NHRC seeking that they at least take her statement – since they have done nothing else so far. But they are hiding behind the excuse that the matter is sub-judice. NHRC said they will discuss and decide whether they can do so.  NCW has said they will see what interventions are now possible within their remit. We will follow both up.

Meanwhile, see The Hindu.

Also, the PTI news piece (warning: it calls her a naxal sympathiser!):

– from concerned citizens

Urgent Alert on Soni Sori

Soni Sori was taken in the early hours of 9th May from Raipur Central Jail to be brought to AIIMS, following the SC orders of 2nd May. However, she was not admitted there and as of late night of 9th, there was no information about her whereabouts!

Hospital authorities have cited various reasons for not admitting her: that their medical review board had not yet been constituted, that she was produced at AIIMS after 4.00 PM and therefore could not be admitted, etc. None of these are convincing because the Supreme Court order clearly states Soni Sori should be admitted, evaluated by the review board and treated as required at AIIMS itself, and all necessary arrangements for her stay be made.
Of course, concerns for Soni’s safety and well-being run very deep, because of the horrific experiences she has had with the Chattisgarh Police.

The government should ensure that Soni is brought to AIIMS immediately and the authorities at AIIMS should admit her. The authorities need to demonstrate firmly that they respect, and will abide by, the order of the Supreme Court without any further delay.

AIDWA, SAHELI, WSS (on behalf of the campaign group in delhi)

IADHRI Cautiously Welcomes Supreme Court Order To Bring Soni Sori to AIIMS for Independent Medical Treatment

May 8, 2012


The Supreme Court of India on May 2nd, 2012, ordered the government of Chhattisgarh to bring Soni Sori to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi for immediate and independent medical evaluation and treatment. The order came after a special hearing following reports of serious problems with Soni Sori’s health and complaints of denial of treatment by Chhattisgarh jail authorities. The International Alliance for the Defence of Human Rights in India (IADHRI) welcomes the Supreme Court order, but with serious reservations.

Prior to the Supreme Court hearing, IADHRI had submitted to the Prime Minister and other senior officials an open letter endorsed by more than 200 individuals, including Aruna Roy, Jean Dreze, Prof. Noam Chomsky and several other activists and other concerned individuals from around the world#. We have been distressed and extremely concerned about the unethical behaviour of doctors at the Raipur hospital, who have not taken her medical complaints seriously. The Supreme Court order validates our demand that Soni Sori should be given immediate access to health care outside of Raipur.

While we are hopeful that Soni Sori may finally receive at AIIMS the medical treatment that she has long needed, we also have several concerns:

  1. Sori is going to be under the control of the Chhattisgarh police while undergoing evaluation and treatment at AIIMS. It is this same police who subjected her to severe torture and sexual abuse. As the Supreme Court observed in its order, the investigating authorities have not satisfactorily explained the discovery of stones lodged inside Sori’s private parts. And there has been no investigation until now to hold the responsible officials accountable. Therefore, in the same spirit in which the Supreme Court ordered independent medical examination and treatment for Soni Sori, it should also have entrusted her to the independent custody of the Delhi police.

    We are also concerned because the Chhattisgarh police has a history of willful violations of Supreme Court orders. Of particular relevance here is the case of another adivasi woman, Sodi Sambho, who was a witness to a massacre committed by security forces on October 1, 2009, in the village of Gompad in Chhattisgarh. In January 2010, while she was en route to seek medical treatment at St. Stephen’s Hospital in Delhi for a bullet wound she had suffered during the massacre, Sodi was seized by the Chhattisgarh police and forcibly brought to AIIMS. This was in clear contravention of a Supreme Court order of January 7, 2010, which explicitly directed the police not to interfere with Sodi Sambho in any manner. The AIIMS security staff, in collusion with the Chhattisgarh police, prevented concerned citizens and those who had accompanied her from meeting with Sodi at AIIMS. Sodi’s current whereabouts are unknown. A writ petition regarding the massacre Sodi witnessed is still pending before the Supreme Court.

  2. Soni Sori has undergone severe physical and psychological trauma resulting from torture and its aftermath, which was further aggravated by the hostility, ridicule and indifference she has encountered from the jail and medical personnel in Chhattisgarh. We ask that the Board of Doctors constituted by the Supreme Court evaluate both physical and psychological aspects of her condition and provide appropriate treatment and counseling.

  3. The Supreme Court order makes clear that Sori’s advocate Colin Gonsalves will be entitled to visit her in AIIMS to ensure that the order is properly carried out. We are concerned that the Chhattisgarh government would interpret this restrictively and prevent others from meeting Sori while she is undergoing treatment at AIIMS.

    1. Sori is the mother of three young children. These children and their guardians should be allowed to see her in the hospital.

    2. As is well-known, Sori has been falsely implicated in several criminal cases. All her lawyers should be entitled to meet her while she is at AIIMS.

    3. Even convicted prisoners are allowed to have visitors. Undertrial prisoners like Sori have even more rights. They are allowed to receive a reasonable number of visitors including family, friends, advocates and their juniors,. It would be an unreasonable restriction on Sori and an arbitrary punishment that she receive no visitors at AIIMS other than two named advocates, one of whom represents the state.

    4. N. Baijendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, had assured a women’s group in New Delhi last October of Sori’s safety and invited the group to visit her in the Raipur jail. However, a delegation sent by the group in January was turned away by the Raipur jail authorities. Considering the nature of abuse and her continuing custody with the accused police force, it is essential that representatives of concerned women’s groups be able to visit Sori at AIIMS to ensure that she is not subjected to further torture or harassment.

Bearing these concerns in mind, we call upon the government of Chhattisgarh to carry out the Supreme Court order in letter and spirit immediately and faithfully this time.

We also call upon the administration and the medical staff of AIIMS to follow the Supreme Court order and to remember their legal and ethical obligations. While examining and treating Soni Sori, AIIMS personnel, including the medical doctors, must bear in mind that:

  • Standards of medical ethics  and the law require that AIIMS personnel provide the same high quality care to Sori that they would provide to any other patient.

  • The medical doctors must examine both her physical and her psychological health and provide the required treatment remembering that she is a victim of torture and abuse.

  • Torture is unconstitutional and illegal under Indian and international law. Assisting torture in any way, including in its cover-up, is also an offense under these laws. It would also be completely unethical since medical professionals are duty-bound to alleviate the suffering and pain of their patients.

  • They should make sure that the Chhattisgarh police do not further harass or torture Soni Sori, physically or mentally, while she is in the hospital.

Soni Sori vs. Chhattisgarh: Supreme Court Order – 2nd May 2012

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WP (Crl.) 206/2011

ITEM NO.1                       COURT NO.2            SECTION X

               S U P R E M E       C O U R T   O F    I N D I A
                                RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

                      CRL.M.P. NOS.1104, 4981 and 8976 OF 2012
                         WRIT PETITION (CRL.) NO.206 OF 2011

SONI SORI & ANR                                           Petitioner(s)


STATE OF CHHATISGARH                                      Respondent(s)

(With appln(s) for directions)

Date: 02/05/2012        This Petition was called on for hearing today.

                     HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE ALTAMAS KABIR
                     HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE J. CHELAMESWAR

For Petitioner(s)          Mr. Colin Gonsalves, Sr. Adv.
                           Ms. Amiy Shukla, Adv.
                           Ms. Jyoti Mendiratta, AOR

For Respondent(s)          Mr. Atul Jha, Adv.
                           Mr. Sandeep Jha, Adv.
                           Mr. Dharmendra Kumar Sinha, AOR

              UPON hearing counsel the Court made the following
                                  O R D E R

               This writ petition has been filed by one Ms. Soni
      Sori and another, complaining of brutality in custody and,
      inter alia, praying for a Special Investigating Team to be
      constituted for investigating the complaints made by her.
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Supreme Court directs Chhattisgarh government to bring Soni Sori to AIIMS for treatment

On 2nd May a bench of Supreme Court judges, Justices Altamas Kabir and Jasti Chalameshwar, directed the Chhattisgarh state to produce the Adivasi teacher, Soni Sori, in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences within one week. Reacting to descriptions of her continuing severe medical health problems in letters received from Soni Sori in Raipur jail and from her advocate who had met with her, the Supreme Court expressed deep concern about Soni Sori’s medical condition and recommended that she be brought to AIIMS at the earliest for a thorough medical examination and full treatment. The Director of AIIMS has also been directed to constitute a Medical Board comprising of Heads of Gynecology, Endocrinology and other departments who would examine Ms. Sori and treat her, and give their opinion on her condition to the Supreme Court by July 10th.

Ms. Soni Sori is the Superintendent of Jabeli ashram for tribal children in Dantewada. She had been arrested in Delhi on Oct 4 2011 for being a suspected Maoist sympathizer. Having faced police harassment for over a year while functioning in her government-appointed post, she was in Delhi at that time to file a complaint against the Chhattisgarh police and expose them in the media. Fearing torture at the hands of Chhattisgarh police after her arrest, she had appealed to the Delhi High Court to keep her in custody in Delhi and not send her to Chhattisgarh, but her plea was rejected. Subsequently, she was brutally tortured by the Chhattisgarh police while she was in their custody from 8-10 October 2011; torture that has since been corroborated by an independent medical examination conducted by NRS Hospital and Medical College in Kolkata.

The Supreme Court today made mention of the brutalization of Ms. Sori that was confirmed by the Kolkata Hospital which recovered three stones inserted deep inside the private parts of Ms. Soni, during the torture she was subjected to in her custodial interrogation. The Kolkata hospital had recommended that she be brought back for further treatment and examination at the end of 15 days — but more than six months have passed since her examination in Kolkata in October 2011 and not only has she not been taken back for treatment, even the medicines prescribed by the Kolkata doctors are not being given to her. The letters read out in court today described her worsening medical condition where she complains of intermittent bleeding, anemia, vaginal discharges, prolapsed uterus, difficulty in standing and walking, variably high blood pressure, numbness in limbs etc. In these letters, it was also described how the Chhattisgarh jail authorities are withholding Ms. Soni’s treatment despite court orders, and how Ms. Sori has to suffer their taunts for simply requesting medical treatment.

Taking note of all these, the Supreme Court expressed the need for urgent medical examination and treatment of Ms. Soni Sori. Even though the counsel for state of Chhattisgarh pressed that her treatment should be in a Raipur hospital, the Court categorically stated that it can only be done in an independent institution. Since the counsel for Chhattisgarh state expressed reservations about treatment at NRS Hospital in Kolkata, the court directed that Ms. Sori should be immediately brought and examined at AIIMS.

IADHRI Appeals to the Prime Minister and Other Officials To Save Soni Sori’s Life

An open letter from IADHRI to the Prime Minister, Home Minister, Chhattisgarh CM and other officials. The letter has already been endorsed by individuals listed below. If you would like to endorse, as either an individual or an organisation, please send email to:                     [Press Release, 29th April, 2012]


Open Letter:                                                                    

We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned by the rapidly worsening health of Soni Sori in Raipur Central Jail. She has been passing blood with her urine, is having difficulty to sit or get up, and has lost considerable weight. Despite doctors from NRS Medical Hospital having confirmed that stones had been inserted into her vagina and rectum, Soni Sori has received no proper medical attention.We fear for Soni’s life and are outraged and ashamed at this inhuman treatment of a woman in India.

Soni Sori, 35, is an adivasi school teacher from Dantewada who was arrested in New Delhi on Oct 4 2011. Six months have passed since Soni was tortured physically and sexually but neither the state nor the central government has investigated the abuse. Her case has been repeatedly listed up in the Supreme Court but has been postponed every time. Throughout the duration of Soni Sori’s imprisonment, the state has also tried to stifle her communications with the civil society. In January this year, a team from various women’s groups across the country went to Raipur Jail to meet Soni, but they were prevented from doing so by the administration.

The brutal treatment meted out to Soni Sori, and the prevailing situation of conflict and repression in Chhattisgarh, cause us grave concern about Soni in particular, and the situation of women prisoners, in general. We demand immediate access for fact-finding groups to meet with Soni Sori and others to assess their condition in jail, particularly their medical situation. We fear that Soni Sori’s condition is rapidly deteriorating, and demand that she receive immediate medical attention.


Harsh Mander
Meena Kandaswamy, Poet, Writer, Activist
Prof. Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor Emeritus, MIT
Prashant Bhushan, Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Anand Patwardhan, Filmmaker
Aruna Roy, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS)
Nikhil Dey,  Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS)
Shankar Singh,  Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS)
Dr. Deepankar Basu, Prof of Economics, UMass Amherst
Dr. Prithvi R Sharma, MD
Jean Dreze, Allahabad University
Uma Chakravarti, Retd Professor, Delhi University
Anand Chakravarti, Retd Professor, Delhi University
Githa Hariharan, Writer
Arundhati Roy, Writer & Social Activist
Mohan Rao, Professor, JNU, Delhi
Geetha Nambisan
Dr. Abha Sur, Women Studies, MIT
Hiren Gandhi, Darshan, Amhedabad
Dr. Saroop Dhruv, Darshan, Amhedabad
Alisha Sett, Student, Tufts Univ
Dr. Suvrat Raju, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
Manasi Pingle, Film Maker
Admiral L Ramdas, Former Chief of Naval Staff, Alibag
Lalita Ramdas, Alibag
Prof. K.N. Panikkar
Dr. Jonathan E Fine, M.D, Founder Physicians for Human Rights
Santosh Rohit, Graduate Student, Univ. of Buffalo
Dr. KS Sripada Raju
Shrikumar Poddar
Mayurika Poddar
Soundarya Iyer, PhD student, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
Prof. Ved Vatuk
Nurul Kabir
Karthik Sekhar, PhD student, MIT
Priyanka Srivastava
Ananyo Maitra
Srihari Murali, Indian Institute of Science
Dr. Jonathan E. Fine, Founder Physicians For Human Rights
Dr. Joyoni Dey, Professor, UMass Medical School
Dr. Amit Basole, Asst. Prof., Bucknell Univ
Dr. Veena Poonacha, Director, Research Center for Women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University, Maharastra
Dr. Jinee Lokaneeta, Prof. Drew Univ, NJ: Author of Transnational Torture, Law, Violence, and State Power in the United States and India, NYU Press
Arati Chokshi,  Secretary, PUCL- Karnataka
Himadri Sekhar,  Delhi School of Economics, Delhi
Jyoti Punwani, Journalist, Mumbai
Rajasekhar Jammalamadaka
Aashish Sangoi
Parvathy Prem, Graduate student, University of Texas at Austin
Vishal Kudchadkar, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Snehal Shingavi, Assistant Professor, English, University of Texas at Austin
Sucharit Katyal, Graduate student, University of Texas at Austin
Neetu Jain, Association for India’s Development, Austin
Shikha Gupta, Association for India’s Development, Austin
Anand Surada, Association for India’s Development, Austin
Sivasankari Krishnanji, Association for India’s Development, Dallas
Yatin Phatak, Association for India’s Development, Dallas
Kirankumar Vissa, Hyderabad, India
Sukla Sen
Priti Turakhia Mumbai, India
Indira Chakravarthi
Reva Yunus
Sridhar Seshan
Kashif-ul-Huda, Editor,
Shalini Gera, Delhi, India
Asha Kilaru, Independent Public Health Researcher, Jan Aroghya Andolaan – Karnataka
Pranesh Prakash
Dr. Garga Chatterjee, Researcher, MIT
Daniel Mazgaonkar, Mumbai
Rohini Hensman, Mumbai
Reena Mary George, University of Vienna, Austria
Renu Pariyadath, University of Iowa, Iowa
Chirag Bhangale
Himanshu Kumar
Dr. Margaret McFadden, Prof Emerita, Women’s Studies, Living/Learning Academic Center, Appalachian State Univ, NC
K.J.Mukherjee, Professor, JNU, Delhi
Yasmin Saikia Hardt-Nickachos, Chair in Peace Studies, Professor of History, Arizona State University
Dr. Vandana Prasad
Piya Chatterjee Associate Professor, Department of Women’s Studies, University of California at Riverside
Uma Chandru, Member, PUCL-Bangalore & WSS
Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Documentary Filmmaker/Lecturer, AfroLez® Productions
Jane Ward, Associate Professor, Department of Women’s Studies, University of California, Riverside
Vidya Bhushan Rawat, Delhi
Satyen K. Bordoloi, Journalist, Film Critic, Mumbai
Madhuri Krishnaswamy, Jagrit Adivasi Dalit Sangathan, M.P.
Gowru Chinnapa
Navaneetha Mokkil, Assistant Professor, Central University of Gujarat
Shripad Dharmadhikary, Manthan Adhyayan Kendra, Badwani, MP
Kavita Srivastava, PUCL National Secretary
Pushkar Raj, General Secretary, PUCL
Mahipal Singh, National Secretary PUCL
Radha Kant Saxena, Vice President, PUCL, Rajasthan
Prem Krishna Sharma, President, PUCL, Rajasthan
Nishat Hussein, V.P President, PUCL Rajasthan
Mamta Jaitly, Vividha Mahila Alekhan evam Sandharbh kendra,
Renuka Pamecha, WRG, Jaipur
Indu Krishnan, Independent Documentary Film Maker
Debo Prosad Roy Choudhury, Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR)
Leni Chaudhuri, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Mumbai.
Reena Mary George, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Katyayani Poet, activist, Chairperson of Janchetna
Shivarth Pandey, Disha Students Organisation
Abhinav, Disha Student Organisation
Sukhwinder Editor, Mazdoor Bigul & Pratibadh (Punjabi journal)
Sandeep Samwad, Journalist & Activist
Tapish Maindola, Textile Workers Union, Gorakhpur
Rajwinder, Karkhana Mazdoor Union, Ludhiana
Ajay Swami, Delhi Metro Kamgar Union
Lakhwinder, Editor, Lalkar, Punjab
Meenakshy, Arvind Memorial Trust
Kalpana Karunakaran, Assistant Prof., IIT Madras
Madhusree Mukherjee, Writer
Abha Bhaiya, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Dr Debabrata Roy, Laifungbam President, Elders’ Council, Centre for Organisation Research & Education, Manipu
Shankar Gopalakrishnan, Campaign for Survival and Dignity
Janet Chawla
Pushpa Achanta Member, WSS-Karnataka
Gracy Andrew, Country Manager, CorStone,
Ramneek Singh, Playwright, Bangalore
Amar Jesani, Editor, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
Dr. Anand Philip, Medico Friend Circle
Pushpa Achanta, WSS, Bangalore
Nisha Biswas, Kolkata
Ritika Shrimali, York University, Canada
Dunu Roy, Hazards Centre
Janaki Nair, Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, JNU
Mohan Rao, Professor, JNU
Vinod Raina
Nalini Visvanathan
Tithi Nandy, HEALTHWATCH Forum, UP
Jasodhara Dasgupta, National Alliance on Maternal Health and Human Rights
Siddhartha Sharma, ISI, Kolkata
Kirity Roy, MAUSUM & Programme Against Custodial Torture & Impunity
Mohit Jaiswal
Devra Weber, Associate Professor, UC Riverside
Kiran Uppalapati, Charlotte, NC
Chandni Sheth
Dr. Anish Mokashi, Independent Researcher, Coimbatore
Junuka Deshpande, Artist and filmmaker, Coimbatore
Dr. Smita Mukherjee, University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Pittsburgh
Shalini Bhutani, Legal Researcher, New Delhi
Joanna Levitt, Director, International Accountability Project, California
Dr. Reety Arora, Association for India’s Development, Pittsburgh
Rounak Narvekar, Association for India’s Development, Pittsburgh
Prerna Grover, Graduate student, University of Pittsburgh
Madhav Sankunny, Graduate student, University of Pittsburgh
Chris Mason, Amnesty International Group 39, Pittsburgh
Dr. Ashwin Kumar, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
Lavanya Subramanian, Graduate student, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
Kaushik Vaidyanathan, Graduate student, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
Jordana Rosenfeld, Amnesty International Group 39, Pittsburgh
Mamata Dash, Activist and Independent Researcher
Madhuresh Kumar, NAPM
Sylvanna Falcon, Assistant Professor Latin American & Latino Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Prof of English and Director of Gender Studies, Montclair State University, NJ
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University
Erin Runions, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Pomona College, California
Devra Weber, Associate Professor, History, UC-Riverside
Dipti Misri, University of Colorado
Dr. Swati Dhawan
Swapna Kollu, Researcher, Boston
Rupal Oza
Komal Choksi, Psychologist, New York City
Shibani Potnis
Rucha Chitnis
Madhav Srimohan
Dr. Sanjeev Mahajan, Mountainview, CA
Tsering Dhundup, Dharamshala, India
Deeksha Bajpai Tewari, Delhi University
Sudharshana Bordoloi, York University, Canada
Ajay Panicker
SR Hiremath, Samaj Parivartan Samuday, Karnataka
Amrita Basu, Departments of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies, Amherst College
Mahtab Alam, Civil Rights’ Activist and Journalist, Delhi
Shabnam Hashmi, Social Activist, Delhi
Patricia Morton, Chair and Associate Professor of Architectural History, Univ of California, Riverside
Jaskiran K. Mathur PhD,  Chairperson Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, St. Francis College, NY
Vivek Sundara, HRA,Mumbai
Naazneen Diwan, Los Angeles
Archana A. Pathak PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
Bettina Aptheker, Distinguished Professor, Feminist Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Anjali Arondekar, Associate Professor Department of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Basuli Deb, Assistant Professor,English/Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dr. Padma Balasubramanian
Prof. Bishnupriya Ghosh, Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara
Deepa Rajkumar
Punita Chaudhary, Filmmaker, Mumbai
Asutosha Acharya, York University
Nishant Upadhyay, York University
Rahul Varman, IIT, Kanpur
Pradeep Esteves, Bangalore
Dr. Abhay Shukla, Pune
Priya Thangarajah
Aditi Malhotra
Pratiksha Baxi, CSLG, JNU
Sheba George, Ahmedabad
Minnie Vaid, Filmmaker and author
Rona Wilson, Secretary, Public Relations, Committee for Release of Political Prisoners
Shoma Sen, Committee Against Violence on Women
Jayasree Subramanian, TISS, Hyderabad
Vani Subramanian, Saheli Women’s Resource Centre. Delhi
Kavita Krishnan, AIPWA
Aarti Sethi, Columbia University
Patricia Morton, Chair and Associate Professor of Architectural History, UC Riverside
Soumitra Ghosh, North Bengal Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers, SIliguri
Sanjay Basu Mullick, Jharkhand Jangal Bachao Andolan, Ranchi
Pushpa Toppo, Jharkhand Jangal Bachao Andolan
Madhu Mehra, New Delhi
Sushil Khanna Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
Rajashri Dasgupta Journalist, Kolkata
Nandini Rao
Kavita Shourie Vissanji, Samskara Wellness, Mumbai
Vijayshree Danthurthi, Charlotte, NC
Nitin Sonawane
Purba Rudra, Kolkata
Balmurli Natrajan Mining Zone People’s Solidarity Group, USA
Vidya Kalaramadam, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, William Paterson University of New Jersey
Elizabeth Gillaspy
Nandita Ghosh
Amrita Shodhan, Teacher, London, UK
Runu Chakraborty
Christine Guzaitis Department Chair, Gender and Women’s Studies, Scripps College
Richa Nagar, Unıversıty of Mınnesota
Joe Athialy, New Delhi
Chakraverti Mahajan
Manasi Mayerkar, University of Pittsburgh
Anindya Dutta
Maj Gen S.G.Vombatkere (Retd), Mysore
Rıcha Nagar, Unıversıty of Mınnesota
Anand Sivaraman, Entrepreneur, Bangalore
Manohar Elavarthi, Praja Rajakiya Vedike, Bangalore
Neeraj Malik
Christine Guzaitis, Assistant Professor, Department Chair, Gender and Women’s Studies, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Hardip Grewal
Christine Ward Gailey
Abha Bhaiya, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Esha Niyogi De, Lecturer, Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles
Sejal Sutaria, Assistant Professor of English, Earlham College, Indiana
Parama Roy, Professor of English, University of California, Davis
Jhuma Sen, Advocate, Supreme Court
Svati Joshi, Delhi University
Kabi Cubby Sherman, FAOW, Mumbai
Madhu Bhaduri
Asit Das
Shiraz Balsara Prabhu, Kashtakari Sanghatana
Dr. Gail Omvedt, Krantivir Babuji Patankar Sanstha
Dr. Bharat Patankar, President, Shramik Mukti Da
Archana Purushotham, Neurologist, Bangalore
Malika Virdi, Uttarakhand
Oeendrila Lahiri, JNU
Geeta Menon, Stree Jagruti Samiti, Domestic Workers Rights Union
Kumar Swamy, National Secretary, All India Christian Council
Gautam Chaudhury Kolkata
Jaya Vindhyala, Advocate, President, PUCL-AP
Paola Bacchetta, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Rajiv Mariwala, Bombay
Stan Swamy
Sangeeta Kamat
Richard Harkinson, London Mining Network, UK
Samantha Agarwal, Activist, New Delhi
Peter N. Jones, Bauu Institute and Press
Ranjana Padhi
Allwyn D’Silva
Harsh kapoor, SACW
Jayaprakash Rao Polsani
Amjad Ali E.M., Editor,
Sujata Mody
Anuradha Kapoor, Kolkata
Amitadyuti Kumar, APDR
Anurag Modi, Shramik Adivasi Sangathan
Shamim Meghani Modi, Asst. Professor, TISS, Mumbai
Aruna Burte
Bimla Chandrasekhar
Anand Pawar
Poonam Kathuria, Society for Women’s Action and Training Initiatives
Pragnya Joshi
Sadhna Arya
Madhu Bhaduri,  IFS and former Ambassador of India
Prof Sumit Sarkar
Prof Tanika Sarkar
Y Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy, Forest Rights activist and researcher, Hyderabad
Inderpal Grewal
JoAnn Martin, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Earlham College, Richmond Indiana
Niharika Banerjea, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Southern Indiana
Ananya Chatterjea, Professor, Dept of Theater Arts and Dance, University Minnesota
Yi-Chun T. Lin, Director & Professor, Women’s Studies Program, Southern Connecticut State University
Jean Comaroff, Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago
Manoj B.
Nandini Nayak Department of Development Studies, SOAS, London
Alka kurian Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Bothell
Vandana Mahajan
Kiran Shaheen, Right to water Campaign, Delhi
Agrotosh Mookherjee
Shahnaz Khan, Professor Women & Gender Studies and Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario
Juana María Rodríguez, Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley
Jessica Lehr
Diana Mavroleon, UK
Sheena Malhotra, Professor and Chair, Gender and Women’s Studies Department, California State University, Northridge
JoAnn Martin, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Earlham College, Indiana
Deepak Srinivasan
Nagaragere Ramesh
Darlena David, Graduate Student, London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Dr. Lubna Sarwath, POINTE, Hyderabad
Sanjukta Mukherjee, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Women’s & Gender Studies, DePaul University
Rachel Wahl, NYU
Mamta Shah, Drexel University
Dr. Bonnie Zare, Associate Professor, Gender & Women’s Studies Program, University of Wyoming
Parag Shah
Karthik Ranganathan
Tracy Fisher, Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s Studies, UC Riverside
Preeti Sampat
Ritu Sanghavi
Divya Somani
Gladson Dungdung, General Secretary, Jharkhand Human Rights Movement
Shishir Chandra, MASVAW, Lucknow
Anita Dighe
Vinita Damodaran
S.Srinivasan, LOCOST, Baroda
Renu Khanna, SAHAJ, Baroda
Dr. Mike Peck, Lecturer in Environmental Science (University of Sussex)
Dr Marcia Masiero
Margaret Dickinson, Filmmaker
Madhavi Yennapu, New Delhi
Roger Jeffery
Mary Mathai
Nandita Das, Actor, Director
Seema Mustafa
Niloufer Bhagwat
Varavara Rao
Seema Kulkarni
Dr. Vani Pariyadath, Maryland
Ayappa Biddanda
Catherine Kingfisher, Professor of Anthropology, Univ. of Lethbridge, Canada
Jahnavi Prasad
Mashal Awais, UT Austin
Srajan Bhagat
Jesse Collins
Santosh Gedam, IIMB
Arnaz Ranji
Dr. V. Rukmini Rao, Gramya Resource Centre for Women
Tahera Zabuwala
Dr. Sapna Samant
Dr. Sanjay Singh, MASVAW, Varanasi
Geeta Charusivam, Activist, Chennai
Dr. Yasmin Lodi, Director for Academic Planning and Development, Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad
Mohan Hirabai Hiralal
Sandeep Vaidya, Dublin, Ireland
Fiona Bolger, Poet/Writer, Dublin, Ireland
Ashim Jain
James Askew, Oxford, UK
Prof. Amit Bhaduri
Arun Kumar, JNU
Siddhartha Mitra, Sanhati, New York City
Pascha Bueno-Hansen, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware
James Mutti India Country Specialist, Amnesty International USA
Nityanand Jayaraman Writer, Chennai
Pandu Hegde
Nora Kropp Bangalore
Dr Adithya P SOCHARA, Bangalore
Narendra Gupta Chittorgarh
Sunil Mohan
Shivani Sharma
Kunal Deb
Preeta Naveen
Akhila Vasan, Janarogya Andolana Karnataka (JAAK)
Dr. Prashanth NS, Bangalore
Laura Pulido, Professor, Department of American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California
Raman Joha, Department of Public Administration,Panjab University, Chandigarh
Kiran Markenday, Pittsburgh, PA
Nisha Samabamurthy, Graduate student, Pittsburgh
Debamitra Das, Graduate student, Pittsburgh
Anirban Dasgupta, Senior Scientist, Yahoo! Research
Sapna Gupta, Phoenix, AZ
Yasmin Qureshi, Writer and Activist
Pratyush Bharati
Sulinya Ramanan, Cambridge, MA
Dr Priya Kurian Associate Professor, Political Science and Public Policy, The University of Waikato, New Zealand
Rati Rao, PUCL, Karnataka
Anuradha Joshi
Achut Borgavkar, Tathapi, Pune


Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia, MIT
Amnesty International, USA
Association for India’s Development
Bigul Mazdoor Dasta, Delhi
Committee Against Violence on Women (CAVOW)
India Foundation Inc. of Michigan
India Friends Association, California
International Alliance for Defense of Human Rights in India
Moving Republic, Bangalore
Matrika Charitable Trust
Peoples Solidarity Concerns, Bangalore
People’s Union for Civil Liberties, India
Preethi Mahilodaya Organization
South Asian Alliance, UK (
South Asians for Justice, Los Angeles
South Asia Solidarity Initiative
South Asian Bar Association of New York (
The South Asian Political Action Committee at Tufts University, MA
Vaishnava Center for Enlightenment Inc.
Vedanta Society of East Lansing, Michigan
ViBGYOR Film Collective, Thrissur
Women Against Sexual Violence & State Repression

Reading Soni Sori’s Letters from Prison: An International Women’s Day Video Montage

In a global show of solidarity marking the International Women’s Day, concerned citizens from around the world today released this video documentary based on letters written by imprisoned adivasi school teacher Soni Sori, currently held in the Central Jail in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.


Soni Sori’s Medical Report from the NRS Medical College and Hospital (excerpt)



Petition Demands, “Save Soni Sori! Punish Chhattisgahr Police!”

View and sign the petition here.

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